Shivling is a mountain at tapovan in the Gangotri Group of tops in the western Garhwal Himalaya, close to the nose of the Gangotri Glacier. It lies in the northern Indian condition of Uttarakhand, 6 kilometers (4 mi) south of the Hindu sacred site of Gaumukh (the wellspring of the Bhagirathi River). Its name alludes to its status as a hallowed image – Shiva Linga. It was called “Matterhorn Peak” by ahead of schedule European guests in view of its similitude in appearance to that Alpine top. While not of locally incredible height, it is a sensational rock crest, and most outwardly striking crest seen from Gaumukh; that and the trouble of the rising make it an extremely popular prize for mountain climbers.
Shivling shapes the western portal for the lower Gangotri Glacier, inverse the triple-crested Bhagirathi massif. It lies on pressure anticipating out from the principle edge that structures the southwest side of the Gangotri Glacier bowl; this edge contains other surely understood tops, for example, Bhagirathi, Thalay Sagar and Meru.
It was additionally called Mahadeo Ka Linga or (Mahadev Ka Linga) Appearing as a solitary pyramid when seen from Gaumukh, Shivling is really a twin-summitted mountain, with the upper east summit being marginally higher than the southwest summit, 6,501 m (21,329 ft). In the middle of Gaumukh and Shivling lies in the Tapovan valley, a prevalent journey site because of its moving perspective of the mountain.
Shivling is all around safeguarded on all sides by steep rock faces; just the west flank has a sufficiently moderate incline for snow accumulation.
After British investigation of the Gangotri Glacier in 1933, a German endeavor drove by R. Schwarzgruber climbed close-by tops and did a surveillance of Shivling in 1938. They reported “no possible course” on the mountain because of its steepness and the risk of falling seracs.
Shivling was initially gotten on 3 June 1974 by means of the west edge, by a group from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, drove by Hukam Singh. The edge is the most reduced edge highlight on the mountain, yet at the same time includes genuine blended climbing, and is exhausted by the sleet hindrance noted by the Germans. The edge prompts the col between the two summits; a precarious snow/ice edge then prompts the primary summit.
Since the primary rising, no less than ten different courses have been gotten on the crest, climbing every single real edge and most significant appearances of the mountain. All courses are to a great degree genuine undertaking.
In 2004 Shirshendu Mukherjee turned into the most youthful individual on the planet to have climbed the mountain at 19 years old as a part of an Indian endeavor.
In 2005, Basanta Singha Roy and Debashis Biswas, both climbers from Mountaineers Association Of Krishnanagar (MAK), West Bengal, India, were the main fruitful summiters of India, as a part of an aggregate non military personnel exertion i.e. with no armed force support