Supposedly possessing the “largest shiv linga in Asia” is a Hindu shrine in Karnataka known as Kotilingeshwara Temple. This “Lord Shiva” devoted temple is located in the Kolar district. Constructed by Swami Sambha Shiva Murthy, the complex of this temple comprises of eleven small shrines. Furthermore, this temple also consists of a huge idol of “Nandi, the bull” (Lord Shiva’s vehicle) that is about 35 feet in height. In addition, ardent Shiva devotees at this temple are permitted to “install” shiva lingas themselves as form of worship.
a. How to reach Kotilingeshwara Temple
Kotilingeshwara Temple Map
1. By train:
The nearest station to this temple is located in Bangarapert. The Bangarapert Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the country.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this temple then the ideal starting points would be Mangalore, Bangalore, Udupi, and Coimbatore.
- Via Mangalore:
There are two routes from Mangalore to this temple, and they are via NH75 and via NH275.
- Via Bangalore:
There are two routes from Bangalore to this temple, and they are via Hosur Road and via 4th Main Road/Rashtriya Vidyalaya Road and Hosur Road.
- Via Udupi:
There are two routes from Udupi to this temple, and they are via NH75 and via NH48.
- Via Coimbatore:
There are two routes from Coimbatore to this temple, and they are via NH544 and NH44 and via NH948.
3. By air:
The closest airport to this temple is located in Bangalore at a distance of 108 km. The Bangalore Airport is well connected to major cities in the country.
b. Religious significance of the Kotilingeshwara Temple
This temple is renowned for its 108 feet tall Shivlinga considered to be the tallest in Asia. In addition, this temple is also known for providing devotees with an opportunity to show their devotion to Lord Shiva via “installation of lingams”. Such has been the impact of this unique installation project, that there are about 100 lakh lingams that have been installed so far at this temple. Furthermore, this temple attracts about 2 lakh devotees during the Mahashivratri festival annually.
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