Maha Deva!! is the another name of Lord Shiva, as he is considered the most divine among all Hindu gods. Almost every state in India worships Lord Shiva. He is considered as the god of Yogis, who is extremely self controlled and celibate. Shiva is the third god of triumvirate who is responsible for destruction of the world. Other two gods of triumvirate are lord Vishnu who is responsible for creation of the world and lord Brahma who is responsible for upkeep of the world. Since many centuries people worship Lord Shiva in the form of “Shiva Lingam”. The meaning of Shiva Lingam is the “symbol of Shiva”.
Shiva Lingam signifies the cosmic boundary which encircles the whole world. It is the symbol of spirituality, belief, truth, dignity, energy and the extent of infinity. Shiva Lingam is worshiped not only in India and Srilanka but also in Rome and other parts of the world.
History Behind Shiva Lingam
- According to Indian Mythology, once Lord Vishnu and Brahma were fighting at each others powers and superiority.
- Looking at the intensity of the battle and pointless dispute, Lord Shiva created an flaming pillar in-between Lord Vishnu and Brahma and challenged both of them to find both the ends.
- Lord Vishnu headed towards down and Lord Brahma took the form of swan flew up to find the upper point.
- After many years the two came back and Lord Vishnu accepted the loose but Lord Brahma lied that he found the top end where ‘Ketki’ flower had previously resided.
- Listening to Brahma’s lie, the central part of the fire pillar got burst and Lord Shiva appeared in front of them. So, he cursed Lord Brahma that no one would ever worship him and banned “Ketki” flower from being used as an offering to any god or goddess.
- As a result afterwards Shiva was worshiped the shape of that pillar being a Shiva lingam.
Presenting 10 tallest Shiva Lingam Temples in India
1. Kotilingeshwara Temple
- The Kotilingeshwara temple is having world’s largest Shiva Lingam who’s height is 108 feet and it is situated in Karnataka.
- Just in front of this huge Shiva Lingam there is an idol of Nandi which is 35 feet tall. The Nandi is also installed over a platform having the length of 60 feet,width of 40 feet and the height of 4 feet.
- People visiting this place can also install Lingas here, to get the blessings of lord Shiva. As a result there are 8.6 million Shiva Lingas installed.
- Devotees can install Linagm on any days they choose. The name of the devotee will be carved on the Lingam installed by them as a result every morning prayers will be offered for well-being of devotees.
2. Bhojeshwar Temple
- Bhojeshwar Temple reflects the beauty of exceptional design and architectural harmony.
- Shiva Lingam in the sanctum is having the height of 7.5 feet with a circumference of 17.8 feet. It is Set upon a massive platform which is 21.5 feet square and this massive platform is also made of three limestone blocks which are perfectly superimposed.
- The Bhojeshwar temple is believed to have been constructed by Paramara king “Bhoja” in the 11th century, Bhojpur.
3. Amareshwar Mahadev Temple
- This temple is located at Anuppur, Madhya Pradesh and it has 11 feet long Shiva Lingam.
- This Shiva Lingam is made of a single lime stone.
- Amreshwar Temple is also a unique place as it has representation of all the 12 Jyotirlingas at one place.
- Amreshwar Mahadeo Temple is very beautiful, calm and quite place and also a waterfall makes this place more beautiful.
- This place also has the origin of Narmada river.
4. Sidheshvar Nath Temple
- This Shiva Lingam is located in Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh having the breadth of 25 feet and the height of 22 feet.
- Tourists can also see the constant flow of water from the base of the lingam.
- This temple is also having beautiful idols of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Parvati.
5. Sri Bragadeeswarar temple
- The Shiva Lingam in Bragadeeswara temple is largest in Tamil Nadu and its height is 13.5 feet on an Avudayar of 60 feet circumference.
- This Shiva Lingam is also made of a single lime stone placed on ground.
- There is also a statue of Nandi at the entrance of the temple. This statue is also made of a single lime stone.
- This temple is having beautiful architecture. The devotees can see the Shiva Lingam even when lights are put off. Because the sunlight falls directly on the idol of Nandi, as a result it gets reflected back onShiva Lingam making it visible.
6. Harihar Dham Temple
- The Shiva Lingam at Harihar Dham Temple is the tallest in the world with the height of 65 feet.
- The huge Shiva Linga is constructed at the place with around 25 acres of land in Giridih by the Jamunia River of Bagodar.
- The temple is also a major tourist spot and devotees from all over India visit this place every year on Shravan Poornima to worship Lord Shiva.
- Harihar Dham is also a popular place for Hindu marriages since many years .
7. Amarnath Temple
- Amarnath is the most religious and famous destination for worshiping Lord Shiva present in Jammu and Kashmir.
- When the water drips from the roof, it accumulates on the floor and start to freeze and as a result, forms a Shiva Lingam.
- At present the height of the Shiva Lingam is 20-feet.
- With the different phases of the moon, the size of Shiva Lingam at Amarnath Cave also keeps on increasing and decreasing.
8. Bhuteshwar temple
- Bhuteshwar Nath temple is having a huge Shiva Lingam whose length increases by six to eight inches every year.
- This huge Shiva lingam is situated at the forests of Maroda village, Gariaband district in Chhattisgarh.
- During the beautiful month of Sawan, people gather here in the large number and wait here in large queue to get the glimpse of this huge natural Shiva Lingam .
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