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Sahasralinga – About Sahara Linga Worship

Sahasralinga is one of the forms of Linga that humans can worship. In this rare Shivling, 1001 Shivling is carved on the pujyabhaga (the one facing devotee) of the main linga. The 1001 lingas are created on the main Shivling by carving eleven lingas horizontally and 91 lingas vertically. Sahasra Linga is worshipped at Tiruvarriyur in Tamil Nadu in South India . Please note that today places where numerous lingas are found together is also referred as Sahasralinga. Sahasralinga is also the name of a place near Sirsi in Karnataka – here one can see hundreds of Shivlings carved on stone in the Shalmala River . Sahasralingas are also found in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Gujarat.

Koothanur Saraswathi Temple in Tamil Nadu

Koothanur Saraswathi Temple in Tamil Nadu is a very rare temple dedicated to Goddess Saraswati. The temple is located at Koothanur near Poonthottam which is on Mayiladuthurai to Thiruvarur bus route. The shrine is small one but is of great significance due to the rarity of Saraswati Temples in India . The temple is located on the banks of Arasalar River . The belief is that waters of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati are present in the Arasalar River . Legend has it that once there was huge quarrel between Goddess Saraswati and Brahma. They both cursed each other to be born on earth. Goddess Saraswati then prayed to Shiva to escape from human form. She merged with the Arasalar River . Before leaving she blessed the region with her presence in a shrine on the banks of Arasalar River . The murti of Goddess Saraswati is three-eyed. She is seated in yogasana pattern on a white lotus and wears a white silk sari. She holds palm leaves in one had. One hand is in chin mudra an