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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lingamnoun

    the Hindu phallic symbol of Siva


  1. lingamnoun

    The penis or phallus, especially when worshipped as a symbol of or in connection with Shiva.

  2. Etymology: Compare,.


  1. Lingam

    A lingam (Sanskrit: लिङ्ग IAST: liṅga, lit. "sign, symbol or mark"), sometimes referred to as linga or Shiva linga, is an abstract or aniconic representation of the Hindu god Shiva in Shaivism. It is typically the primary murti or devotional image in Hindu temples dedicated to Shiva, also found in smaller shrines, or as self-manifested natural objects. It is often represented within a disc-shaped platform, the yoni – its feminine counterpart, consisting of a flat element, horizontal compared to the vertical lingam, and designed to allow liquid offerings to drain away for collection. Together, they symbolize the merging of microcosmos and macrocosmos, the divine eternal process of creation and regeneration, and the union of the feminine and the masculine that recreates all of existence.The original meaning of lingam as "sign" is used in Shvetashvatara Upanishad, which says "Shiva, the Supreme Lord, has no liūga", liuga (Sanskrit: लि‌ऊग IAST: liūga) meaning he is transcendental, beyond any characteristic and, specifically, the sign of gender. Lingam is regarded as the "outward symbol" of the "formless Reality", the symbolization of merging of the 'primordial matter' (Prakṛti) with the 'pure consciousness' (Purusha) in transcendental context.The metaphorical creative principle of lingam-yoni, the union of the feminine and the masculine, the eternal cosmological process of creation is also depicted in Chinese philosophy of Yin and Yang, where etymologically and semantically Yin represents the feminine, half-unity of consciousness and Yang denotes the masculine, the other half, together symbolizing the entirety or unity-consciousness in the creation. The lingam is conceptualized both as an emblem of generative and destructive power, particularly in the esoteric Kaula and Tantra practices, as well as the Shaivism and Shaktism traditions of Hinduism."Lingam" is found in Sanskrit texts, such as Shvetashvatara Upanishad, Samkhya, Vaisheshika and others texts with the meaning of "evidence, proof" of God and God's existence, or existence of formless Brahman. Lingam iconography found at archaeological sites of the Indian subcontinent and southeast Asia includes simple cylinders set inside a yoni; mukhalinga rounded pillars with carvings such as of one or more mukha (faces); and anatomically realistic representations of a phallus such as on the Gudimallam Lingam. In the Shaiva traditions, the lingam is regarded as a form of spiritual iconography.


  1. lingam

    Lingam is a Sanskrit term that refers to the phallus or male reproductive organ, often symbolized by a cylindrical stone or pillar, which is worshiped as a representation of the Hindu god Shiva. It is considered a sacred symbol of divine creative energy and the masculine aspect of life. Lingam is also associated with fertility and is commonly worshipped in Hindu temples and households.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lingamnoun

    the phallic symbol under which Siva is principally worshiped in his character of the creative and reproductive power

  2. Etymology: [Skr. liga.]


  1. Lingam

    The lingam is a representation of the Hindu deity Shiva used for worship in temples. The lingam is often represented alongside the yoni, a symbol of the goddess or of Shakti, female creative energy. The union of lingam and yoni represents the "indivisible two-in-oneness of male and female, the passive space and active time from which all life originates". The lingam and the yoni have been interpreted as the male and female sexual organs since the end of the 19th century by some scholars, while to practising Hindus they stand for the inseparability of the male and female principles and the totality of creation.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lingam

    ling′gam, n. the phallus in Hindu mythology, representative of Siva and the generative power of nature, its female counterpart the Yoni.—Also Ling′a. [Sans.]

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    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Lingam is ranked #75564 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Lingam surname appeared 255 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Lingam.

    93.7% or 239 total occurrences were Asian.
    3.1% or 8 total occurrences were White.
    2.3% or 6 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. laming

  2. malign

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lingam in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lingam in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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