Sahasralinga, in the Sisri Taluk of Uttara Kannada, Karnataka, is a definite place to visit for the pilgrim travelers. The shrine is actually famous because of the River Shalmali that flows there. As the name suggests, the shrine has Sahasra (Thousand) Linga (Shiva Ling), but, not in a single temple. Interestingly, shivlingas are spread across the bank and also within the Shalmali River. They can be seen when the water level of river is low and when the water is high, obviously, cannot be seen. Each shivlinga carved has also Nandi carved opposite to it.
The history of this shrine dates back to the time of the Sisri’s King, Sadashiva Raya, of the Vijayanagara Kingdom. There are stories that these shivlingas were said to have been carved during the king’s period, who ordered for it as a pray to Lord Shiva to offer a good heir for his kingdom.
Thousands throng to this shrine, especially during the MahaSivaratri period, which is usually considered as the best time to visit this temple, as the water level in the Shalmali River is also low during this period.