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The author s and date of the Linga Purana is unknown, and the estimates place the original text to have been composed between the 5th- to 10th-century CE.
The text exists in many inconsistent versions, and was likely revised over time and expanded. The extant text is structured into two parts, with a cumulative total of chapters. The text presents cosmology, mythology, seasons, festivals, geography, a tour guide for pilgrimage Tirtha , a manual for the design and consecration of the Linga and Nandi, stotras, the importance of these icons, a description of Yoga with claims of its various benefits.
The estimate composition dates for the oldest core of Linga Purana vary between scholars, ranging from the 5th-century CE to 10th-century. Like all the Puranas, the Linga Purana, has a complicated chronology. Dimmitt and van Buitenen state that each of the Puranas is encyclopedic in style, and it is difficult to ascertain when, where, why and by whom these were written: As they exist today, the Puranas are a stratified literature.
Each titled work consists of material that has grown by numerous accretions in successive historical eras. Thus no Purana has a single date of composition. It is as if they were libraries to which new volumes have been continuously added, not necessarily at the end of the shelf, but randomly.
However, the manuscripts of the text assert in verse 2. Some scholars suggest that the entire Uttara-bhaga may be a later insertion or attachment to the older part. The text is titled after its theme, that is the worship of Linga, and the text is primarily focussed on Shiva as Supreme.
However, along with Shiva-related themes, the Linga Purana includes chapters dedicated to Vedic themes, as well as includes reverence for Vishnu and Brahma. The Linga Purana discusses the idea of Ardhanarishvara, asserting that the goddess is the mother of the universe and she is the altar of the god. God and goddess, linga and yoni, are co-creators of the universe, both centers of power and divine splendor, states the text. It is an important concept in Hindu texts, wherein Linga is a manifested sign and nature of someone or something.
It accompanies the concept of Brahman, which as invisible signless and existent Principle, is formless or linga-less. The Linga Purana states, "Shiva is signless, without color, taste, smell, that is beyond word or touch, without quality, motionless and changeless". The source of the universe is the signless, and all of the universe is the manifested Linga, a union of unchanging Principles and the ever changing nature. The Linga Purana text builds on this foundation.
The Linga Purana consists of two parts — the longer Purva-bhaga and the shorter Uttara-bhaga. They discuss diverse range of topics, and illustrative sections include: Cosmology: the text presents cosmology in several places. For example, in early chapters it refers to the Shvetashvatara Upanishad, and in chapter 1.
Astronomy: the Purana presents its theory of sun, moon, planets and stars in the night sky in chapters 1. Geography: the earth has seven continents asserts the text, and it then names and describes the mountains and rivers, what grows in various regions, the text woven in with mythology.
Tirtha pilgrimage : the holy cities of Varanasi, Kedarnath, Prayag and Kurukshetra are extolled in chapters 1. Yoga and ethics: the Linga Purana discusses Pashupata Yoga and ethics in many sections, such as chapters 1. Giving help to everyone, showing kindness to all, is called the highest worship of the Lord of eight forms. The chapter 1. The verses of the text, states Kramrisch, presents Linga as an aniconic symbol of both the matter and the spirit, the Prakriti and the Purusha, whereby the "powers of creation, liberation and annihilation" are symbolized by the icon.
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