Vintage Shiva Lingam Casket, VERY SMALL, (Ayigalu), 10.2 Grams
This is a very small Ovoid high grade Silver Lingam Casket (ayigalu or shivadhara) in the "round pot" shape. This is the most common type worn by Lingayat laypeople. Lingayats are easily distinguished from other Hindus because in most cases the lingam casket is visible on the body.
The bottom section is embellished with a round ball finial. The central sphere of the box is flanked by two projecting rectangular sides with conical lower sections- these also are embellished with round ball finals as well.
The double cotton cord is fine and adjustable in length at 71 cm (28") and has been strung through the two outer finials allowing the box to be suspended from the neck.
The Lingayats believe movable lingams to be the only true symbol of Shiva. All Lingayats carry their personal lingam with them at all times. After death they are buried in a sitting position with the lingam in the left hand.
Width: 3 cm (1 )
Height: 3 cm (1")
Depth: 2 cm (3/4 ")
Chain: 71 cm (28") - Adjustable
Weight: 10.2 Grams (0.36oz.)
Material: Tested High Grade Silver 92.5% approx.