Sahasralinga, Karnataka

When you go on a family trip, there’s always a conflict of interests among the younger, and older members as to which places to skip, and which we shouldn’t. To my surprise, all my relatives had a consensus about Sahasralinga—a must see place. It had a direct effect of piquing my curiosity.

The moment we arrived, I rushed over to the river Shalmala. One glance at the waters left me entranced. Scattered among the clear gushing stream stood hundreds of lingas*, and accompanying Nandi** each carved out of the rocks on the river bed.

Sahasralinga, Sirsi
Sahasralinga: carved lingas in the Shalmala river bed.

The name Sahasralinga means a thousand lingas. As per History, Sadashivraya the King of Sirsi built the Shivlingas in the 17th century (Info courtesy: Wikipedia)

Sahasralinga: small lingam
Unlike other Shivlingas, this lingam had a temple-like structure around it.

The Legend:

The Sirsi King had no children. He approached the Sadhus for advice. They suggested the worship of Shiva, and constructing 1001 Shivlingas to obtain His blessing.

Accordingly, the King ordered the construction of Shivlingas in Shalmala river bed to appease the deity.

Sahasralinga, Karnataka
Due to low water level at the time, we got a good view of the stone lingas.

Location:

Sahasralinga is located on the way to Sirsi from Yellapur, and is around 17 km from Sirsi Taluka.

Best time to visit:

Since, I visited in January and had a pleasant time, it is the definitely the best time to visit Sahasralinga. According to Dreamroutes, winters and early summers are the best times to visit the place.

*Lingas is the plural form of Lingam. Lingam is the representation of Shiva. Though you might find idols, and pictures of Shiva in his human form, lingam is the form in which Shiva is universally worshiped.

** Nandi—the bull is considered as the mount of Shiva.

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57 thoughts on “Sahasralinga, Karnataka

  1. Thanks for sharing this post Kiran ☺ I want to visit this place looking at those pics for sure plus the legend makes it a Must Visit !!

  2. Close to the nature, unlike the ones surrounded by concrete walls :-)There are few more places in Karnataka with Kotilingas…

    Love those pictures, Kiran. Glad to read about places of Karnataka 🙂

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