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Kotilingeshwara Temple

Kotilingeshwara TempleIndia is well known for its great temples that are admired not only by the Hindus but also by the world tourists. Temples or shrines are scattered in all parts of this great country. One of such most popular temple is Kotilingeshwara temple located in a village called Kammasandra in Kolar District in Karnataka State of Southern India.

The place Kolar is around seventy kilometers from Bangalore.

This well-known Kotilingeshwara temple can be easily reached, from Kolar as well as from Bangarapet and located approximately six kilometers and thirteen kilometers respectively on the Bangarapet- Bethamangala road. Bangalore is the nearest airport to reach from this great temple village. Tourists can also take the road route from Bangalore to reach this famous temple designation near Kolar which is popular for gold mines.

Kotilingeshwara temple- A Short History

According to the great epic Ramayana there was a deadly battle between Lord Sri Rama and the Demon King Ravana in Threta Yuga( period). Lord Rama won the battle and in order to offer salvation to those who have perished in the battle from both sides, He has travelled to Rameswaram and installed a Linga and offered prayers to Linga and for the people who lost their lives in the war. By following the similar footprints of Lord Rama, the present Kotilingeshwara temple was constructed in order to instill the culture of divinity combined with peace and prosperity in the preset Kali Yoga.

Unique Features Of Kotilingeshwara temple

The modern shrine was built over fifteen acres of land and the first Linga was installed in 1980 October 10. The term ‘Koti’ refers to one hundred lakhs (ten million) while ‘Lingas’ denotes Lord Siva. As one today around 90 lakhs Lingas are installed in the shrines with a giant Linga stands 108 feet tall with a huge Nandhi (Animal mount of Lord Siva) which is around 35 feet. This is considered to be the tallest Linga structure in the world. Perhaps this is the one which attracts the world tourists from all religions across the globe. This giant structure can be well seen from the long distance of eight kilometers before reaching the temple.


Apart from these innumerable Lingas, there are eleven temples of various Gods and Godesses. Out of these the popular ‘Trimuties’ attract many devotees where Gods namely Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are combined together.

Daily Pooja & Special Poojas

Poojas (worshiping activities) are performed to all the installed Lingas every day at 6am as well as 6pm by ten priests along with chanting mantras with drums and music. Special Poojas are performed while installing the new Lingas. Mahasivaratri, a well known festival for Lord Siva, is celebrated in a grand manner in every year during the months March-April of every year.

Best Time To Visit Kotilingeshwara temple

According to Hindu culture one can visit a temple or a shrine at any season as there are no restrictions for the devotees. The shrine like Kotilingeshwara temple can be visited at any time of the year as the shrine is more known as a prominent sightseeing attraction and the convenience of the tourists seems to be the ideal months for the concerned traveler. However people come in large numbers during month between February and May due to vacation times for schools and colleges in India.

Those who wish to admire this temple in a peaceful manner can avoid these months when the traffic is considered to be maximum in these months. Also accommodations during the peak months are expensive than the winter seasons. As the daily ‘poojas’ are performed in all the days of the year no tourist will be disappointed to see these sacred poojas’ during his or her time of visit to this sacred place.

One comment

  1. Veena Jiwatram Chugani

    Hello…we would like to install a Shivalinga ,need to know the formalities .
    Have written before but haven’t recd any response .
    Kindly let us know .awaiting your reply.

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