Friday, October 7, 2011


The main attraction of this peaceful retreat, which is surrounded by plush greenery, is a huge Shivalinga. Measuring 108 ft, this shivalinga is tallest of its kind in the world and accompanying it is a 35 ft tall Basava, surrounded by lakhs of small shivalingas spread over an area of 15 acres. So far, around 86 lakh shivalingas have been installed. The entire project involves the installation of one crore shivalingas of various sizes, hence the name ‘Kotilingeshwara’.

Kotilinga temple is approximately 90 km away from Bangalore. The best way to reach is to take KR puram flyover(hanging bridge) (this will connect to NH4) --> Hoskote--> Kolar (~30 km from this Rly crossing) ---> Railway crossing --> take right turn after railway crossing ----> you will meet another railway crossing ----> continue to Bangarpet ----> drive further 10 km------> You will find Kotilinga temple to your right.

The Lord Kotilingeshwara Temple is situated in Kammasandra Village in Kolar district, Karnataka State, India. The temple is about 6 km from Kolar Gold Fields also known as KGF. The main deity of this temple is Lord Kotilingeshwara. This Temple was constructed by Swamy Sambha Shiva Murthy which is open to public from early morning till 9.30 p.m.

There are millions of Lingas being installed surrounding the temple by the pilgrims since 1980 spread over an area of 13 acres. There are more than 86 LAKH Lingas installed as of 2008. The lingas installed vary between 1 foot and 3 feet tall. 

The temple has two NagaLinga Flower Trees or Cannon Ball Flower Trees. The unmarried women pray with devotion and faith to Lord Lingeswara wishing for a happy married life and tie a yellow thread around the Tree. One can see yellow threads covering the entire Tree.

The Karnataka government has declared this temple as a tourist spot so that devotees and pilgrims from all over the world can witness the 108-foot tall Linga and 35 tall Feet Nandi.

Poojas are performed to all the installed Lingas everyday at 6:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. by 10 Priests along with Drums and Music. 

Linga Installation : 
The Devotees can offer their prayers to Lord Kotilingeshwara by installing Lingas. The price for the Lingas depends on the size of the Linga to be installed. These informations will be available with the Executive Officer of the temple. The Lingas will be installed in the name of the devotee. One can find the names of the devotees carved on the Lingas installed and prayers will be offered everyday for the well being of the donator.s

Mantap or Rest House Facility
The temple authorities have constructed Mantap or Rest houses for the Pilgrims beside the temple premises. People who want to stay and visit the temple can rest at this Mantap free of cost.

Annadhanam Facility
The temple has free midday meal facility or Annadhanam facility for all the devotees.This is being followed for the past 6 years.

Free Cost marriages
The temple founder Swamy Sambha Shiva Murthy has performed free mass marriages for the past 4 years, in which 360 couple have benefited.Today the temple performs utmost 15 to 20 marriages for 4 days in a week. The temple collects a nominal fee of around Rs 200 for each marriage. They make all the arrangements including the Priest, Drums and Music for the marriages.

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