Koti Lingeshwar Temple
Temple ( 10 million Shiv Ling) in Kolar / 68 kms from Banaluru, Karnaatak
Temple or Koti Lingeshwara Temple is a famous Lord Shiv Temple situated
in the village of Kammasandra in Kolar district of Karnataka, India.
Kotilingala Temple is well known to have the biggest Shiva Linga in the
world, measuring 108 ft (33 m), the only one of its kind. Associated with
the tallest Shiva Lingam is a 35 ft (11 m) tall Basava, surrounded by
numerous small Shivalingams which spread over an area of 15 acres. The
entire project includes the installation of One Crore Shiva Lingams of
various sizes and hence the name ‘Kotilingeshwara’. Kotilingeshwara Shiva
Temple is about 5 km from Kolar Gold Fields and about 6 km from Aalamaram.
The annual Maha Shivaratri Festival celebrated at the temple attracts
thousands of devotees from all over India.
Koti Lingeshwar Temple Features
A huge Nandee (Nandeeshwar – the Vaahan of Shiv) which is 35 feet (11 m)
tall lies in front of this huge Shiv Linga. The Nandee stands on a
platform which is about 4 feet in height. About eleven small temples of
various deities are constructed within the premises of the Koti Lingeshwar
Temple. There are temples dedicated to Lord Brahmaa, Lord Vishnu and Lord
Maheshwar, followed by the main deity temple Lord Koti Lingeshwar. Other
important temples are Lord Venkataaramani Swamy Temple, Goddess
Annapoorneshwaree Temple, Lord Paandurang Swaamee Temple, Lord Panchmukhaa
Ganapaty Temple, Lord Raam, Lakshman and Seetaa Temple, Lord Aanjaneya
Temple, Goddess Kannikaa Parameshwaree Temple and Goddess Kaumaaree Ammaa
in the Temple
Worship services are performed to all the Lingas everyday at 6:00 am and
6:00 pm by 10 priests, along with drums and music. Mantras are recited and
water is poured by the priests on each and every installed Ling. Devotees
can offer their prayers to Lord Koti Lingeshwar by installing a Ling. The
Ling will be installed in the name of the devotee and the names of the
devotees are carved on the Ling. Prayers are offered everyday for the
welfare of the donator.
Every afternoon, Anna Daan (free food) is provided to all the devotees.
How to reach Koti Lingeshwar Temple
Kolar is about 68 km from Bangalore. Buses regularly run from Bangalore.
Bangalore International Airport is the nearest airport. Bangarapet Railway
Station and Marikuppam Railway Station are the nearest railheads to reach
Koti Lingeshwar Shiv Temple. for more details click on the link
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