By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Lingasthala, LiGgasthala, Lingasthala
In Vīraśaivism, the philosophy and religion of the Liṅgāyata sect, is called ‘Sthala’. It means infinite space or the origin of creation and dissolution of the universe. Śiva divides himself into two aspects:
The first aspect is termed as ‘liṅgasthala’. It is actually he himself.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore