The first Lingodbhavam took place during the Mahashivaratri of 1947.
This was the first time Baba manifested a Shiva Lingam. There were less than a dozen devotees gathered at Puttaparthi on this auspicious day. Baba was adorned in white and sat upright in His chair drinking plenty of water. A swelling in His stomach was evident. The ‘swelling’ moved up and emerged out of His mouth in time, as a Lingam.