Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Valley of Sivalingams - Ancient Kadaram.(Bujang Valley)

The ancient Valley of Sivalingams
Bujang Valley,Kedah

Hidden deep within the Bujang Valley are a large number of lost forts,cities and temples most of which remain largely hidden to this very day. Some of the most important discoveries were that of Hindu and Buddhist granite sculptures such as Buddha,Ganesha,Mahisasuramardini and most importantly a large number of Shiva Lingams, the formless-form of god and this seems to suggest that the people of Kadaram were largely Sivites at one point of time. Some of the lingams which were excavated are housed in the Museum of the Bujang Valley. Here are some pictures of the lingams which were unearthed at sites number 4, 5 19 and 49 and 50 (refer to attached site map)

Since most of the lingams discovered were not intact we would first have to understand about the parts that make up a Sivalingam. The Sivalingam consists of 3 parts and each part discovered in the Bujang Valley, although separate is still an essential component of the Sivalingam. The lowest part is called the 'Brahma-Pitha,' the middle one, the 'Vishnu-Pitha' and the uppermost one, the 'Shiva-Pitha.' Below are a few pictures of the Shiva-Pithas and Vishnu-Pitas which were discovered.

A 52cm Lingam (Shiva-Pitha) unearthed at site 4


A Lingam (Shiva-Pitha) unearthed at site 19

A 42cm Lingam (Shiva-Pitha) unearthed at site 4

 A 46cm Lingam (Vishnu-Pitha) unearthed at site 50

 A 56cm x 42cm Lingam (Vishnu-Pitha) unearthed at site 50

 A 65cm x 45cm Lingam (Vishnu-Pitha) unearthed at site 49


A 79cm x 72cm Lingam (Vishnu-Pitha) unearthed at site 5

A 79cm x 64cm Lingam (Vishnu-Pitha) along with its waterway or somasutra 
measuring 69cm unearthed at site 4

 A 79cm x 64cm Lingam (Vishnu-Pitha) unearthed at site 4

Related article:
 Mohd, Supian Sabtu, Tamadun Awal Lembah Bujang,2002


Anonymous said...

Where is this place?

SubashiniRaghavan said...

Kedah, malaysia