Sahasralingeswara Swamy temple, Uppinangdy, Karnataka.  

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Sahasralingeswara Swamy temple :

On our way to uppinangady.

The temple is in Uppinangady, on National High way from Bangalore to Mangalore. Distance from Mangalore it is about 55 kms

River Kumaradhara joins River Netravathy near sahasralingeswara swamy temple in Uppinanangady. During rainy season these two Rivers get united and the time is considered auspicious to take bath in the river and worship Lord Siva to attain Moksha.

This is main entrance of Sri Sahasralingeswara swamy temple.

As we enter in we see Dwajasthambam of the temple.

We come to main sanctum where Lord Siva in Lingam form, and known as Sahasralingeswra Swamy.

As we go around the temple there is a separate sanctum for Goddess Mahakali holding trisul, damru, bowl of beverage and kadga in her hands here.

We see Nagar under the sthala Vruksham near the bank of the River.

Sthala purana : 

The temple is very old temple with history of about 2500 years. The original Lingam is coverd by sand of River Netravthy which is  towards left of sahasralingeswara Swamy temple. During the annual festival, they rempve the sand covered on original Siva Lingam, and build a temparory structure to celebrate. Removing the complete mud is impossible. Every year during rainy season the mud covers the Siva Lingam again. The present structure of the temple that we see dates back to 13th century.

The story related to this temple is when Beemasena was performing Rajasooya yagam, he was attacked by a giant animal Purusha Mrugam. To keep the animal away Beemasena dropped a hair on the ground which turned into a Siva Linga.

Purusha Mrugam started worshipping Lord Siva. Every time when the animal started attacking, Beema observed the same tact of plucking and dropping a hair on the ground which turned into a Siva Lingam. Finally when Beema got vexed, he dropped a handful of hairs which turned into Siva Linga’s and the Purusha Mruga was kept busy worshipping the Siva Linga’s which were in thousands.

It is believed even now there are sahsra lingas, hidden in the mud of River Netravathy here.

While returning from the temple we crossed through Kumaradhara Bridge.

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