(1) 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.(2) When he did not return, Sita quickly made a lingam and Ram installed it.(3) His phallus, or lingam , enshrined in most Hindu temples, is worshipped and revered by the world's 300 million followers of the Hindu religion.(4) Peering over the railings, the Venkatramans jostled to catch a glimpse of the earthen lingam at the shadowy heart of the sanctuary.(5) This lingam diminishes gradually as the moon wanes and increases as the moon grows.(6) We reach the upper level; there are more flowers here, placed near a lingam in an alcove.(7) The altar's focal point on Sivaratri is the lingam , Lord Siva represented as a simple rounded stone.(8) In particular, Hinduism and the lingam , or phallic symbol associated with the god Siva, are highlighted.(9) The lingam is a symbol of Shiva, though the word has the broader meaning of ‘sign’.(10) He noted that wherever there was room for one more lingam, a lingam was there.(11) The deity was a lingam , the abstract phallic symbol which is the most common representation of Shiva.(12) Fifty thousand devotees praying to the lingam and weeping passionately with hands clasped around their necks were massacred in cold blood.(13) Some worship stones, borne on their heads; some hang lingams from their necks.(14) The relation between icon and ruler is particularly well documented for the Shiva linga , whose looting, display, and desecration clearly carried a powerful political message, even if framed within the context of orthodox conformity.(15) Gradually, we recognise this as an optical illusion: the linga and yoni are, in fact, the solid-painted negative spaces between interlacing torsos; we see now one, now the other element of the pattern.(16) 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.