shiva parvati ganesha painting @ kotilingeshwaraKotilingeshwara quite literally means 1 crore Shiva Lingas, and 1 crore (koti) is generally what we (south Indians) use to denote an infinite number. But according to the the local priest there are about 33 Lakh Lingas established at this place. As I have this vague kind of attraction towards Shiva lingas (because of its simplicity and abstract form) so viewing this countless number of Shiva lingas of various shapes and forms at a single location was a big treat to me.
Kotilingeshwara is the presiding deity of the temple of the village of Kammasandra, which is a small village situated in Kolar district of Karnataka state and about five kilometers from Kolar Gold Fields. This place has the distinction of having the biggest Shiva linga in the world. The wall painting of Shiva, Parvati and Ganesha (on the left) is one of the most descriptive painting I have come across. The bluishness of Shiva in the above painting is because he is known to smear his body with ashes.
Shiva Lingas @ Kotilingeshwara

Shiva linga with ridges – this pattern on a Shiva linga was something unique for this place

basava facing shiva linga - kotilingeshwara

Giant Shiva linga and a Basava (Lord Shiva’s carrier animal). There was one peculiarity about the Basava statue which was very apparent to any visitor, the Basava’s head, limbs and hump were in dis-proportionate to its body because of which (and I hate to say) the Basava was looking a little cartoonish!

Huge Shiva linga @ kotilingeshwara

Large Shiva Linga: This structure has been constructed by sticking granite tiles on a concrete structure.

Shiva linga - Shiva's third eye

The most famous and feared ‘Shiva’s Third Eye’. The red vertical leaf like structure in the middle of the three Horizontal white lines symbolically denotes Lord Shiva’s Third eye. Peace be with all!

Anoop Hullenahalli

An Electronics Engineer working on wireless embedded systems for a living. Traveling, photographing and sharing my experiences here at ANUBIMB helps me unwind and break the monotony of life.


Kaustav Dhar · 28 Apr ’13 at 4:13 pm

I am told that the ‘yoni’ (the place through which the water flows out) should always be facing the NORTH. In th 3rd picture (Basava) above, I see all the Shivling facing towards one direction, however the one which is in the RIGHT CORNER is placed other way…. My question is can we place LINGAm is such a way that the ‘YONI’ faces some other direction other than NORTH? If YES, which direction?

Will you please clarify or ask for clarification from the temple priest?


    Anoop Hullenahalli · 29 Apr ’13 at 3:51 am


    Thanks for commenting but I’m really not the right person to give suggestions in this regard. I’m a hobby photographer who loves taking pictures of Indian architecture and statues. Regarding your question, any priest in a Shiva temple should be able to guide you in the right direction.


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