Kotilingeshwara Temple, Kolar
The temple named as Kotilingeshwar Temple is located in the Kolar district which is part of the Karnataka state of India. The temple is dedicated to commemorating Lord Shiva and is considered one of the largest Shiva Lingams, believed to be 33 meters or 108 feet in size. It also has a tall Nandi statue that measures 11 meters or 35 feet and has been built. Thus, it is surrounded by small lingams that cover an area of 61,000 square meters or 15 acres. The Nandi Idol is built on a platform, which is 40 feet wide, 4 feet wide, and 60 feet long. The temple base has eleven other temples with various deities and for devotees, there is also a water tank near Lingam where they can perform the Abhisheka. The temple is named because the temple’s founder, Sambha Shiva Murthy, built it with the desire to put it in the 1 crore lingam. In Kotilingeshwar’s name, Koti is called Crore. he temple premises also have a meditation hall, marriage hall, exhibition canter and a rest house.
History And The Legend Associated
In 1980 Swami Shiva Murthy built the Kotilingeshwar Temple and the same year the first Linga was installed in the trample complex. The various deities located within the temple are Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Maheshwar Temple. The temple has small temples in the compound of the Goddess Annapurnashwari, the Temple of Lord Panchaganapathi, Lord Rama, Sita, the Temple of Lakshmana, the Temple of Lord Pandurangaswamy and many others. Temple 4 has been declared a tourist destination by the government so that people can visit Lord Shiva Lingam. The temple also has two blossoming trees, known as Cannon Ball and Nagalinga, and it is believed to bless the unmarried woman with a happy and married life. The temple is full of devotees during Maha Shivaratri.
Every day, the temple priests worship all the installed lingas, music and dhol are played in the background, and some famous and revered chants are sung by the temple priests and perform special puja by pouring water over the lingam. And by installing new Lingas. Devotees can install Lingas as per the date chosen by them.
How To Reach Kotilingeshwara Temple
Nearest Road – From Bangalore, Kolar where the temple is located is at a distance of 2.5 kms and those who want to travel to the temple via the road route.
Nearest Railway Station – The temple is well-connected with the rail line Network in Hassan, Hubli, Kolar, Mangalore and Bangalore.
By Air – The most convenient and the nearest airport to from Kolar is in Bangalore form where cab facilities and public transportation is easily available.