Kotilingeshwara Temple, Kolar

Kotilingeshwara temple is located at Kammasandra village around 6 km away from KGF bus stand. Regular buses are available to and fro. The speciality of this temple is it has 1 crore Shiva lingas(statues) in various shapes. People visiting this temple make wishes and if their wishes come true then they install a Shiva linga in their name. Lingas are available in various denominations costing in between Rs 3000 - Rs 50,000.

The temple also have various other deities like Shantoshi maa etc. At the middle there is a huge 110 feet shiva linga and a Nandi in granite. Also, there is a tree wherein you can tie a rope after you perform puja(prayer) with the rope and can make wish as you like. The temple is an awesome sight with Shiva lingas all over.

1000 Lingas in Hampi

This is a unique temple of Lord Shiva where you will find around 10 Million (One Crore) Shiva Linga. All the Linga in this temple are spread over an area of 15 Acres. The height of all the Shiva Linga (Except the Biggest One) in Kotilingeshwara Temple varies between one foot and three feet in height. The idols vary between 1 foot (0.30 m) and 3 feet (0.91 m) in height.

Kotilingeshwara Temple is famous for the fact that it has one of the biggest Shivas Linga in Asia. Height of this massive Shiva Linga is 108 ft (33m). Other than the large Shiva Linga, this temple also houses a large statue of Nandi (vehicle mount of Lord Shiva). This statue of Nandi is 35 feet (11m) tall.

Mahashivratri is a very special occasion for the devotees of Lord Shiva. In this temple, the festival of Maha Shivratri is celebrated with absolute excitement. Thousands of devotees of Lord Shiva Comes here for the celebration of Maha Shivratri.

Within the premises of the temple, there are around eleven different temples of different deities which includes the temple of Lord Vishnu, Lord Brahma and Lord Maheshwara Temples. There are eleven small temples constructed within the premises for various deities. A water tank is set up close to the Linga, used by the devotees to perform Abhisheka. There is a guest house, a marriage hall, a meditation hall and an exhibition center attached to the temple.

Kotilingeshwara Temple Timings

Timings5:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Darshan Ticket costRs. 20
Photography TicketRs.100

Shree Kotilingeshwara Swamy Temple
Kodilingam Temple Road, Ghattiragadahalli,
Karnataka 563121

Kotilingeshwara Temple Poojas & Sevas

Daily poojas are performed at all the installed Shivalingas by the priests every day. The pooja is carried out with music and drums and all the priests recite mantras as well as pour water on the lingas.

The devotees can also offer special poojas by installing the lingas. These lingas can be installed on any day chosen by the devotees in their names. Regular poojas will be carried out and offered to all the lingas installed.

History of Kotilingeshwara Temple Kolar

1200 years ago the area where Kammasandra Village is located was known as Dharmasthali. It was a part of the Rashtrakuta Empire. There was a temple dedicated to Shri Manjunatha here that was highly revered by the people. Manjunath Sharma was born in this village in about 788 CE. He grew up to be a nonbeliever in God and would often insult the deity in the temple. He was also an antisocial and a local bully.

As the years progressed Manjunath Sharma realised his great error and became an ardent devotee of Shri Manjunath (Rudra Dev). By his worship and devotion he was indeed blessed by God, but the villagers did not know of it. One day Manjunath Sharma visited the local Shri Manjunath temple with his family. As they entered the temple all the lit lamps in the temple got extinguished for no apparent reason. There was a great outcry and the people blamed Manjunath Sharma and rushed to assault him. Luckily a representative of the King was present and he controlled the crowd and asked them to maintain calm. The king’s representative asked Manjunath Sharma to prove his innocence. Manjunath Sharma sang a devotional hymn known as Mayakaya Deepam, which had been composed by Maharishi Ved Vyas. The lamps lit up again and seemed even brighter than before. Everyone realized Manjunath Sharma was a changed man, blessed by God.

Manjunath Sharma now was Bhakta Manjunath. He declared since he must have insulted God at least a crore times, he would establish one crore Shivlings to atone for his past sins. He was helped by his family and also had the support of the King in achieving this task. The area came to be known as Kotilingeshwara and it is there the temple seen today stands.

The entire story of Bhakta Manjunatha was captured into a critically acclaimed bilingual feature film titled Sri Manjunatha by producer Nara Jayasridevi and director K. Raghavendra Rao.

Bangalore to Kotilingeshwara Temple Bus Services

KSRTC buses available from Kotilingeshwara Temple from Bangalore to Kolar from Kalasipalayam, Majestic and Shanti Nagar Bus Stand. Distance from Pavagada, Karnataka to Kotilingeshwara Temple, Kodilingam Temple Road, Ghattakamadenahalli, Karnataka is 213.5 km and travelling takes around 4 h 13 min via NH44.

Bangalore to Kotilingeshwara Temple Trains

There are 6 Trains running from Bangalore to Kotilingeshwara. All Trains Run from Monday to Saturday.

66546 KSR Bengaluru - Marikuppam MEMU
SBC/KSR Bengaluru City Junction (Bangalore) to MKM/Marikuppam
07:0009:032h 03m
66511 KSR Bengaluru - Marikuppam MEMU
SBC/KSR Bengaluru City Junction (Bangalore) to MKM/Marikuppam
12:2014:482h 28m
66532 KSR Bengaluru - Marikuppam MEMU
SBC/KSR Bengaluru City Junction (Bangalore) to MKM/Marikuppam
14:4516:381h 53m
66515 Baiyappanhalli - Marikuppam MEMU
Baiyappanhalli (Bangalore) to MKM/Marikuppam
17:2518:481h 23m
66556 KSR Bengaluru - Marikuppam MEMU
SBC/KSR Bengaluru City Junction (Bangalore) to MKM/Marikuppam
18:1020:081h 58m
66520 KSR Bengaluru - Marikuppam MEMU
SBC/KSR Bengaluru City Junction (Bangalore) to MKM/Marikuppam
20:1521:541h 39m

Temples Near Kotilingeshwara

Someswara Swamy Temple at Mulbagal27 km
Vittala Narayana Swamy temple at Mulbagal27 km
Anjaneya Swamy Temple at Mulbagal26 km
Chikka Tirupati63 km

How to reach Kotilingeshwara

The nearest Railway Station is Coromandel, about 6 km from Kammasandra. The nearest Airport is Bangalore Airport, about 98 km from Kammasandra. The nearest railway station is at Kolar Goldfields which is 8 km away. Kuppam Railway junction is 38 km away. From Kuppam there is a direct bus is available to Kammasandra. The nearest airport is at Bengaluru which is 99 km away.

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