Shiva is one of the most powerful and important deities in the Hindu faith. Also called as Mahadeva or the Great God, he is the Destroyer and Transformer and can take on many forms. In Hindu temples, an embodiment of Shiva is often placed prominently at the altar in a form or avatar known as lingam. It is customary to make offerings or puja to the avatar in order to worship the deity. Hindus often worship Shiva outside of the temple as well by placing statues of the lingam avatar in their homes or places of business. The Black Soapstone Statue of the Hindu God Shiva Lingam Avatar is designed to be a simple, yet beautiful way to pay reverence to the god Shiva and is made especially with traveling in mind. Because it is so lightweight, it can easily be carried in luggage when you're traveling, so that you can continue with worship when you are away from home. The compact size also makes the statue ideal for placing on a small altar in the home or for keeping on a desk at the office.