Rare Crystal 'Shivling' Stolen From Lord Shiva Temple in India's Karnataka - Photos
© Photo : IANSRare Spatika Shivling
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The Lingadahalli Rambhapuri Hiremath Temple, also known as Spatika Shivalinga Temple, is a highly revered place dedicated to Lord Shiva. A total of 1,001 Shivlings (Shiva's phallic symbols) are installed on its premises. The temple also houses replicas of 12 'Jyotirlingas' (a form of a fiery column of light to worship Shiva) existing in India.
A group of burglars took away a rare 'Spatika Shivling' (a crystal phallic symbol of Hindu God Shiva) from a temple in India's Karnataka state on Monday night.
The 'Spatika Shivling' was known as the biggest of its kind in Southern India.
The burglars broke into the Lingadahalli Rambhapuri Hiremath Temple when Veerabhadra Shivacharya Swami, the seer of the pilgrimage centre, stepped out, and stole the rare Spatika Shivling.
The incident came to light on Tuesday, when the local Halageri District police were informed about the incident and launched a probe.
© Photo : TwitterImages of rare Spatika (crystal) Shivling Stolen from Temple in India's Karnataka state
Images of rare Spatika (crystal) Shivling Stolen from Temple in India's Karnataka state
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The Shivling (or the Shivlinga) measured 13 inches in length and circumference.
The significance of the Spatika Shivalinga temple is in that it is beautifully carved with the images of 18 Shakti Devatas (Hindu energy deities), which are installed on the pillars of this pilgrimage centre.
The case is being further investigated.