Eight popular tall Shiva Lingams in India.

Lingam or linga in Hinduism is distinctively   aniconic and a votary object  symbolic of God Shiva being a source of energy and  an emblem of generative power.   Often found set in the center of a disk-shaped object called Yoni, a female energy representation of  his consort -Parvati/Shakti, lingm - a cylindrical mass, embodies the other Trinity gods  Brahma and Vishnu, God Shiva is all pervading balancing  creation and destruction to maintain equilibrium across the universe.  This way he controls the totality of existence of the universe.  lingam is venerated in all  Shaivite temples often surrounded by other deities (murthis). In all these temples one can see his mount holy Nandi (bull) right before his shrine and also demi god Arthanarisvarar. A common icon in South India is the lingodbhavamurti, Shiva emerging out of a fiery lingam. The following eight Shiva Lingams are unusually large in size  enshrined mostly in historical temples.Some are monolith - made from a single block of stone and a few are self manifested - svayambhuva. The world's tallest Lingam at Maheswaram Shiva-Parvati temple, Kerala state is excluded and not discussed here. Refer: https://navrangindia.blogspot.com/2020/09/awe-inspiring-worlds-tallest-shiva.html

01. Sidheshvar Nath Temple, Arunachal Pradesh

Shiv Lingam Sidheshvar Nath Temple,Arunal Pradesh . you tube.

Self-manifested in 2004 it was accidentally found  by a worker in a private property in the   picturesque town of Ziro in Lower Subansiri district. In the  Sidheshwar Nath Temple  are found  the idol of goddess Parvati and lord Ganesha with his trunk turning leftwards.Further details about this Shiva Lingam are not available.


02. Badavilinga Temple, Hampi – Karnataka

 Badavilinga Temple, Hampi – Karnataka   pinterest.ru

Badava Lingam Humpi, Karnataka. picxy.com

The Linga is housed inside a chamber with an opening  in the front and  a  close look  at the idol will reveal the presence of  three eyes (depicting the three eyes of Shiva) carved on it. The third eye is called the eye of wisdom (in Tamil Gana Kann). It is believed to have been commissioned  by a poor peasant woman, hence the name Badava -meaning poor.in local parlance. The distinctive feature is the sanctum/girbagraha is always filled with water that flows into the chamber through a channel connected to a water source. This huge lingam is  made from monolithic black stone.and  is close to Lakshmi Narashimha  (god Vishnu) idol. 




03. Bhuteshwar Mahadev, Chhattisgarh

Bhuteshwar Mahadev, Chhattisgarh  patrika.com

Self-manifested, gently inclined 
 Bhuteshwar Mahadev Shiva Lingam is in the midst of a dense forest  close to  Marauda village,  Chhattisgarh  which is 3 km  from Gariaband. This place becomes vibrant  on Mahashivratri  and on Mondays, I understand the local people  Sawan  (Kawariya) visit this place. That  it this lingam  made of hard rock grows every year  is not yet corroborated.  It is a self-manifested object  gently inclined toward one side.


04. Baba Bhusandeswar Temple, Balasore, Odisha:

Baba Bhusandeswar Temple, Balasore twitter.com

Baba Bhusandeswar Temple at Bhogarai village of  Balasore district,Odisha has one of the tallest Shiva Lngms in India  and it measures  12 feet long and 14 feet wide. Only half of the image is visible as it is buried in the ground for a long time. This  monolith lingam is carved out of black granite which is available in plenty. Octogonal in shape in the middle, it has  three parts. The base is about  4 feet in height.


05. Brihadeshwara Temple, Thanjavur  Tamil Nadu

Thanjavur Big temple, TN native planet.com

Huge lingam of Brihadeeswara temple, Thanjavur, TN google.com

Thanjavur Brihadeeswara temple, TN, monolithic lingam Alamy.com

The huge Shiva Lingam is in the  tall sanctum of Brihadeeshvara Temple of Thanjavur city, TN and  is perhaps  the oldest Shiva Lingam in India. It was  installed by the Chola ruler Sri Rajarajan II with help from Siddhar Karurar more than 1000 years ago. Also called Rajarajesvaram or Peruvudaiyār Kōvil, the entire temple is made of granite related rocks and is a UNESCO recognized world heritage site along with near-by Gangaikonda Cholapuram temple and Airavatesvara temple near Kumbakonam. built by later Chola rulers who patronized God Shiva.  The monolithic lingam  is 8.7 m (29 ft) high, Occupying two story-tall  sanctum, it is one of the largest monolithic linga  in an ancient temple. in India.:The tall linga is right below the richly sculptured gopuram, tower that is 216 feet tall



06. Bhojeshwar Temple, Madhya Pradesh:

Monolith tall Shiva Lingam, Bojeswar temple,MP. traveltwosome.com

Unfinished Bojeshwar temple, Madhya Pradesh.tourmyindia.com

The temple' construction work that was begun in the 11th century, during the reign of the Paramara king Bhoja,  had been given up midway for unknown reasons. One reason attributed is natural disaster when the construction was in progress. From the ruins the scholars recovered the temple drawings engraved on the rocks etc and from the construction materials strewn around the temple, they understood the techniques employed by the rulers of past era..The  inscriptions on the  walls  positively suggest the date as 1035 CE    Apparently,  Raja Bhoj  built the temple between 1010 BC and 1055 BC. and it  is designated as a Monument of National Importance by the Archaeological Survey of India  (ASI). The monolithic Shivling in the sanctum is  18-feet long and it’s diameter is 7.5 feet. It is well placed in the middle of the temple with the carved columns and beautifully-decorated ceiling. It is in the  Raisen District.  



07. Kotilingeshwara Temple, Karnataka:

Kotilingeshwara Templenea  KGF, KAkarnataka.com

Kotilingeshwara Temple,Kammasandra,KA  travel2karnataka.com

Kotilingeshwara Temple in the village of Kammasandra in Kolar district, Karnataka, India. has one of the largest Shivalingams in the world.  Bhakta Manjunatha, an atheist turned Shiva Bhakta, is believed to have got  the help from the ruler  Maharaja Ambikeshwaravarma   and his family whom he insulted. He built 10 million lingams, hence the name Kotteswara.  The main attractions here are   the  huge linga measuring 108 ft (33 m) tall and  also 35 ft (11 m) tall Nandi (bull) - God Shiva's mount.surrounded by lakhs of small lingas spread over an area of 15 acres. Nandi idol is on  a  platform measuring  60 feet (18 m) in length, 40 feet (12 m) in width and 4 feet (1.2 m) in height. There are about eleven other temples for different deities on the temple premises. .Devotees can perform abhishekam  to the lingam and for this  purpose a water tank is set close to the image. Further,  if the devotees' wishes are fulfilled after making wishes here, they revisit the temple and install  a Shiva linga in their name. Prices  of lingas vary from Rs 3000 - Rs 50,000. depending on the size, decoration and material  used to make them.  It is located 6 km from KG bus stand.



08. Amareshwar Mahadev Temple:

 Amereswar Mahadev temple Pinrest

 Located at the junction of the Vindhya mountains and  and the Satpura Ranges, Amereswar Mahadev temple is an important pilgrimmage center . It is in the middle of a woodd area in a serene  environment  accentuated by fine greenery. close to the Rathambhore National park. Surprisingly, it is 1200 years old as that of  Ranthambhore Fort.  This temple is close to Sawai Madhopur.  The annual Shivaratri festival is a main event here and  is well- crowded. 



1910 photo. Massive linga, Baramulla in Kashmir.pinrest.com