Definition of lingam in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɪŋɡam/
(also linga /ˈlɪŋɡə/)


A symbol of divine generative energy, especially a phallus or phallic object as a symbol of Shiva. Compare with yoni.
Example sentences
  • In particular, Hinduism and the lingam, or phallic symbol associated with the god Siva, are highlighted.
  • In the same area we find the Raghunath temple with icons of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Hanuman, Radha and Krishna, with 51 Shiva lingas and 34 Saalgraams.
  • At the feast for Shiva, for example, villagers prepare a huge, steamed rice cake made in the shape of a lingam (Shiva's phallic symbol) and stuffed with cheese, molasses, and coconut.


From Sanskrit liṅga, literally 'mark, (sexual) characteristic'.

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