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TV9 Discussion: 'ಕಾಣೆಯಾಗುವನೆ ಶಿವ' : 'Kaaneyaguvane Shiva' : Shiva Lingam at Srisailam is Shrinking - Full..., Follow us on : YOUTUBE : FACEBOOK : TWITTER : PINTEREST : The Shiva lingam at the famous Brahmarambha Mallikarjunaswamy temple at Srisailam in Kurnool district is shrinking due to chipping and centuries of abhishekams. To avoid further deterioration, temple officials are contemplating gold plating the lingam. However, opinions differ among the religious heads and Vedic pundits as some say it will be against the shastras and that the lingam won’t be visible if covered. Regular abhisekham of the lingam and use of panchamruthum — milk, curd, ghee, sugar and honey — besides water during the ritual for hundreds of years and chipping among other factors have affected the famous Shiva lingam at the Brahmarambha Mallikar-junaswamy temple at Srisailam in Kurnool. Temple authorities noticed that the lingam was shrinking and decided to take steps to prevent further deterioration and consulted top Hindu religious leaders. “About 1,000 litres of milk, 1,000 kg of sugar, water and other panchamruthams are used for abhishekam every day. Naturally, the granite lingam is affected,” said Chandrasekhar Azad, executive officer, Srisaila Brahmarambha Mallika-rjuna Devasthanam. Mr Azad said that the proposal for the gold plating was still in its formative stage. “We are getting diverse suggestions. Some gurus opine that there is nothing wrong in providing a gold cover to save the lingam while some are opposed to it. We are continuing consultations to find a solution,” he added. He also pointed out that at Triambakeshwar in Nasik the Shiva lingam was shrinking for the same reason. According to a priest, the lingam has now got smoothened. In the current situation, covering a swayambhu Shiva lingam with gold plate could...