On Maha Shivratri today, a stunning video of Shiva was posted on Twitter. The 58-foot deity is "India's largest Shiva statue", according to Incredible India, the country's one stop tourism site. Alongwith #DekhoApnaDesh, it said, "Permeate through India's largest Shiva statue at Aazhimala Siva Temple in Kerala this Shivaratri seeking the spirituality...Incredible India wishes all a very Happy Shivaratri!" The giant sculpture of Lord Shiva in the backdrop of the Arabian Sea is truely a magestic sight. Here's a look:
Permeate through India's largest Shiva statue at Aazhimala Siva Temple in Kerala this Shivaratri seeking the spirituality here in. Incredible India wishes all a very Happy Shivaratri! #DekhoApnaDesh@KeralaTourism— Incredible!ndia (@incredibleindia) March 11, 2021
VC: Rakesh Pulapa pic.twitter.com/6U3hjIpnf2
The sculpture of Lord Shiva, at Aazhimala Mahadeva Temple is a 'Gangadhareshwara Murti' or the form of the god holding the mighty Ganga in his hair. The statue of Lord Shiva was open for public viewing around early January. It has been built by PS Devadathan, 29, a resident of Azhimala. Mr Devadathan took six years to build the Shiva statue facing the sea.
"Gangadhareshwara Shiva signifies prosperity. It is a very energetic one...I tried to bring all emotions in this sculpture...," PS Devadathan was quoted by news agency ANI as saying.
India is a land of beautiful temples and sculpture. Many of the temples are associated with Shiva and Shakti. Here are the famous Jyotirlinga Temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, according to the Shiva Purana. The Jyotirlinga is a devotional representation of Shiva that is believed to be a source of light or awareness. In India there 12 Jyotirlinga shrines, which are big tourist attractions as well.
श्री सोमनाथ महादेव मंदिर,— Shree Somnath Temple (@Somnath_Temple) March 11, 2021
प्रथम ज्योतिर्लिंग - गुजरात (सौराष्ट्र)
दिनांकः 11 मार्च 2021, माध कृष्ण त्रयोदशी (महाशिवरात्रि) - गुरूवार
- Somnath in Gir, Gujarat
- Mallikarjuna in Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh
- Mahakaleshwara in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh
- Omkareshwara in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh
- Kedarnath in Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand
- Bhimashankar in Pune, Maharashtra
- Kashi Vishvanath in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
- Trayambakeshwara in Nashik, Maharashtra
- Baidyanath in Deoghar, Jharkhand
- Nageshwara in Dwarka, Gujarat
- Rameshwara in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu
- Ghrishneshwara in Aurangabad, Maharashtra
Happy Maha Shivratri!