Gym Shiv Ling

‘Immersed in bhakti’: This gym owner made a Shivling using fitness equipment

When one thinks of a gym, neutral interiors – largely stripped of any other identity – come to mind. Now, an image of a Shivling at a Gwalior gym is going viral, courtesy of the ‘building blocks’ used to create it.

Made of weight plates, ropes and dumbbells – basically gym equipment – a photo of the Shivling was shared online on November 7, 2022 by a popular Twitter account called Colors of Bharat (@ColoursOfBharat).

Colors of Bharat shared the photo and wrote, “A gym owner from Gwalior recreates a Shivling with gym equipment”. The photo has since collected more than 1,900 likes. It is unclear who created the temporary Shivling and when it was made.

The Shivling, a symbolic representation of Lord Shiva, is usually made of black stone, but sometimes naturally occurring objects such as rocks are also elevated to the status of a Shivling.

A Twitter user commented on this: “He immersed himself in Bhakti. That is what Bhakti means.” Another person commented: “What a combination of creativity, spirituality and divinity and a devotee too”.

Earlier this year, famous sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik made a sculpture of Lord Shiva and a Shivling at the Puri beach with 23,436 rudraksha beads. He created the nine feet tall and 18 feet wide sculpture to mark the occasion of Maha Shivratri celebrated on March 1.

Pattnaik’s sand art was accompanied by the message, “Omm Namah Shivaya, We Bid For Peace”. The sand artist incorporated the message of world peace in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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