This Place In India Has Hundreds Of ‘Shivalingas’ In The Middle Of The River

Sahasra Linga is a pilgrimage spot in Karnataka, India.

 

One can see hundreds of Shivalingas carved in stones and rocks in the middle of the river. The river upon which it is located is called Shalmala.

Shivalingas Sahasra Linga

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All the statues are washed-in by this holy river water for ever.

Shivalingas Sahasra Linga

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During Hindu festival- Shivratri, thousands of pilgrims visit this place and offer pujas. It’s considered auspicious to offer pujas here for Shiva on the day of Shivratri.

pujas here for Shiva on the day of Shivratri.

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The major advantage of visiting this place during Shivratri is that the water level in the river is so low that most of the Lingas are visible.

This Place In India Has Hundreds Of 'Shivalingas' In The Middle Of The River

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It’s important to note that no one knows when and who carved them.

This Place In India Has Hundreds Of 'Shivalingas' In The Middle Of The River

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Sirsi Sahasra Linga is located 17 kilometres from Sirsi in the northern part of Karnataka known as Uttara Kannada.

This Place In India Has Hundreds Of 'Shivalingas' In The Middle Of The River

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This place is situated in the middle of forest in the Western Ghats, India.

This Place In India Has Hundreds Of 'Shivalingas' In The Middle Of The River

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Because of the presence of uncountable carvings this place earns the title – of ‘Sahasra Linga’.

Because of the presence of uncountable carvings this place earns the title - of 'Sahasra Linga'.

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‘Sahasra Linga’ translates to thousand lingas in Sanskrit.

The religious significance here is that each Linga here is sculpted along with a carving of Shiva’s vehicle, Nandi. The best time to visit this place is winter or early summer.

 

Do take a day-off and visit this place to gain an experience that is both cultural and spiritual.