Kerala is now host to India's tallest Shiv Lingam. The Indian Book of Records confirmed that that the Shiv lingam of Maheswaram Sri Sivaparvathi Temple at Chenkal in Thiruvananthapuram at 111.2-feet is the tallest in the country. The announcement was made on Thursday by the officials of India Book of Records.
A team led by Neyyatinkara tehsildar Mohankumar measured the height of the structure. Following verification of related documents, the record will be soon noted in the India Book of Records. According to The Times of India, the event at the temple was attended by Nemom MLA O Rajagopal, BJP leader P P Mukundan, temple protection committee district secretary Shaju Venugopal, among others. 221-Meter Tall Ram Statue in Ayodhya Cleared by Yogi Adityanath: Here Are Blueprint Images of Proposed Tallest Statue.
The Shiva Lingam has been under construction for the past six years. The structure has eight floors of which six represent chakras or energy centres of the human body such as Muladhara, Swadishtana, Manipura, Anaha, Vishuddha and Ajna.
Inside the first floor are 108 Shiva lingams where devotees can perform 'abhishekam' (bathing the structures with milk or water) The construction of the unique structure has been under the administration of Head of mutt Maheswarananda Swamy and Tantri Devanarayanan, who visited different Shiva temples in the country before beginning the construction in May 2012.
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Reportedly, the temple authorities said that they have used soil and water from the holy places like Kashi, Badrinath, Gangotri, Gomukh, Gaimukh, Rameswaram, Dhanushkodi and Kailasam for its construction. The temple authorities are now hoping the Shiv Lingam now enter the Limca and Guinness Book of Records.
From the top of the structure, pilgrims can see 'kailasam', a replica of the Himalayas including the idols of Shiva and Parvati. With these unique features, this Kerala temple becomes the only one in the world where people can worship 12 Jyothirlingam of Lord Shiva and 32 forms of Lord Ganesha at one place.