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Each Linga comprises of 'Har' that is Lord Shiva and 'Hari' who is Lord Vishnu

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  • Hiranyagarbha is beginning of life and is a formula that is complete within itself and does not require any organ to reproduce
  • Like structure of DNA, which is double helix; Shiva Linga also represents double helix structure
  • Each Linga comprises of a ‘Har’ that is Lord Shiva and ‘Hari’ who is Lord Vishnu

Lord Shiva is the fundamental God of Hindus. He is worshipped in many forms bust most common form is Shiva Linga. As birth of Lord Shiva cannot be traced, we worship in form of Linga. The word “Linga” itself means symbol. The twelve Shiva Lingas or Jyotirlingas are worshipped by people all over the country.

A Shiva Linga comprises of three parts- top, middle and bottom part. The lowermost part has four sides and is underground while the middle part has eight sides and remains on pedestal. The part we actually worship is a top most part which is round and resembles like egg. This egg is sometimes referred to cosmic egg or what people generally call ‘Brahmanda’.

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As we know base structure of any life form is DNA and RNA. It is related to shiva linga. Here is the explanation.

Hiranyagarbha is beginning of life and is a formula that is complete within itself and does not require any organ to reproduce. It reproduces from one to two, two to four and so on like DNA which consists of genetic code and reproduces on its own. Like structure of DNA, which is double helix; Shiva Linga also represents double helix structure. Number of snakes wrapped around Shiva Linga in form of double helix.

4 heads of Shiva Linga (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
4 heads of Shiva Linga (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Some of the incidents in Mahabharata describes that Lord Shiva had four heads each in one direction. Just like DNA and RNA have four mononucleotides in each direction- Adenine, Guanine, Cytosine and Thymine (Uracil in case of RNA). Like each nucleotide has three components – Sugar, base and Phosphoric acid, Shiva also had 3 eyes in each head.

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When Shiva Linga originated, rishis thought that each Linga comprises of a ‘Har’ that is Lord Shiva and ‘Hari’ who is Lord Vishnu. One can easily found that Jalhari consists of 3 lines. Three in Sanskrit means ‘many’ or ‘multiple’. The sage imagines ‘Har’ is neutron and ‘Hari’ is proton inside nucleus. Lord Brahma is considered as electrons. This means that Lord Brahma is circulating around Hari as electrons revolve around nucleus.

Since neutrons have no charge, it is protons which held electrons in their orbits. This has been picturised as Hari (Lord Vishnu) ties up Brahma through thread attached to his naval. He is coordinating with Hari after creating nature and looks after it. Shiva is a neutron and just like a neutron is neutral and consists no charge, Shiva is also neutral and meditates alone in Himalayas.

Lord Shiva meditating (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Lord Shiva meditating. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

When a nucleus is broken or destroyed, a destructive energy releases. Similarly many epics had shown that if we disturb Lord Shiva energy will be released in form of Rudrani or Kali which would destroy everything.

If one looks at nuclear reactor, it looks like a Shiva Linga or mound. Water is sprinkled continuously on Lord Shiva to keep his temper in control. Hence, temper of Lord Shiva resembles a nuclear reactor.

Shiva Linga has not only religious importance but also scientific importance. Therefore, Shiva is the smallest and largest thing in the World.

-prepared by Aparna Gupta an intern at NewsGram. Twitter @writetoaparna99

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  • devika todi

    this link is very fascinating!

  • Aparna Gupta

    It is also said that Linga form of Lord Shiva is a peaceful form. This will help all those who believe in science to believe in Shiva Linga

  • AJ Krish

    Could this analogy be a mere coincidence? The whole idea seems very overwhelming.

  • Kp Sudhakar

    Good discovery! May you further discuss with learned and give us a comprehensive outllok. Best wishes

  • Shashank

    Shiva has 5 heads.

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  • devika todi

    this link is very fascinating!

  • Aparna Gupta

    It is also said that Linga form of Lord Shiva is a peaceful form. This will help all those who believe in science to believe in Shiva Linga

  • AJ Krish

    Could this analogy be a mere coincidence? The whole idea seems very overwhelming.

  • Kp Sudhakar

    Good discovery! May you further discuss with learned and give us a comprehensive outllok. Best wishes

  • Shashank

    Shiva has 5 heads.

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Number of Students Opting for Science or Tech Are On Rise in India

India leads the world in the number of students getting bachelors degrees in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

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India leads the world in the number of students getting bachelors degrees in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Of about 5 million students who received their bachelor’s degrees in 2012 in STEM subjects worldwide, 29.2 per cent were from India, UNCTAD’s Technology and Innovation Report 2018 released on Tuesday said.

China came next with 26 per cent of the STEM graduates. The EU accounted for 9.5 per cent of STEM graduates that year and the US for 6 per cent, the report said.

The report used statistics from 2012 and said the total number of bachelors-equivalent degrees awarded that year was 20 million.

The wide gulf in the numbers of students graduating in STEM explains why the US relies on such a large number of foreigners, especially Indians, to fill its technology workforce needs.

“Many countries are witnessing skills shortages in the fields of digital technologies and many employers report difficulties in filling high-skill vacancies,” UNCTAD said, citing a 2016 worldwide survey by ManpowerGroup on talent shortage that found that 40 per cent of employers reported difficulties in filling positions.

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According to India’s University Grants Commission, 10.7 million students were studying science, engineering/technology or computer science in 2016-17, although it did not give a breakdown between undergraduate and postgraduate levels or by year of study.

They made up 36 per cent of those studying in universities and colleges, UGC statistics showed.

Looking to the future, UNCTAD cautioned that “there were indications that educational institutions were not keeping pace with technological advances during the current transition period”.

It urged educational institutions to “react with agility” to the rapid pace of technology and the labour market changes and said this may require “significant transformations” in the education and training systems.

With the widespread use of artificial intelligence and robots looming on the horizon, the report said that “rapid technological progress required the labour force to develop a broader range of skills, focusing on humans’ comparative advantage, to increase employability”.

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UNCTAD called for broadbasing education and said: “In the new technological landscape, there is a need for generic, core or fundamental skills such as literacy, numeracy and academic skills, together with basic financial and entrepreneurial skills and increasingly, basic digital and even coding skills.” (IANS)