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Sahasralinga, Sirsi, A place in western ghats known for Shiv Linga

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Sahasralinga word is a mixture of 2 words Sahastra which means thousand (1000) and Linga representing Shiv linga.

Sahasralinga, a very significant place in Uttara Kannada also known as North Canara or North Kanara comes under the district ‘Sirsi’, the southern Indian State of Karnataka. This place is around 10km from the town centre.The significance of this place lies in the fact that the river flowing through the city gives you a beautiful view to watch numerous sculptures inside it.

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It is on the bank of river Shalmala. The river is surrounded by lush green forests.The place is quite secluded, except during “Maha Shivratri” celebrations when it receives a sizeable number of pilgrims from the surrounding areas.
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As per history, all these shiva lingas were built by Sadashivaraya,king of Sirsi (1678-1718). You can found various figures been build over it like Basava/bulls (carved in front of the shivalingas), saints, people doing puja and archana, Lord of Snakes etc. The stream is full of thousands of Shivlinga of different sizes and shapes scattered all around. This aspect of the place makes it a cool place to chill out for both pilgrims and nature lovers.

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