Situated in Kammasandra village in the Kolar district of Karnataka, Kotilingeshwara Temple boasts of having one of the largest shivalingams in the world. It stands 108 ft tall and is surrounded by 100 lakh smaller shivalingams.
The aim of Kotilingeshwar is the installation of one crore shivalingam
s of various sizes. In front of the main shivalingam
is a 35-foot-tall statue of Nandi (mount of Shiva) set on a raised platform. Eleven smaller temples dedicate to other deities are built inside the temple complex. Two NagaLinga (Cannon Ball Flower) trees outside are covered with yellow threads tied by unmarried girls praying for a happily married life.
Every morning and evening (6 AM and 6 PM), 10 priests perform pooja with drums and music; as they recite the mantras, the priests pour water o each and every shivalingam there.
The temple founder, Swamy Sambha Shiva Murthy, has been performing mass marriages over the last four years; almost 15-20 marriages take place over four days with the temple charging Rs 200 for each wedding – including the cost of priest, drums, music, etc.