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Lord Shiva manifesting as Taijasha Linga

(Ref: Skanda Purana - Arunachala Mahatmya - 1)

ShivaMeditation: I meditate on Lord Shiva manifesting as an infinite Taijasha Linga; the Linga whose ends could not be fathomed by Brahma and Vishnu.

Lord Shiva manifesting as Taijasha Linga: Once Brahma and Vishnu were fighting with each other, each asserting that he is primordial. Since their fight could destroy the universe, Lord Shiva manifested in the form of a Taijasha Linga (an infinite column of Fire) before them. An ethereal voice challenged them to find the beginning and end of the column of fire to prove their superiority. Vishnu took the form of a boar and started digging through the earth to find the root of the column. Brahma took the form of a swan and ascended in the sky to find the head of the column. Many many years passed but neither of them were able to find the source. They became utterly exhausted and realised their arrogance. They understood that Shiva is the eternal Atman which is the source of all creation. The sages realize Shiva by giving up their ego and meditating on the Atman.

Pilgrimage: Thiruvannamalai The place of the manifestation of the Taijasha Linga is identified with Thiruvannamalai in the Thiruvannamalai district of Tamil Nadu.


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