On the whole, a shivling is the heavenly unification of the male and the female power, which results in the formation of the globe. In accord with physical laws, it is the grouping of sex organs of both man and the woman. There are two main types of shivlings –
- a natural shivlinga
- an artificial shivlinga
Natural shivlings are formed in natural conditions and can be of ice, clay or sandstone. The ideal case would be the shivling, which gets shaped in the Amarnath cave every year. The shivling is made when water driblets from the top flow on the earth and a cylindrical structure gets formed.
The other example of natural shivling is Sidheshwarnath temple in the state of Arunanchal Pradesh. On the other hand, the man-made shivlings can be constructed with the help of materials such as, sandstone, metallic element, clay and even high quality wood.
Different materials indicate different things. A shivling constituted of scent and sandalwood is said to bring poise, the one that is made up of gold signifies success, the one fabricated of silver brings wealth and the shivling constituted of camphor stands for loyalty and heaven.
Lots of people bring a shivling at home but not many of them are familiar with the truth that only the parad or the narmedeshwar shivling should be worshiped at home. A narmedeshwar shivling is made with stones taken out of the Narmada River. It is thought that Narmada River stones are sanctified by Lord Shiva.