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Hinduism - Where Is Kalahasti? Who Is Kalahasteshvar?


In the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, some fifty miles east of Tirupati and 125 miles northwest of Madras, there is a temple and holy spot (tirtha).

The bhutalingas ("elemental lingas"), a network of five southern Indian locations devoted to the deity Shiva, including Kalahasti.

Shiva is worshiped as a linga, a pillar-shaped item that represents his symbolic form, in each of these locations, and the linga is said to be made from one of the five primordial elements (bhuta)—earth, wind, fire, water, and space (akasha).

Kalahasti's linga is related with the element of wind, and Kalahasteshvar, the "Lord of Kalahasti," is Shiva's incarnation there.

Kalahasti is also one of the Shakti Pithas, a network of Goddess-sanctuary places spread over the Indian subcontinent.

Each Shakti Pitha commemorates the location where a body part of the forgotten goddess Sati fell to earth and became the shape of a new goddess; in the case of Kalahasti, the body part was Sati's left shoulder.

The sanctity of Kalahasti is therefore enhanced by the presence of two immensely powerful and holy places dedicated to two separate deities.

 


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Hinduism - Where Is Jambukeshvar In India?


Sacred location (tirtha) and southern Indian temple town in Tiruchirappalli in the state of Tamil Nadu, immediately across from Shrirangam's huge temple complex.

The temple in Jambukeshvar is dedicated to the deity Shiva as "Lord of the Rose-Apple (jambu) Tree," and Shiva's picture is put under one of these trees.

Jambukeshvar is also one of the five bhutalingas ("elemental lingas"), Shiva's holiest places in southern India.

Shiva is depicted as a linga, a pillar-shaped item that represents Shiva's symbolic form, in each of these locations, and the linga is said to be made from one of the five primordial elements (bhuta)—earth, wind, fire, water, and space (akasha).

The linga is placed in a pool produced by a natural spring in Jambukeshvar, where Shiva's image is connected with water.

 


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Hinduism - What Are Bhutalingas?








Bhutalingas (literally, "elemental lingas") are a kind of linga. 





Five holy places (tirthas) in southern India, four in Tamil Nadu and one in Andhra Pradesh, are all devoted to the deity Shiva. 


  • The linga, a pillar-shaped form symbolizing Shiva, is the most holy item in each of these sites. 
  • The linga is said to be made out of one of the five fundamental elements, which makes these locations unique. 



Thus, the linga in Tiruvannamalai is made of fire; the linga in Jambukeshvar is made of water; the linga in Kanchipuram is made of soil; the linga in Kalahasti, Andhra Pradesh's holy place, is made of air; and the linga in Chidambaram is made of space. 

These five locations together form a metaphorical cosmology that includes all things created.



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