Saturday, February 17, 2007

World Largest Shiva Linga

World Largest Shiva Linga 108 Ft. Tallest

15 acres land spreading CRORE of Shivalinga so its called "Kotilingeshwara"


108 ft, Shivalinga is tallest of its kind in the World and accompanying it is a 35 ft tall "Basavana"

35 ft Tall BASAVANA

Lakhs of Small Shivalingas spread over an area of 15 acres Land

Someshwara is the presiding deity in the temple of same name. The temple is situated in the heart of Kolar. Lord shiva is worshipped as someshwara. The temple was built by the Chola kings who ruled the region in about 11th century. The cholas were eventually driven out by the Kannada-speaking Chalukyas, but the temples which they built still remain a testimony to the magnificent architecture of the Cholas. The someshawara temple is built in the typical Chola style of temple building with a huge Gopuram at the entrance of the temple.

The Cholas took over this region around 1000 CE, and later on the Hoysalas and the Vijayanagara rulers ruled.

It was the battlefield for the warring kingdoms of Chalukyas in the north and Cholas to the south. It was the capital of the Gangas till 4th century AD when they shifted the capital to Talakad in Mysore. In 1004 A.D., the Cholas annexed Kolar till 1116 A.D,. Vishnuvardhana (1108-1142AD) freed Gangavadi from the Cholas, and in commemoration of his victory, built the celebrated Vijayanarayana (Chennakeshva) Temple Someswara Temple is a fine example of Vijayanagara style while the Kolaramma temple is of Dravida Vimana Style built in Ganga Tradition(11 century-A.D).


P.N. Subramanian said...

Awful. When was this tallest Shiv Linga constructed. Is it of a single stone.

SM said...

@ Mr. P. B. Subramnaian:
I think u wish to say AWESOME!!
Please correct it!!!!!!!!

Suresh Kanna said...

haha.. doesn't have to be "the tallest" but its definitely taller than most :)

I like the pictures though. I remember seeing something simillar in zeole chennai

nice snaps