WHAT THEHEEBEE SAYS ABOUT KOTILINGESHWARA:
The whole of India boasts of many unique cultures and temples. There are temples that signify different cultures, customs, rituals and architecture. One such beautiful and a unique temple is located in a small village named Bangarapet in the Kolar District of Karnataka State of India. It is known as “Kotilingeshwara” – a Sanskrit word where “Koti” means One Crore and “Lingeshwara” means Shiva Linga – an iconic representation of Hindu God Shiva. The temple is also abode to World’s tallest Shiva Linga which stands at a majestic 33 meters height.
We followed Google Maps and it took us to the temple without any problem. So following Google Maps is advised. Drive on Bangalore – Tirupati highway is a pleasure with many scenic spots around small hills and huge rocks. The internal road which takes from Kolar to Kotilingeshwara Temple is also in a decent shape and surrounded by lush green fields.
There are few good eateries on the highway like CCD, Hotel Kamat etc till you reach Kolar junction. The way from Kolar junction till Kotilingeshwara temple passes through small villages. On this stretch you will find very few eateries or bakeries or tea stalls, however, you will find many coconut vendors and seasonal fruit vendors. Do halt for few mins to relish these. It will be a great experience.
There are few refreshment stalls at the parking premises of the temple. You can get some quick snack and cold drinks at these stalls.
Temple has a sizeable covered parking area which was relatively empty as it was not a festival day when we visited. But the parking area is not big enough to cater to a huge number of vehicles that might turn up during festivals.
Parking area leads to the temple’s approach road which has a series of colorful shops selling Puja items like garlands, kumkum, incense sticks, lamps etc. There is a small shop to leave your footwears at nominal charges.
Ticket collection is well organized at a small ticket counter. A narrow walkway leads to the premises where lakhs of Shiva Lingas are established. It was a stunning first sight. There are shiva lings of different sizes an placed very beautifully to create a very divine atmosphere.
We passed by the Shiva Lingas and reached the heart of the premises where various temples are located. We passed by all the temples and did Archanaa at the temple of the main deity.
We then reached to the most sought-after place in the temple premises – World’s highest/largest Shiva Linga. The sight was seen to be believed. Opposite the huge Shiva Linga is a huge Nandi idol which is 11 meters high.
We completed the tour of the temple premises and took the exit. There are very nice small shops selling toys, bangles etc. The kids bought some small dolls as a memento. We started our return journey and reached Bangalore by nightfall.
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