The Kotilingeshwara temple in Kolar district is about 97 kms from Bengaluru. This temple is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva and has one of the largest lingams in the world.
Devotees travel from far to this temple to seek blessings of Lord Shiva. According to the priests here, the temple came into existence in the 1970s. There are 90 lakh lingams installed inside the temple complex and another 10 lakh will complete the one crore mark. However, praying in the main temple is equivalent to seeking the blessings of one crore lingam.
Motorcycle Ride to Kotilingeshwara Temple
This Sunday, I planned for a Kotilingeshwara Temple trip in my Royal Enfield motorcycle. This was my first ride to this temple so made some route plans.
The Google map showed the ideal route to reach the Kotilinga temple from Bangalore was through Hoskote, Kolar and via Bethamangala route to Kotilingeshwara Temple.
Instead of returning in the same route, I planned to take a different route – via Bangarapet, Malur and Whitefield. However, this plan failed. I do not have the mobile holder in the motorcycle handlebar yet. I was not following the route map so ended up taking a different route to the One Crore Linga temple.
I left home at 10.30 am and filled petrol in the nearby Shell fuel station. The traffic was normal (in Bangalore standards) and the road was clear after the hanging bridge. Riding all the way to the temple was stress-free, as I had stopped multiple times. I stopped to withdraw cash after riding 20 kms from Bangalore and again stopped to buy water after riding couple of kilometres farther.
Moreover, I had to stop several times to check out some interesting things on the highway. I took some photographs, spoke to some people and learnt something about growing tomatoes!
The first photograph I took is of the statue of Amoon in the Golden Amoon Resort property. I took this photograph from the highway, sitting on the motorcycle.
After riding for a while, I came across some serious farming. See the photographs below. I made up my mind to talk to the people there who were repairing the submerged water pump. The people were very friendly and happily answered all my queries.
I was standing in the tomato plantations field. If you observe the photograph below, they have covered the plant with the plastic sheet with a small opening so the plant can see the sun and get enough water. The plan is to run excess water out (if it rains heavily) and retain only the required amount. Moreover, there is a drip pipe running inside the cover. I have seen the tomato plantations earlier but this technique makes sense.
After riding for a while, I came across a cabbage farm. The women in the field were loading the cabbage into the truck. With their permission, I captured their photographs and that of cabbage field. The truck driver obliged to capture one of my photographs with my silver bullet.
Riding the motorcycle on the highway is fun, especially the Royal Enfield motorcycles. However, the speed this motorcycle offers is not always enjoyable. I miss the 500 cc now.
Instead of following the planned route, I diverted to Bangarapet. I was supposed to come here after visiting the Kotilingeshwara temple and go to Bengaluru via Malur.
On the highway, there were several colourful small structures with idols within it. Towards the left, there were street vendors selling vegetables and other petty shops. While observing all these, I missed the Kotilingeshwara temple and rode three kilometres farther. Fortunately, I asked somebody who suggested turning back.
There is an entry fee of Rs. 20/- to the temple. The footwear stand charges Rs. 5 to leave your footwear there. The visitors were carrying camera inside the temple complex. There is a notice board charging Rs. 100 for a camera but nobody bothered about it. I did not pay for the camera either.
The temple complex is a 15-acre land. It consists of temples dedicated to many Hindu Gods, about 90 lakhs of Shiva Lingas (Shiv ling) and a giant statue of Shiva Linga and Nandhi (sacred bull). I spent nearly 3 hours inside temple complex clicking photographs.
I left the temple at 3 pm and in few minutes was in Bangarapet. While enquiring for a way to Malur, a gentleman suggested the roads were bad and to take the usual route via Hoskote.
I was too hungry to ride further. I stumbled upon a small restaurant – Sri Balaji Naidu Hotel. It is not a hotel though, and many of you wouldn’t even think about eating here. My way of selecting a place to eat is different and difficult to explain. I had chicken biryani here at 60 bucks and it was at par with the medium sized restaurants in Bengaluru.
By now, the interest to explore had vanished. I desperately wanted to reach home and did not bother to stop in between. This is a mistake. It actually stressed me out. I should have stopped in between. I was at home by 6 pm and finished writing this post by 9.30 pm.
Kotilingeshwara in Wiki,