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Sahasralinga, Sirsi

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Sahasralinga 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.

"Sahasralingeshwara temple in Uppinangady is situated on the banks of the river Netravati and Kumaradhara, where a thousand lingas are found.

The story goes like: After Kurukshetra war, Krishna suggests Pandavas to get "Pushpa Mruga" to hold Rajasooryadwara Yaga. Bheema dashed to "Mahendragiri" to fetch it. On the way he meets Hanuman taking rest, which is stretched on his way. Bheema finds it difficult to cross the tail of Hanuman and requests to remove the tail. Hanuman asks Bheema to lift tail but he struggles and fails.Later both realised that both are divine powers. Hanuman learns the purpose of Bheem's journey and offers him hair from his tail for the protection. Bheem, after reaching Mahendragiri meets pushpamruga and it agrees on a condition that it would follow him only a "manovega"-speed at which mind moves. Bheem agrees trusting the tail hair. While leading the animal, whenever Bheem finds he cannot keep the pace with the animal, he drops a hair. Strangely a "Shivalinga" appears just on the spot and Pushpamruga proceeds only after worshipping the linga. This gives Bheem sufficient time to adjust his speed. When they reach the place called "Uppinangady", Bheem finds difficult and drops remaining one thousand tail hair. A thousand lingas appear and by the time animal completes worship, Bheem safely reaches Yagamantap. Thus it is believed that a thousand Lingas are found in the temple vicinity.One out of those Lingas found in the middle of the river sand becomes visible in the month of February.

The lingas in Uppinangady are under the river and are naturally formed, not carved.
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  • Best place to visit is September and being one of the near place I have visited several times even with my dad when I was a kid... Recommended... 👍 
    Best place to visit is September and being one of the near place I have visited several times even with my dad when I was a kid... Recommended... 👍  more »
  • A beautiful sight with several hundred lingas & basavas in the holy river Shalmala ... can get down into the river for worship Truly an amazing experience 
    A beautiful sight with several hundred lingas & basavas in the holy river Shalmala ... can get down into the river for worship Truly an amazing experience  more »
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  • I had been meaning to do a pilgrimage here for a very long time having heard about the story of the king who tried to make a thousand shivlings in the riverbed in one night to get a son. As I went in July and there had been a lot of rains lately, as a result, there was a lot of water in the river. Seeing the shivlings in the river was a sublime experience which I would recommend everyone to experience once. Such holy places really rejuvenate the soul. Lush greenery around is also a sight for sore eyes! There is a hanging bridge where one can get a good view of the place. There is ample parking space there. Not much in the name of amenities but there is a place to get tea. Toilet facilities are available too. One can easily combine a visit here with one to the world famous Jog falls in the same day.
  • This is a Hindu religious place of attraction as well as worship. The significance of this place is the numerous stone lingas are placed over flowing water along with Nandis as well. History says this was done by the local king to please God for getting children. There are stairs leading to the water and there is a priest who offers Pooja as well. The place also has a hanging bridge adjacent which connects to the other side and people to walk over. The hanging bridge gives a different view as well to the water flow as well as this magnificent place. Coming to the location, well connected by good road (when we visited), and there is a parking fee of ₹20. Ample parking space. There is a small shop serving tea/coffee and light snacks, however, not maintained well and not clean. Overall a must visit in this area and totally worth it.

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