Characteristics of the linga (parabolic representation of Siva) ||53||

1-2The Lord said: O Lotus-born (Brahman) I shall describe to you the characteristics of the linga and other things. Listen. Having marked a rectangular (block of stone) as divided into two parts lengthwise, the lower part again being divided into eight parts and three parts of these divisions being left out, the remaining (block) formed by five parts should be divided breadthwise into three parts and the three (gods) should be assigned therein.
3This is spoken as representing the forms of Brahman, Vishnu and Siva (among) which (the last one) is larger (than the other two parts). Half of the figure is marked at the angular points in the square.
4An octagonal (block) known as the part of Vishnu is certainly obtained (thus). Then a polygon of sixteen sides is made” and then a polygon of thirty-two sides.
5Having made a polygon of sixty-four sides, the circular shape is accomplished. Then the excellent spiritual teacher should chisel the head portion of the emblem.
6The breadth of the linga may be divided into eight parts. An umbrella-shaped top portion (of the linga) is got by discarding half of this length.
7A linga which has a breadth equal to three-fourth of its length bestows all the desired benefits.
8The pillar (part of the emblem) should be a quarter of the length (of the emblem) in the case of those worshipped by the celestials. Listen now (the narration) of the characteristics of all lit gas.
9The wiseman should divide the linga measuring 16 angulas into 6 parts through the central line up to the Brahman and Rudra parts.
10The spaces in between two such lines of division should measure eightyavas each in the first two cases, each latter measuring a yava less than the preceding one.
11Having divided the lower part into three parts, one part should be left out. Having divided the (remaining) two parts into eight parts, the three upper ones (of these divisions) should be left aside.
12Those (three sections) above the five divisions should be rotated and the markings lengthened. Having left out one part their union should be brought about.
13These are the general characteristics of the linga described by me. I shall (now) describe the most general (characteristics) of the pedestals.
14After having known the commencing portion of the linga and height, the part (belonging) to Brahman should be well placed by the learned person on the stone (pedestal).
15Then having known the height (of the linga) the different dimensions of the pedestal should be made. The base (of the linga) should be twice the height and length commensurate with that of the linga,
16The central part of the pedestal should be hewn and divided into three parts. Its breadth should be one-sixth part of its length.
17The girth should measure one-third part of its breadth and the depth (of cavity) should be equal to that of the girth. It should be sloping gradually.
18Or the depth (of the cavity) should be one sixteenth part of that of the girth. The height of the base should be deviated.
19One part of the base should remain imbedded in the ground. One part of it will be (the height of) the stool proper. Three such parts (will be the height) of the neck portion. The first step should be one such part.
20The second step should be of two such parts in height while the remaining steps should have a height of such a single part until one reaches the neck portion step by step.
21Outlets to the breadth of such a part should be set apart on each one of the steps till the last one. They should be cut into three parts by the three outlets.
22It should measure a tip of the finger in breadth at the base and one-sixth (of a finger) at their ends. Their beds should be a little inclined towards the eastern side. These are considered to be the general characteristics of the linga along with the peds tai.