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1000 Shiva Linga Temples of Cambodia and Karnataka,(India)

1000 Shiva Linga Temples of Cambodia and Karnataka

1000 Shiva Linga Temples of Cambodia

Sahasralinga is located 25 kilometres from Angkor watt at Kbal Spean. It has thousands of Shiva linga all across the Slung river. It has also got images of other deities as well. It is believed that the Sahasra Lingas bless the Angkor through the river.These images were carved during the reign of King Suryavarman and King Udayaaditya Varman II in the 11th and 12 centuries.The location is very remote across forests and it is closed by 3 PM.

1000 Shiva Lingas across the river of Cambodia Karnataka

1000 Shiva Lingas across the river of Cambodia Karnataka

1000 Shiva Linga on rock of Cambodia Karnataka

1000 Shiva Linga on rock of Cambodia Karnataka
 
1000 Shiva Linga of Cambodia Karnataka
 
1000 Shiva Linga of Cambodia Karnataka
 
1000 Shiva Linga Temples of Karnataka

Sirsi is located in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka which has this 1000 Shiva lingas called the Sahasralinga across the Shalmala river. These Shiva lingas are scattered all across the river path and many in the middle of the river. It is still not clear who constructed these and when. Huge crowds turn up during Shivaratri, Pradoksha and other special days. This place is not fully developed. So you might not find big hotels or homestays.But this is a must visit place for those seeking mystic travel.

Shiva lingas on rocks in middle of the river of Cambodia and Karnataka

Shiva lingas on rocks in middle of the river of Cambodia and Karnataka

Best time to visit: The shiva lingas get immersed when there is heavy water flow in the river. Best time to visit would be during summer when the water flow is not high.


108 Shiva Lingas Temple at Papanasam Kumbakonam,(India)

108 Shiva Lingas Temple at Papanasam Kumbakonam

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.


108 Shiva Temples of Kanchipuram,(India)

108 Shiva Temples of Kanchipuram

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.

KAN Rudhrakoteeswarar

KAN Rudhrakoteeswarar

KAN Rudhrakoteeswarar

KAN Rudhrakoteeswarar

Map

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

  1. Abirameeshwarar : Sangupani Vinayagar Temple Street
  2. Amareshwarar : West Raja street
  3. Devasenapatheeswarar : Inside Kumara Kottam Temple
  4. Siddheeswarar : Kamarajar Street,near K.P.K Thirumana Mantapam
  5. Vazhakarutheeswarar,Parasareshwarar :  Gandhi Road - This is a very famous temple visited by people with legal problems.
  6. Muktheeswarar,Garudeshwarar Mandir :  Gandhi Road
  7. Vanneeswarar : Gandhi Road, Opposite to Theradi
  8. Manikandeeswarar,Pana Maneeshwarar :  Chettty Street, Near T K Nambi Road
  9. Bramhapureeswarar (Sivastanam) :  Military Road, Tenambakkam
  10. Veda Vaneswarar : Sadavaram
  11. Punyakodeeswarar  : Punyakodeeswarar temple street
  12. Panamaneeswarar : Varadarajapuram Street
  13. Satyanadeshwarar : Thirukalimedu - It is more popularly known as Budhan Temple. It is a devara paadal petra stalam
  14. Bageeradeeshwarar : PSK Street
  15. Mathangeeshwarar : Mathangeeshwarar Koil Street, Hospital Road
  16. Dharmeshwarar : Inside Paranjothi Amman Temple ,Near Old railway station
  17. Somasundareshwarar : Pavalavannar Street
  18. Suryeshwarar : Dhamalvar street
  19. 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.
  20. Mahalingam : Appa Rao Street
  21. Arunachaleshwarar : Appa Rao Street
  22. Veerataneshwarar (Sakya Nayanar Temple) : Near Vella Kulam and Apparao Street
  23. Panchamukheshwarar :  Kammalar Street
  24. Mukteeshwarar, Ethir Veerataneshwarar,Piravathaneshwarar, Iravathaneshwarar : Kammalar Street
  25. Katakeshwarar : Chinna Kammalar Street
  26. Kankaneshwarar(Bathaleeswarar) : Kullappan Street (Near Kammalar Street)
  27. Madaleeshwarar : Theradi street
  28. Mangaleshwarar : vaidya Gurukkal Street
  29. Anantha Padmanabheshwarar : Lingappan street
  30. Oneshwarar, Gandeshwarar, Jalandeshwarar : One temple with all the 3 Lingams. Near to the sub-station of the Electricity Board, Military Road. Paadal petra Stalam
  31. Sevvandeeswarar : Inside Panjupettai (Big Street) Government Seed Farm 
  32. Parutheeshwarar : Paruthi kulam (Also known as Suryan Temple)
  33. Sukleshwarar : in the campus of the Krishna Rice Mill, Near Railway crossing
  34. Kameshwarar :  Near Sarva Teertham Tank
  35. Kasi Viswanadeshwarar : Mukti Mandapam,Near Sarva Teertham Tank
  36. Hiranyeshwarar : Near Sarva Teertham Tank
  37. Teertheswarar : Near Sarva teertham Tank
  38. Gangavareshwarar :Near Sarva teertham Tank
  39. Yogalingeshwarar : Near Sarva teertham Tank
  40. Hanumanteeshwarar : Near Sarva teertham Tank
  41. Thavalagirishwarar :Near Sarva teertham Tank
  42. Chandreswarar : Vellai Kulam Tank
  43. Kailasanathar Temple : See Article
  44. Anekathangavatheswarar : Near SSKV school, Near Kailasanathar temple. It is a devara Paadal Petra Stalam
  45. Agasteeshwarar, Hayagriveshwarar : Inside Upanishad Brahman Mutt (See Article)
  46. Karkeeshwarar,Laksmeeshwarar : Krishnan Street, Pillayarpalayam
  47. Maha Rudreshwarar : Maadhanampalayam Street,Pillaiyar palayam
  48. Mukteeshwarar : Pillayarpalayam
  49. Vaneeshwarar(Vanmeeganathar) :  SalaiBogham Street, Pillayar Palayam
  50. Maha Anantha Rudreshwarar : Swaminathan Street,Pillayar Palayam
  51. Soleeshwarar  : Soleeshwarar temple Street (Ashta Bhairava Temple),Pillayar Palayam
  52. Takkeshwarar  :Kachiappa Street of Pillayar Palayam
  53. Anantha Rudreshwarar : CSM Street, Pillayar Palayam
  54. Tirumetreshwarar(Thirumetralinathar) - Thirumetrali Street at PillaiyarPalayam
  55. Oda urugeeshwarar - Tirumetrali street
  56. Balabadreshwarar - Tirumetrali street
  57. Uttru ketta Mukteesar -  Thirumetrali Street at PillaiyarPalayam, It is a paadal Petra Stalam
  58. Vilvanadeshwarar - Thirumetrali Street, Pillaiyarpalayam
  59. Kalahasteeshwarar(Kaalaththeeswarar) - Very close to  Uttru ketta Mukteesar temple
  60. Chidambareshwarar,Pillaiyar palayam
  61. Rudrakoteeshwarar - Thayar Kulam
  62. Kaayaarohaneswarar (Popularly Known as Guru Koil) - Guru Parihara Stalam
  63. Dharmalingeshwarar - Thayar Kulam
  64. Yamadharmeshlingeshwarar - West bank of the Thayar kulam Tank
  65. Kanikanteeswarar,Karukinil Amarnthaval Temple Street
  66. Vedapureshwarar - Karukinil Amarnthaval Temple Street
  67. Tirulokanathar - Karukinil Amarnthaval Temple Street
  68. Virubaksheeshwarar - Valatheeswarar Temple Street(Adjoining the Keerai Mandabam)
  69. Aram Valartheshwarar - Vallatheeswarar Temple Street (adjoining the Keerai mantapam)
  70. Dakshinayana Kailasanathar - Near Sevilimedu Narasimha Temple
  71. Kailasanathar - Near Sevilimedu Narasimha Temple
  72. Uttarayana kailasanathar - Near Sevilimedu Narasimha Temple
  73. East Kailasanathar - Near Sevilimedu Narasimha Temple
  74. Gautameshwarar - Keerai mandabam, Uttiramerur road  ( Sapta Stanam, Sapta Rishi Temple)
  75. Brammaneshwarar - AKT Nagar
  76. Bhargaveshwarar - Naagal uttu street  (Sapta Stanam, Sapta Rishi Temple)
  77. Santhaleeshwarar ( Near Pachaiappa's Women's College)
  78. Angireeswarar  ( Sapta Stanam, Sapta Rishi Temple) -  Near Pachaiappa's Women's College
  79. Vashisteshwarar  ( Sapta Stanam, Sapta Rishi Temple) Santhaleeshwarar Koil street, Near Pachaiappa's Women's College
  80. Athreeshwarar (Sapta Stanam, Sapta Rishi Temple) - Near Pachaiappa's Women's College
  81. Kucheshwarar - Near Pachaiappa's Women's College
  82. kashyabeshwarar - (Sapta Stanam, Sapta Rishi Temple) - Near Pachaiappa's Women's College
  83. Ramesham - Near Sarva Teertham Tank
  84. Lakshmanesham -  Near Sarva Teertham Tank
  85. Pana Mudeeshwarar - Vallal Pachaiappan Street
  86. Adhipadeeswarar - Aladi Pillayar Koil street
  87. Nagareeshwarar - East Raja Street, Near Bus stand
  88. Macheshwarar - Near Nagareeshwarar
  89. Trikala gyaneshwarar - Nellukara Street (Inside Bus Stand)
  90. Mukteeshwarar -East Raja Street opposite to the Machchesar Temple
  91. Bhootanadeshwarar - Sengalaneer Odai Street (North Raja Street)
  92. Kanneshwarar -   Sengalaneer Odai Street (North Raja Street)
  93. Makaleshwarar (Magaaleshwarar) - Also known as Rahu & Ketu Temple, Behind Kamakshi temple
  94. >Shakti Lingam : Inside Kalikambal(Adi Kamakshi) Temple, Behind Kamakshi temple
  95. Hari Shapa Bayam teertha Eshwarar (Arisaabhabayantheertha Yeeswarar)- Nellukara street, Near Rama's hotel
  96. Iravadeswarar - Kamalavar Street,Opp to Kanchabeshwarar Temple
  97. Kachabeshwarar Temple - Nellukara Street. This is a very popular temple.
  98. Mei kandeeshwarar - Thondai Mandala Aatheena Mutt,Nimanthakkara Street,Near
  99. Mandaleshwarar - Mandu Kaneeswara Koil Street,Pandavar perumal Koil Street
  100. Kavusikeswarar or Sokkeeswarar - Outside Kamakshi Amman temple, Near Marriage Hall
  101. Mandukanneshwarar - Mandu Kaneeswara Koil Street, Pandavar perumal Koil Street
  102. Vanneshwarar - Near Palla Street there is a tank. Nearby there is a
    Kanni Amman Temple. This Shivalinga in inside that temple.
  103. Sounageshwarar - Dhanappan Street, Near SVN Pillai Street
  104. Arambayesam - Near Ekambaranathar temple
  105. Thantondreeshwarar(Ubamanneeswarar) - Near Ekambaranathar temple
  106. Suragareshwarar (Jwara hareshwarar) - Near Ekambaranathar temple. Frequently visited by people with physical ailments.
  107. Ramanateshwarar- Salai Street, Near Ekambaranathar temple
  108. Ekambareshwarar - Ekambaranathar temple - Well Known

27 Nakshatra Star Temple at Tiruvottiyur Chennai,(India)

27 Nakshatra Star Temple at Tiruvottiyur Chennai

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.

Nearby Places:

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).

Saint Pattinathar Samadhi Temple Gopuram Tiruvottiyur Chennai

Saint Pattinathar Samadhi Temple Gopuram Tiruvottiyur Chennai

There is also a Samadhi temple of one the Kanchi Shankaracharya of the 17th century here (61st pontiff of – Sri Maha Devendra Swamigal)


Acharapakkam Shiva Temple for political success in Tamilnadu,(India)

Acharapakkam Shiva Temple for political success in Tamilnadu

Acharapakkam is small village near Madurantakam,Chennai. The name of the village is derived from Achu-aru-pakkam meaning the place where the wheel got broke. The story behind the temple and the village is based on the destruction of the demon tripuranthaka by Lord Shiva. Before starting for the war, Lord Shiva forgot to worship lord Ganesh. So the wheels of his chariot got broken.He prayed to Lord Ganesh and then won the war. The symbolic meaning of this story is that however high a person might be, he must follow the rules of devotion.

Acharapakkam Shivan Temple Chennai

Acharapakkam Shivan Temple Chennai

 Lord Shiva Acharapakkam Chennai

Lord Shiva Acharapakkam Chennai

In Tamil, Aatchi means power. Aatcheeswarar means the Lord who rules everything or the Lord who is all powerful. Prayers offered at this temple is said to offer victory and success in politics for those who are genuinely concerned with the well being of people.

There are two main shrines for Lord Shiva here which is very rarely seen in any Shiva temple. Also, behind the Shiva Linga we can also see the image of Lord Shiva.