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Shiv Ling literally means the body of Shiv. Next to the symbol of Om, it is perhaps the most potent, powerful and popular symbol in the entire Hinduism. In almost all the Shiv temples, worship is generally made to Shiv Ling only. Very rarely we come across his images in the sanctum sanctorum of any Shiv temple. A Shiv Ling is usually a round or cylindrical and protruding object. The cylindrical part is held firmly by a circular base.Mentally it symbolizes the union of mind and body. Spiritually it represents the union between Purush and Prakriti, the highest principles of the manifest universe.The Shiv Ling is also symbolic of the Supreme Self. It is verily Maheshwar himself, the Highest Self and the Lord of the Universe. In this aspect it has three parts. The lower part represents Brahmaa. The middle part, which is octagonal in shape, represents Vishnu. The upper part, which is cylindrical in shape, represents Rudra and is also called Poojaa Bhag since it receives the actual offerings of milk and other substances.The Shiv Ling are normally found installed in the temples.many devotees of Shiv keep them in their houses also and offer regular worship. People are however cautioned not to keep Shiv Ling in their houses without offering worship, since they are believed to be powerful sources of divine energy.The round and smooth stones found in the river beds of the Narmadaa or the Godaavaree are considered to be the most ideal for worship. Some devotees wear Shiv Ling on their bodies or around their necks. When Shiv Ling are found fortuitously in the river beds and desolate places, it is considered to be a great omen. They are housed in temples or houses and offered regular worship.