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Koti Lingeshwara, Kolar


Travellers exploring Kolar District are 'recommended' to visit Koti Lingeshwara Temple that is located in Kammasandra Village. Swamy Sambha Shiva Murthy built this temple with 108 feet tall Shivalinga which is regarded as the biggest linga in the world. Devotees can also see a 35 feet tall idol of Nandi, the rider of Lord Shiva, which has been placed in front of the presiding deity.

Pilgrims from all parts of the country visit the Koti Lingeshwara Temple during the occasion of Maha Shivaratri. Upon reaching this temple, they can see other deities here, namely Lord Vishnu, Lord Rama, Lord Maheshwara, Lord Anjaneya, Goddess Annapoorneshwari and Lord Brahma. Some shrines are dedicated to Goddess Kannika Parameshwari, Lord Venkataramani Swamy and Goddess Karumaari Amma and Lord Panduranga Swamy.

Devotees visiting this temple offer prayers to the presiding deity by placing lingas that can be purchased from the site. The daily pooja is performed by 10 priests twice a day, at 6 am and 6 pm. The priests of this temple recite mantras along with drums and music and pour water on every linga installed at the site.

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