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lingam

The ancient Hindu term for the penis, which appears in the Kama Sutra and is often associated with Tantric sex.

lingam

A symbol for the penis in Indian religion. The Hindu phallic image of the god Siva. See also YONI.
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K.926, carrying a date of 624 (during the reign of Isanavarman), refers to the erection of an image of Harihara and then enumerates gifts of men, women, cows and ricefields to be held in common by Sankara-Narayana (Harihara) and a god named Suvarnalinga (a Siva linga made of gold).
In every case cited, Harihara is mentioned in association with a Siva linga. However, the stele of Vat Po (K.22), with its mention of a Visnu image, does seem to imply a more mixed context.
Srinivasan, while discussing the art forms associated with the three elements of Shaiva theology, namely Para Shiva (equivalent of formless Brahman), Sadashiva (representing sakala-nishkala or manifest-unmanifest intermediate stage), and Mahesha (fully manifested form or sakala aspect), clarifies that while the linga is said to represent the nishkala Para Shiva, the ekamukha-linga with one face refers to the Sadashiva aspect.
Sengupta went further and said that Shiva with his rear hands "holds the jata wound twice around the linga at the level of its neck....
Thus, the pair of arms with the garland belongs to the linga proper." Hartel and Kreisel believe that Mathura retained the two-armed Shiva throughout the Kushana period.
On the other hand, Doris Srinivasan writes: "The complete figure of Mahesha with ascetic's locks should be recognized in the well-known four-armed figure in front of the linga that Coomaraswamy first published as a second century AD Mathura linga....
Joshi wrote in 1984, (27) "In sculptures, we know of only one linga of the Kushana period from Mathura which has Shiva standing with one face and four arms....
This impressive Kushana murti-linga of great iconographical significance combines the image and linga aspects of Shiva.
Joshi, Pracina Bharatiya Murtivijnana (Hindi), uses the word murti-Iinga for image and linga, p.