Bijay Kant Dubey

Sahasralinga (One Thousand Lingas) By The Shalmala River Of Sirsi, Karnataka - Poem by Bijay Kant Dubey

Hidden in the bed of North Kannada District’s Shalmala river,
Lies it the thousand lingas
Carved upon the rocks
Lying in the river bed,
Shiva lingas with the bulls
Facing them,
How the king had been,
How the makers of them!

Shasralinga, one thousand lingas near Sirsi
Into the river bed
Of the Shalmala river
Lies it the lingas,
A spot so sacred,
So artistic and visionary,
Dreamy and landscapic,
The lingams multiplied into,
Showing the love and piety of the Vijaynagara king.

On the way to Yellapur from Sirsi, some 17 kms.
Lies it the sanctuary,
The riverine beauty
Decorated with the lingas in miniature,
A thousand Shiva lingas and some more,
Countless at a glance
Telling of the piety and devotion,
The fulfilement of the prayer
And the granting of a boon
Being blessed with a son.

In Hulagol village by the river side, into the bed of
Lies the Shiva lingas,
Thousand at a glance
When the water recedes,
The water level goes down
The lingas become visible,
So many lingas
Coming out of the water
To sight
Dotting the areas.

Topic(s) of this poem: art

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Poem Submitted: Monday, November 23, 2015

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