Shivling Parvata

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Map showing the Himalayan headwaters of the Bhagirathi river. The numbers in parentheses refer to the altitude in meters.

Shivling Parvata (शिवलिंग पर्वत), altitude 6540 m, is a mountain at Tapovan in the Gangotri Group of peaks in the western Garhwal Himalaya, near the snout of the Gangotri Glacier, one of the biggest glaciers in the Himalayas, and Tapovan, a beautiful lush meadows, both being also popular pilgrimage sites in Hinduism.



It lies in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, 6 km south of Gaumukh (the source of the Bhagirathi River). Its name refers to its status as a sacred symbol -Shiva Linga. It was called "Matterhorn Peak" by early European visitors because of its similarity in appearance to that Alpine peak. While not of locally great elevation, it is a dramatic rock peak, and the most visually striking peak as seen from Gaumukh; that and the difficulty of the climb make it a famed prize for mountaineers.

Shivling forms the western gateway for the lower Gangotri Glacier, opposite the triple-peaked Bhagirathi Massif. It lies on a spur projecting out from the main ridge that forms the southwest side of the Gangotri Glacier basin; this ridge contains other well-known peaks such as Bhagirathi, Thalay Sagar and Meru.

It was also called Mahadeo Ka Linga or (Mahadev Ka Linga) Appearing as a single pyramid when seen from Gaumukh, Shivling is actually a twin-summitted mountain, with the northeast summit being slightly higher than the southwest summit, 6,501 m (21,329 ft). Between Gaumukh and Shivling lies the Tapovan meadow, a popular pilgrimage site due to its inspiring view of the mountain.

Shivling is well-defended on all sides by steep rock faces; only the west flank has a moderate enough slope for snow accumulation.[1]

शिवलिंग पर्वत

शिवलिंग भारत के उत्तराखण्ड राज्य के उत्तरकाशी ज़िले में गढ़वाल हिमालय के गंगोत्री समूह में स्थित दो शिखरों वाला एक पर्वत है। गौमुख के पवित्र स्थल से यह पूरे गंगोत्री समूह का सबसे प्रमुख पर्वत दिखता है और हिन्दू श्रद्धालुओं द्वारा भगवान शिव का प्रतीक माना जाता है। समुद्र तल से इसकी ऊँचाई 6540 मीटर है।

External links


  1. Ed Douglas, "Shivling", in World Mountaineering (Audrey Salkeld, editor), Bulfinch Press, 1998, ISBN 0-8212-2502-2, pp. 258-261.

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