Many ancient temples of Lord Shiva were aligned geographically in a straight line around 79 degrees E longitude 1000 years ago when there was no modern technology or satellite available just using yogic science. These temples are established where some divine story happened. So this Axis may also be termed as the Divine Axis.
There are seven ancient Shiva temples lying on the same longitude in which five temples represent the 5 elements of nature. We call them Panch Bhoota in the common language which includes earth, water, air, fire, and space.
These five temples show the wonderful association between the Vedas and the Vastu region.
Water is represented in Thiruvanaikaval temple. Fire is represented in Thiruvannamalai. The representation of Air is the Kalahasti temple. Earth represents Kanchipuram temple and Space or Sky is represented in Chidambaram temple.
Here is the list of Seven Ancient Shiva Temples on a Straight Line:
Kedarnath is one of the sacred pilgrimage temples where Nar Narayana established Shiva Linga. It is located on the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini river in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand. The name ‘Kedarnath’ means the ‘The Lord of Field’. It is a part of Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand.
The temple is located in Karim Nagar district of Telangana adjoining Maharashtra. The temple is unique and ancient of Lord Shiva where two Lingams are installed in a single base, one is Shiva and the other is Yama. Because of these Lingams, the temple is termed as Kaleshwara Mukteshwara temple.
Shri Kalahasti Temple:
The Shri Kalahasti temple is one of the most important and ancient Shiva temples located at Chitoor district, Andhra Pradesh on the banks of river Swarnamukhi. Shri Kalahasti is also known as Dakshin Kashi. The temple enhances the Vayulinga, one of the Lord Shiva’s Panch boots lingas. Lord Shiva is worshipped as Kalahateeswara here.
The Ekambareswarar temple located in the town of Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu is one of the largest temples dedicated to the deity Shiva. Ekambareswarar is represented by the Bhoomi lingam, one of the five elements of Panch boots.
Tiruvannamalai is a town located at the foothills of Annamalai. Lord Shiva is worshipped as Annamalaiyar here. The Tiruvannamalai Shiva temple represents the element of fire. The Shiva Puranas asserts that Annamalaiyar is one of four temple complex in India, where the pilgrims can gain final liberation or Moksha.
Chidambaram Nataraja temple located in the heart of Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva who is depicted as Nataraja, the cosmic dancer. The Chidambaram temple represents sky one of the elements of nature. Chidambaram Nataraja temple holds the Bharatnatyam mudra’s carved on the temple walls.
The temple is located in Rameshwaram, an island town in the state of Tamil Nadu. The temple is also one of the twelve Jyotirlinga temples, where Shiva is worshipped in the form of a Linga. It is believed that Lord Rama established and worshipped this Linga here to absolve any sins, that he might have committed during his war against the demon king Ravana.