According to Mahabharata and Matsya Purana, Shiva's linga is the
divine phallus, the source of the soul-seed which contains within
it the essence of the entire cosmos. All life is created from it
and when life is destroyed, it returns to the primal phallus of
Shiva. Together with the yoni bhaga which forms its base, the
linga represents the union of man and woman, Shiva and Shakti,
the Cosmic spirit combined with the cosmic substance that makes
The serpent represents the coiled energy of Kundalini, the power
that enables seeds to germinate. Shiva, always in touch with
Nature's mysteries, has a close relationship with serpents. He is
also called their lord, Naga-natha. In this Shiva linga, on a
three-tier base, stands a semi-circular yoni with the protruding
linga bearing. Shiva's mark of three horizontal lines and his
third eye placed obliquely. Two large serpents form the edge of
the yoni bhaga with their hoods serving as an umbrella over the
linga. One snake coils around the linga and faces towards the
narrower part of the yoni.
This simple, yet powerful symbol of Shiva is any Shaivite's
delight and owner's pride.
This description by Renu Rana.
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