The Shiva Lingam is considered to be a symbol of energy coming out of the ‘Lord of the Universe’. It is worshipped by Hindus all over the world. They seek the blessings of the Lord Almighty, for the well being of their family.
The worship of the Lingam is considered to be a symbolic belief that a family life starts with a blissful marriage and the husband is dutiful, conscientious, and devoted to his wife. It also signifies the devoutness by the husband and wife towards virtual and traditional living for a better bonding of the holy matrimony. This is another classic instance, where the Hindu religion demonstrates a more responsible mode of family life.
Tradition states that when a couple worships the Lingam, they seek a happy and long, conjugal life. The Worshipping of the Lingam is quite popular among women. Woman prays to the Lord to endow the best qualities in her husband, like that of the Lord. Even Unmarried girls visit the temple to worship the Lingam and seek his blessings so that they can have a husband, who would be strong, loving and caring, the same way Lord Shiva is to his wife, Parvati.
There are many temples across India that has popular Shiva Lingam temples and are thronged by millions of devotees all the year round. The devotees pour water over the Lingam, while praying. Pots with small holes are filled with milk or water and hung over the Lingam is a common sight. This is one of the major rituals followed during the worship of the Lingam.