Kotilingeshwara is the principal deity of the Kotilingeshwara temple. This temple lies in the Kammasandra village in the district of Kolar. The Kotilingeshwara temple houses the biggest Shivalinga in the entire world. It is said that during Mahashivaratri, there are close to two lakh devotees who visit this place every year. Kotilingeshwara is about 6 kilometers from the famous Kolar gold fields.
Kotilingeshwara Temple – Religious Significance
The Kotilingeshwara temple is located in a peaceful environment. There is plush greenery surrounding the temple. This world famous temple has lakhs of shivalingas that are spread over fifteen acres of land. There are close to 86 lakh shivalingas in the temple. The shivalingas are of various sizes and this is how the temple has got its name 'Kotilingeshwara'.
There are more than a million lingas that have been installed in and around the temple over thirteen acres of land. The temple architecture is simply superb and you cannot help but wonder how these lingas would have been installed. Just outside the temple there are two flower trees, one Nagalinga and Cannon Ball flower. It is said that unmarried women who pray and tie a yellow thread to the tree are blessed with a happy married life.
ArchitectureSt. Philomena's Church was designed by a French architect called Daly. The design is inspired by the beautiful Cologne Cathedral of Germany. The Neo Gothic or Victorian Gothic style of the architecture was the popular style followed in Europe during that period of time.
The architecture of St. Philomena's Church is a majestic work of art. The floor plan of the church reminds one of a cross. The congregation hall or the nave is built to resemble the long end of the cross.
The transepts stand as the two arms of the cross. The portion containing the choir resembles the crossing or intersection.
The altar is placed at the smaller and upper portion of the cross. The altar of the church is an elaborately crafted marble structure that contains the beautiful statue of St. Philomena. This statue was specially brought from France for the purpose.