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Pancha Bhoota Sthalams (Five Elements Shiva Temples)

Pancha Bhoota Sthalam refers to five temples dedicated to Shiva,[1] each representing a manifestation of the five prime elements of nature: earth, water, fire, air, and ether.[2]Pancha indicates “five,” Bhoota means “elements,” and Sthala means “place.” The temples are located in South India, four in Tamil Nadu and one in Andhra Pradesh. The five elements are believed to be enshrined in the five lingams[1] of the temples, with each lingam named on the element represented. All five temples are located around the 78°E and 79°E longitudes and between 10°N and 14°N latitudes.[3]