The phallus or, by extension, the cosmic principle of creativity. The worship of the Divine through the symbol of a phallus dates back to the Indus-Sarasvati civilization. Early on Shiva became associated with the symbol of the lingam and its worship. It is the God’s most common emblem. Metaphysically, the lingam stands for the unimaginable potency or power of creativity prior to the creation of the world. The male sex organ represents the physical manifestation of the lingam.