A lingam (Sanskrit: लिङ्गं) is in Hinduism a phallus-shaped, elongated object, usually a small pillar or column, which represents the creative power of the god Shiva. Lingams are almost always made of stone. During a ritual milk or water is poured over the lingam. Subsequently, flowers which are placed on. Many Lingams have a yoni, this is a border around the linga which sacrificed liquids are collected. Yoni then represents the feminine, while the lingam represents the masculine. Some Lingams depicted the face of Shiva. This is called a "ekamukha-lingam". A lingam with four faces is called a "Chaturmukha-lingam." These four faces symbolize the four aspects of Shiva. In India find some Lingams formed by nature. A common example is an icicle which grows each winter in Amarnathgrot in Kashmir. Every year thousands of pilgrims visit the cave. Possible was already worshiped the lingam in India before Shaivism (Shiva cult in which the main deity is seen) arose. Although Lingams in Buddhism play a role, by Buddhists in caves built stupas, after the Buddhists left behind these caves, came into use by shaivisten as lingam. This is the case in a number of caves in the Indian state of Maharashtra. According to legend, would have to wait a saint named Bhrigu ever long for Shiva because they love the company was Parvati. After years of waiting would have expressed the holy ultimately a curse which Shiva would henceforth worshiped as his own penis.