The presence of Shiva and Shiva Lingas in the South in significant and the worship of Shiva is more prevalent than in the north.
This has made me search for the early worship of Shiva in the South, which precede even the Sanatana Dharma of the North.
Please read my post on Pre Sanatana Dharma Shiva.
Not only this.
The spread of Sanatana Dharma to South East Asia was led by Subrahmanya(Murugan) and to the West of India by Shiva and His son Ganesha.
This is proved by the presence of Shiva, Ganesha in the west and Murugan and Shiva in the East.
All from Bharatavarsha.
Now an interesting questions arise .
Were Ganesha, Murugan and Shiva Human Beings’ later elevated to Godhood?
or were they Aliens who came down to the Earth?
Considering the fact that the Vedas advocate formless worship and the development of Thoughts on God only as a means of Self Realization,the Reality Brahman being an abstract principle, there is scope for more research on this subject.
There are also reports, very credible of course, of underground tunnels in various parts of the world, all interlinked.
The common factor is the Kailash Mountain, the Abode of Lord Shiva.
I shall be writing with research papers on this subject.
In the mean while there is a report of thousands of Shiva Lingas being found in the Shalmala Riverbed in Karnataka.
This came to light when the riverbed dried up because of dry weather.
Recently, due to dry weather, the water level of the Shalmala river in Karnataka receded, revealing the presence of thousands of Shiva Lingas carved throughout the river bed. Because of these uncountable carvings, the place gets the name “Sahasralinga” (thousand Shiva Lingas).
Sahasralinga has become an important pilgrimage place. On the auspicious day of Mahashivaratri thousands of pilgrims visit Sahasralinga to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva. Each Lingam in the river has a matching carving of Nandi (the Bull mountTh of Lord Shiva) facing it.
Shiva Lingas have been worshipped by Hindus for thousands of years. It represents divine power and energy. The worship of Shiva Linga was not confined to India only. Carvings of Shiva Lingas can be found throughout the world in nearly every ancient civilization.
Sahasralinga is a most beautiful place. It is located near Sirsi, in the state of Karnataka. It is on the way to Yellapur from Sirsi, around 17 kms from Sirsi. After Bhairumbe you will have to get down at a bus-stop called Hul Gol bus-stop and walk towards Hul Gol. From the main road it is a distance of around 2 kms.
I am investigting the possible likns between these Sahasralingas and the Valley of Shiva Lingas in Kbal Spean ,Cambodia.