1000 Shiva Linga Temples of Karnataka,(India)
"1000 Shiva Linga Temples" are actually located in Sirsi, which is a small town in the Indian state of Karnataka. The temples are situated on the banks of the Shalmala river, which is a tributary of the Krishna river. The complex of temples is known as the Sahasralinga, which means "thousand lingas" in Sanskrit.
The Sahasralinga complex consists of a large number of lingas, each carved into the rocks in the river bed. The lingas are arranged in rows and columns, and are surrounded by water flowing from the river. The entire complex is considered to be a sacred site, and is a popular destination for pilgrims and tourists alike.
The exact history of the Sahasralinga complex is unclear, but it is believed to have been built during the reign of the Sadashiva Raya, who was a ruler of the Vijayanagara Empire in the 16th century. The complex was later renovated and expanded by the kings of the Keladi Nayaka dynasty in the 17th century.
Overall, the Sahasralinga complex is an important cultural and religious site in Karnataka, and is a testament to the rich history and heritage of the region.
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108 Shiva Lingas Temple at Papanasam Kumbakonam,(India)
This temple is located at Papanasam, near Kumbakonam, South India. Papanasam literally means "Destroying of Sins". According to legends, this temple was build by Lord Rama and the 108 Shiva lingas were installed by him. Even though Ravana was a demon, he was a great Shiva Bhakta. By killing him, Lord Rama had got Dosha. To ward of this Dosha, he installed the 108 lingas.
It is believed that worshipping Lord Shiva in this temple would remove all sins. There is a seperate huge Linga called Hanumantha Linga which is believed to have been installed by Lord Hanuman.It is a wonderful sight to see all the 108 lingas arranged equally in three rows. This temple is a must see for all those who visit Kumbakonam.
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108 Shiva Temples of Kanchipuram,(India)
Kanchipuram is holy to both devotees of Lord Shiva and Vishnu. Innumerable temples dot the landscape of this city, but unfortunately most of them are forgotten. This is a small attempt to document them and encourage devotees to the temples. It it said that every bit of land in Kanchi has a Sivalinga beneath it. True to the statement, there is a temple in every street. We have no clue on how many temples have got beneath constructions and roads. How many of them have been encroached and demolished. So let us atleast try to preserve the rest.
A few points:
All these temples are located in a radius of 10 kms from the Kanchipuram city. There are hundreds of other temples outside this perimeter which could take years to identify and document. There are other temples inside Kanchipuram as well. We have tried to maintain the number at 108.
Most of the names are self explanatory. In TamilNadu, Lord Shiva is referred as Eswaran, so the temple names end that way. So, it is very easy to identify who has built/worshipped in that temple
Map of Temples
You can visit these temples in the order they are mentioned. The shortest path factor is considered.
There are several temples with the same name and one temple with several names. The temple itself could be known by a totally different name. So you have to do a bit of research from your side.
Google maps links are provided, if they are available. But no guarantees of accuracy.
List of 108 Shiva Temples
- Abirameeshwarar : Sangupani Vinayagar Temple Street
- Amareshwarar : West Raja street
- Devasenapatheeswarar : Inside Kumara Kottam Temple
- Siddheeswarar : Kamarajar Street,near K.P.K Thirumana Mantapam
- Vazhakarutheeswarar,Parasareshwarar : Gandhi Road - This is a very famous temple visited by people with legal problems.
- Muktheeswarar,Garudeshwarar Mandir : Gandhi Road
- Vanneeswarar : Gandhi Road, Opposite to Theradi
- Manikandeeswarar,Pana Maneeshwarar : Chettty Street, Near T K Nambi Road
- Bramhapureeswarar (Sivastanam) : Military Road, Tenambakkam
- Veda Vaneswarar : Sadavaram
- Punyakodeeswarar : Punyakodeeswarar temple street
- Panamaneeswarar : Varadarajapuram Street
- Satyanadeshwarar : Thirukalimedu - It is more popularly known as Budhan Temple. It is a devara paadal petra stalam
- Bageeradeeshwarar : PSK Street
- Mathangeeshwarar : Mathangeeshwarar Koil Street, Hospital Road
- Dharmeshwarar : Inside Paranjothi Amman Temple ,Near Old railway station
- Somasundareshwarar : Pavalavannar Street
- Suryeshwarar : Dhamalvar street
- Rudra Koteeswarar : Appa Rao Street, Konerikuppam [ There are 2 temples with the same name]. It is a very ancient temple but now in poor state due to lack of maintenance. For more details contact Prasanna 9944205992. Sri Kanaka Durga temple is nearby. The ambaal here is svayambu and is a very huge. Devotees visit this temple for Ragu-Ketu Dosha nivarthi.
- Mahalingam : Appa Rao Street
- Arunachaleshwarar : Appa Rao Street
- Veerataneshwarar (Sakya Nayanar Temple) : Near Vella Kulam and Apparao Street
- Panchamukheshwarar : Kammalar Street
- Mukteeshwarar, Ethir Veerataneshwarar,Piravathaneshwarar, Iravathaneshwarar : Kammalar Street
- Katakeshwarar : Chinna Kammalar Street
- Kankaneshwarar(Bathaleeswarar) : Kullappan Street (Near Kammalar Street)
- Madaleeshwarar : Theradi street
- Mangaleshwarar : vaidya Gurukkal Street
- Anantha Padmanabheshwarar : Lingappan street
- Oneshwarar, Gandeshwarar, Jalandeshwarar : One temple with all the 3 Lingams. Near to the sub-station of the Electricity Board, Military Road. Paadal petra Stalam
- Sevvandeeswarar : Inside Panjupettai (Big Street) Government Seed Farm
- Parutheeshwarar : Paruthi kulam (Also known as Suryan Temple)
- Sukleshwarar : in the campus of the Krishna Rice Mill, Near Railway crossing
- Kameshwarar : Near Sarva Teertham Tank
- Kasi Viswanadeshwarar : Mukti Mandapam,Near Sarva Teertham Tank
- Hiranyeshwarar : Near Sarva Teertham Tank
- Teertheswarar : Near Sarva teertham Tank
- Gangavareshwarar :Near Sarva teertham Tank
- Yogalingeshwarar : Near Sarva teertham Tank
- Hanumanteeshwarar : Near Sarva teertham Tank
- Thavalagirishwarar :Near Sarva teertham Tank
- Chandreswarar : Vellai Kulam Tank
- Kailasanathar Temple : See Article
- Anekathangavatheswarar : Near SSKV school, Near Kailasanathar temple. It is a devara Paadal Petra Stalam
- Agasteeshwarar, Hayagriveshwarar : Inside Upanishad Brahman Mutt (See Article)
- Karkeeshwarar,Laksmeeshwarar : Krishnan Street, Pillayarpalayam
- Maha Rudreshwarar : Maadhanampalayam Street,Pillaiyar palayam
- Mukteeshwarar : Pillayarpalayam
- Vaneeshwarar(Vanmeeganathar) : SalaiBogham Street, Pillayar Palayam
- Maha Anantha Rudreshwarar : Swaminathan Street,Pillayar Palayam
- Soleeshwarar : Soleeshwarar temple Street (Ashta Bhairava Temple),Pillayar Palayam
- Takkeshwarar :Kachiappa Street of Pillayar Palayam
- Anantha Rudreshwarar : CSM Street, Pillayar Palayam
- Tirumetreshwarar(Thirumetralinathar) - Thirumetrali Street at PillaiyarPalayam
- Oda urugeeshwarar - Tirumetrali street
- Balabadreshwarar - Tirumetrali street
- Uttru ketta Mukteesar - Thirumetrali Street at PillaiyarPalayam, It is a paadal Petra Stalam
- Vilvanadeshwarar - Thirumetrali Street, Pillaiyarpalayam
- Kalahasteeshwarar(Kaalaththeeswarar) - Very close to Uttru ketta Mukteesar temple
- Chidambareshwarar,Pillaiyar palayam
- Rudrakoteeshwarar - Thayar Kulam
- Kaayaarohaneswarar (Popularly Known as Guru Koil) - Guru Parihara Stalam
- Dharmalingeshwarar - Thayar Kulam
- Yamadharmeshlingeshwarar - West bank of the Thayar kulam Tank
- Kanikanteeswarar,Karukinil Amarnthaval Temple Street
- Vedapureshwarar - Karukinil Amarnthaval Temple Street
- Tirulokanathar - Karukinil Amarnthaval Temple Street
- Virubaksheeshwarar - Valatheeswarar Temple Street(Adjoining the Keerai Mandabam)
- Aram Valartheshwarar - Vallatheeswarar Temple Street (adjoining the Keerai mantapam)
- Dakshinayana Kailasanathar - Near Sevilimedu Narasimha Temple
- Kailasanathar - Near Sevilimedu Narasimha Temple
- Uttarayana kailasanathar - Near Sevilimedu Narasimha Temple
- East Kailasanathar - Near Sevilimedu Narasimha Temple
- Gautameshwarar - Keerai mandabam, Uttiramerur road ( Sapta Stanam, Sapta Rishi Temple)
- Brammaneshwarar - AKT Nagar
- Bhargaveshwarar - Naagal uttu street (Sapta Stanam, Sapta Rishi Temple)
- Santhaleeshwarar ( Near Pachaiappa's Women's College)
- Angireeswarar ( Sapta Stanam, Sapta Rishi Temple) - Near Pachaiappa's Women's College
- Vashisteshwarar ( Sapta Stanam, Sapta Rishi Temple) Santhaleeshwarar Koil street, Near Pachaiappa's Women's College
- Athreeshwarar (Sapta Stanam, Sapta Rishi Temple) - Near Pachaiappa's Women's College
- Kucheshwarar - Near Pachaiappa's Women's College
- kashyabeshwarar - (Sapta Stanam, Sapta Rishi Temple) - Near Pachaiappa's Women's College
- Ramesham - Near Sarva Teertham Tank
- Lakshmanesham - Near Sarva Teertham Tank
- Pana Mudeeshwarar - Vallal Pachaiappan Street
- Adhipadeeswarar - Aladi Pillayar Koil street
- Nagareeshwarar - East Raja Street, Near Bus stand
- Macheshwarar - Near Nagareeshwarar
- Trikala gyaneshwarar - Nellukara Street (Inside Bus Stand)
- Mukteeshwarar -East Raja Street opposite to the Machchesar Temple
- Bhootanadeshwarar - Sengalaneer Odai Street (North Raja Street)
- Kanneshwarar - Sengalaneer Odai Street (North Raja Street)
- Makaleshwarar (Magaaleshwarar) - Also known as Rahu & Ketu Temple, Behind Kamakshi temple
- >Shakti Lingam : Inside Kalikambal(Adi Kamakshi) Temple, Behind Kamakshi temple
- Hari Shapa Bayam teertha Eshwarar (Arisaabhabayantheertha Yeeswarar)- Nellukara street, Near Rama's hotel
- Iravadeswarar - Kamalavar Street,Opp to Kanchabeshwarar Temple
- Kachabeshwarar Temple - Nellukara Street. This is a very popular temple.
- Mei kandeeshwarar - Thondai Mandala Aatheena Mutt,Nimanthakkara Street,Near
- Mandaleshwarar - Mandu Kaneeswara Koil Street,Pandavar perumal Koil Street
- Kavusikeswarar or Sokkeeswarar - Outside Kamakshi Amman temple, Near Marriage Hall
- Mandukanneshwarar - Mandu Kaneeswara Koil Street, Pandavar perumal Koil Street
- Vanneshwarar - Near Palla Street there is a tank. Nearby there is a
Kanni Amman Temple. This Shivalinga in inside that temple.
- Sounageshwarar - Dhanappan Street, Near SVN Pillai Street
- Arambayesam - Near Ekambaranathar temple
- Thantondreeshwarar(Ubamanneeswarar) - Near Ekambaranathar temple
- Suragareshwarar (Jwara hareshwarar) - Near Ekambaranathar temple. Frequently visited by people with physical ailments.
- Ramanateshwarar- Salai Street, Near Ekambaranathar temple
- Ekambareshwarar - Ekambaranathar temple - Well Known
27 Nakshatra Star Temple at Tiruvottiyur Chennai,(India)
Thiruvottiyur near Chennai is one of the earliest settlements in this area which pre-dates the chennai city itself. This place was called Adipuri, meaning the "ancient town".The legend says that there was a huge flood and devotees prayed to Lord Shiva. He commanded the flood to “Othri Po” (give way) . Thus this place got the name “Tiruvottriyur”. (Thiru + Ottri + Yur).
Any ancient place,will have a Shiva and Vishnu temple in TamilNadu. In the same vein, Shiva here is called Adipureeswarar or Thyaga Raja Swamy”. The Goddess is called Vadivudai Nayaki.
In the shrine of the divine mother, there is a holy rock which is said to have been sanctified by many saints. Huge number of devotees visit this temple on full moon. It is a part of the three temple circuit , popularly known as vadivudai (this temple), kodiyidai (Near Minjur suburb of Chennai), thiruvudai (Thiruvanmiyur Maruntheeswarar temple). Great carnatic musicians like Thyagaraja and Muthuswami Dikshitar had visited this temple in the 18th century and sang songs on the deities here.
Another great Saint Ramalinga Swamigal also called “Vallalaar” had been visiting this temple daily as a practice. One day, as usual,Vallalaar returned home late at night after completing his darshan of these deities.He returned home late only to find the doors were locked. Though he was very hungry, he had no option but to sleep in the places nearby his house. Vadivudai Amman Herself came fed Vallalaar. This piece of information is briefly described in the life history of Arul Thiru Vallalaar.
Marai Malai Adigal once had a terrible stomach ache which could not be cured by much of the medicines available in those times, came to this Murugan to write “Thiruvottriyur Murugan Mummani Kovai” . After completing the recital of this poem, his stomach ache vanished completely.Arunagirinathar has song on the Lord Murugan here in his Thirupugal.
Another unique feature of this temple is that all 27 stars has a Shiva lingam installed in their names and worshipped. This is the only other temple in the world apart from Thiruvidaimaruthur in Kumbakonam to have this shrine. So people of all Rashis come here and offer their prayers.
This temple also is a treasury of all ancient idols from the nearby temples maintained by the Government. This temple is itself an example of the ancient Pallava Architecture.
The town is also known for the Samadhi of Saint Pattinathar, one of the greatest mystics of TamilNadu. His main disciple was Bhadragiri ( Some say Raja Bhatruhari of Ujjain is the same person).
There is also a Samadhi temple of one the Kanchi Shankaracharya of the 17th century here (61st pontiff of – Sri Maha Devendra Swamigal)