Thousands of devotees from south Gujarat and Maharashtra are expected to visit the tribal-dominated Dharampur taluka in Valsad district for worshiping an enormous 25-ft-tall shivlingam made using 16 lakh rudraksh beads, which will be unveiled on Mahashivratri on March 1.
A devotee of Lord Shiva Batuk Vyas has been making the rudraksh shivlingam every year to appease the deity during Shivratri festival. He had started with making an 11-inch rudraksh shivlingam in 2000. Last year, Vyas made a 25-feet shivlingam using 8.50 lakh rudraksh beads.
Vyas said a 15-ft-tall rudraksh shivlingam he made in 2008 got an entry into the Limca Book of Records. Last year, the record was broken with the construction of 25-ft-tall rudraksh shivlingam.
"Last year more than 2 lakh devotees from across the state and Maharashtra had visited Dharampur to worship the rudraksh shivlingam. This year, we are expecting more than 2 lakh devotees to throng Dharampur," Vyas said.