Sahashtralinga Talav

Sahastralinga Talav is a popular place that attracts visitors around the world. It is basically a manmade tank that was constructed during the time of Chalukya rule in Gujarat. The tank is mainly notable for the architectural craftsmanship combining the skill of water management for ensuring its sanctity among the people of Hindu religion. This tank mainly obtained water from one of the canals of Saraswati River along with spreading over a vast stretch of land about five kilometer with the masonry embankments. Presently, the tank contains no water except the earthwork. Every year tourists come here to see the remains of the shrines dedicated to lord Shiva apart from this marvelous pentagonal shaped artificial tank.

Besides seeing the ruins of this tank, visitors can have a stroll of the surrounding regions where they can catch glimpse of the remains of the Shiva shrines. They can also visit the nearby museum to see the excavated materials that had been obtained from the site. They will get more information about the tank as well as that of the rulers of Patan. The city of Patan is also known for other notable places of attractions among which Rani Ki Vav is a well known travel spot. It is an artificial steep well that draws the curiosity of the visitors every day.

History

This remarkable artificial tank was constructed by Siddhraj Jaisingh over the lake of Durlabh Sarovar. An excavation conducted during the period of 1936 culminated with the revelation of a bridge, embankment portion, silting chamber and entry channel of this manmade tank. As per the inscription, found in the Shiva temple of Vyala Kula Street of the city, the lake of the tank was quite larger in size. As per the legend, it was because of the curse of Jasma Odan, a tank digger, that the flow of water into the tank had been stopped forever. The overall area of this talav is about seventeen hectares and in its center there is the huge earth heap of Bakasthana.

Where is it located?

It is situated in north western region of Patan city in Gujarat. Tourists can hire private vehicles from Ahmedabad to reach Patan which takes around three hours to see the tank. From the district of Mehsana the journey is about one hour. From the nearby road of Ahemdabad airport the journey will roughly take around 2 hours 18 min via Gujarat State Highway 41.

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