Sahasralinga

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Coordinates: 14°43′11″N 74°48′25″E / 14.7198°N 74.8070°E / 14.7198; 74.8070

The carved riverine rocks
Thousands of shivlingas appearing in shivkasi river bed due to global warming effect.

Sahasralinga (Kannada: ಸಹಸ್ರಲಿಂಗ) is a pilgrimage place, located around 14 km from the Sirsi Taluk in the district of Uttara Kannada of Karnataka state in India. It is in the river Shalmala and is famous for being the location where around a thousand lingas are carved on rocks in the river and on its banks.

History[edit]

The Shiva Lingas were built under the patronage of Sadashivarayavarma, king of the Sirsi kingdom (1678-1718). It is also possible to see many Basava (bulls) which are carved in front of the Shivalingas. [1]

Religious significance[edit]

Linga is a symbol of worship of the Hindu God, Shiva. On the auspicious day of Mahashivaratri thousands of pilgrims visit Sahasralinga to offer their prayers to Shiva.[2] Each lingam here has a carving of Nandi facing it.

How to reach[edit]

Sahasralinga is situated around 14 km from Sirsi. One can travel by personal vehicles as there is ample parking space at Sahasralinga and is very well maintained.

You can also take public busses travelling from Sirsi to Yellapura and get down at barani. You can take an auto rickshaw or walk down to Sahasralinga which is 1.5 km from the bus stop.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A brief introduction to Sahasralinga is provided by the Local Municipal Corporation "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-12-16. Retrieved 2015-07-30. 
  2. ^ Mahashivaratri celebrations at Sahasralinga is mentioned by Staff Correspondent (2005-03-09). "Religious fervour marks Mahashivarathri". Online Edition of The Hindu, dated 2005-03-09. Chennai, India: 2005, The Hindu. Retrieved 2007-04-15.