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The Linga Purana by Vedavyasa is one of the eighteen Mahapuranas. The place of this Purana is eleventh among the holy eighteen Puranas. The story of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva is described in the Linga Purana. In this Purana, the description of Ishan Kalp, Sarvvisarga, etc. is also found. The Linga Purana first describes Yoga and then Kalpa. This Purana is the best Purana among the eighteen Puranas.
The meaning of the word linga is a sign or symbol, it is found in the Vaisheshik Granth by Maharishi Kanad. According to Linga Purana, Shivling is a symbol of Jyotirupa Shakti of Lord Shiva. In this Purana, there is a description of the event manifested by Lord Shiva Jyoti Linga for the welfare of the universe. In the Linga Purana, the description of fasting-yoga Shivarchan Yagya Havanadi is found. Linga Purana is a supplementary text of Shiva Purana.
The Linga Purana of Lord Shiva, composed by Vedavyasa, has 163 chapters and 11,000 verses. The glory of Lord Shiva has been described in detail in this Purana. In the Linga Purana, there is a description of the story of 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva and the story of Ishan Kalpa, Sarvvisarga, etc.
Shiva Purana, Linga Purana, Skanda Purana, Matsya Purana, and Kurma Purana have the glory of Linga worship in all the Puranas. In the Linga Purana, the primary nature has been described in the form of Linga.
प्रधानं प्रकृतिश्चैति यदाहुर्लिंगयुत्तमम्।
गन्धवर्णरसैर्हीनं शब्द स्पर्शादिवर्जितम् ॥
Pramukh Prakritischaiti Yadahurlingyuttam.
Gandhavarnasarheenam word sparshadivarjitam.
The dominant nature is said to be the perfect linga, which is neutral or barred from smell, color, taste, word and touch.
The story of Linga Purana is similar to that of Shiva Purana. Linga Purana is very simple, easy, comprehensive and complete description is found, it is not in any other Purana. In the Linga Purana, there is a story about the appearance of the Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. For the welfare of the people, the account of the Ishaan Kalpa is included with the symptoms of the entire canto, Visarga, etc.
In the Linga Purana composed by Maharishi Vedavyas, the first description of Yoga and Kalpakhyayan is found. Then there is a description of the worship and emergence of the Linga, the description of the dialogue of Sanatkumar and Shailadi, the character of Dadhichi, and the description of Yuga Dharma.
In Linga Purana, description of Linga Pratishtha, description of Kashi and Shree Shail, description of the story of Andhakasur, description of Jalandhar slaughter, description of Shiva Tandava, Kamadeva Dahan, and thousand names of Lord Shiva are found.
The abode of Lord Shiva is in the Linga Purana. By simply listening to the Linga Purana, all the sins of a human being are destroyed. The sacred Linga Purana, which performs welfare, brings welfare to the soul and makes the soul Shiva. By listening to this Purana, a person does not suffer at the time of death and after renouncing the body, one attains the world of Shiva.
एकेनैव हृतं विश्वं व्याप्त त्वेवं शिवेन तु।
अलिंग चैव लिंगं च लिंगालिंगानि मूर्तय:॥
Ekenaiva hritam vishwam vivam tvevam shiven tu.
aling chaiva lingam cha lingalingani idol:॥
The creation (world) was destroyed by one of the three forms of Shiva and it pervades through that Shiva. Alinga, Linga, and Lingalinga are the three idols of that Shiva.
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