|Proper name||Kotilingeshwara Swamy|
Kotilingeshwara temple is a temple in the village of Kammasandra in Kolar district, Karnataka, India. The presiding deity of the temple is lord Shiva. The temple has one of the largest lingams in the world.
About the temple
The main attraction of the temple is a huge lingam measuring 108 ft (33 m) tall and 35 ft (11 m) tall Nandi statue, surrounded by lakhs of small lingams spread over an area of 15 acres (61,000 m2). The Nandi is installed over a platform which is 60 feet (18 m) in length, 40 feet (12 m) in width and 4 feet (1.2 m) in height. There are eleven small temples constructed within the premises for various deities. A water tank is set up close to the Lingam, used by the devotees to performing Abhisheka. The temple was founded by Swamy Sambha Shiva Murthy with the intent of installing one crore lingams, hence the name "Kotilingeshwara" where 'Koti' means 'crore'. The statues varying between 1 foot (0.30 m) and 3 feet (0.91 m) in height are installed around the temple by devotees since 1980. There is a rest house, marriage hall, meditation hall and an exhibition center attached to the temple.
- Duttagupta, Samonway (7 March 2016). "4 of the most amazing Shiva temples in India other than Amarnath and Kedarnath". India Today. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
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