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Hinduism - What Is A Mukhalinga?


Mukhalinga is a variant of the linga, a pillar-shaped item that represents Shiva.

On the shaft of a mukhalinga, one or more faces (mukha) are carved.

The number of faces on the linga should not exceed the number of doorways in the temple, according to texts detailing the shape and construction of Hindu statues.

Thus, a temple with one entryway should have one mukhalinga, and so on, up to four mukhalingas.

These faces should likewise face the entrances, according to the guidelines.

T. A. Gopinatha Rao's Elements of Hindu Iconography, published in 1981, is a good source of knowledge.



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