As many will agree, one day trips are more to escape the hustle-bustle of the cities and generally a less planned spontaneous ride out of the city. This May Day holiday we just did that… to break our busy routine and relax through a long drive along with family outside Bangalore. City of lakes- Bangalore is surrounded by lots of places that you can visit to relax and get some peace. I was thinking about making a weekend gateway to Kotilingeshwara Temple for a long time and this mid week holiday gave us the reason to execute it.
Kotilingeshwara, as the name suggests is a temple of Lord Shiva, with about one crore Shivalingas. It is situated at a place called Kammasandra, about 5 km from Kolar Gold Fields . This place has a collection of number of Shiva Lingas spread over an area of 15 acres. More than 90 lakh of such Lingas have already been installed. Kotilingeshwara has the distinction of having the biggest Shivalinga (108 ft) in the world and accompanying it is a 35 ft tall Basava. The entire project involves the installation of one crore shivalingas of various sizes, hence the name ‘Kotilingeshwara’.
As soon as you will enter to the temple your eyes will be delighted with the colourful sight of uncountable Lingas. This was one of the major attraction in Kotilingeshwara temple. There is lingas of various size small, big and very big, starting from inches to the largest linga of the world you will be able to see it here.
While passing through these shivlingas in the corner you can see a sacred tree covered with yellow threads and small cane baskets for good luck. Here people tie the yellow thread and offer prayers for the fulfillment of the wishes.
There are many temples inside the huge temple complex. Main among them are Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, and Lord Bramha. Also the temples of Lord Kotilingeshwara, Lord Rama, Panchamukhi Ganesha, Lord Venkataramami Swamy and Goddess Annaporneshwari and Lord Anjaneya is there near the exit of the campus.
Some Interesting facts about the Temple –
• Timing – 6 AM to 9 PM
• Temple entry is Rs 20/- , Special Darshan – Rs.50/- and Rs.100 /-.
• Camera charge – Rs.100/-
• You can also install linga there, charges starts from Rs. 6000 /-
•. Mass Marriage – Rs 200/-per couple
• Temple was founded by Swamy Sambha Shiva Murthy in 1980.
• Temple has a vast land of 15 acres and still being constructed.
• It is said that around 90 lakhs (9 million lingas) have already been installed.
Where to eat –
- There aren’t any proper food joint till Kolar, so its better to stock your car with food and water.
- You may find some south India restaurants on the way where food is ok. Nalakappa is one where we stopped for coffee and snacks on our way back.
- Temple provide free meals during lunch time – 12pm – 3pm.
How to reach Kotilingeshwara –
By Road –
Distance is 107 KMS from Bannerghatta Road, Arekere. Road conditions are fairly good and there is only one toll that charges Rs 24/- for multiple entries for a day.
By Rail –
The nearest railway station is Bangarpet which is at a distance of 15 kms.
By Air –
The nearest airport is Bangalore Airport.
Check the video here – A DAY TRIP BANGALORE TO KOTILINGESHWARA TEMPLE
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Happy and safe travel.
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