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Trip to Kotiligenshwara and Bangaru Tirupati

Participants:

1. H.S.Venkataramana and Family
2. Wife (Chumki) and Myself

Date: 20th March, 2011

Mode of Transport: Tata Indica

The Kotilingeshwara Temple is situated at Kammasandra near Bethamangala, Bangarpet Taluk, in Karnataka. As the name suggest, Kotilingeshwara houses 1 crore of Linga’s though as of now, it is estimated to be around 92 Lacks and still growing. The temple is being constructed by Swamy Sambhashiva Murthy. There are small temples of various deities constructed within the premises of the temple. The Lingas installed, vary in sizes, from small to big. Pooja’s are being performed to each of the Linga’s installed.

Bangaru Tirupati resembles the famous Sri Venkateshwara Temple of Tirupathi in Andhra Pradesh. The Vishnu temple and the Padmavati temple is situated on small hills, you have to climb some steps for the darshan. You need to view th Vishnu idol through the window not via the door. The view from the top of the temples is awesome as you can view the greenery surrounding the temples.

Narasimha Theertha is around 5 kms from the Mulabagilu, and one of the prime mutts of Raghevandra Swamy, dedicated to Sripadaraya. As you go around the place, you locate the brindavana, his study place and a pond. It is said that Ganga flows in to the pond.

Anjaneya (Hanuman) Temple located in Mulabagilu is stated to be installed by Arjuna around 4000 yrs ago. A special flower is being offered to the deity everyday by one or the another, all round the year, irrespective of it’s blooming season.

Route Information:

Kotilingeshwara is around 100 kms from Bangalore on the old Madras road. The best route would be,

Bangalore -> Hoskote -> Kolar (bypass, take right at railway gate) -> Bangarpet (take left after 5 kms) -> Kotilingeshwara

We have not gone via this route, but went via Bethamangala. Just take right before the medical college (a large statue of Lord Rama), and go towards Bethamangala. Take left after you reach Bethamangala and after traveling around 10 kms you would find Kotilingeshwara temple on the left.

Bangaru Tirupati, is around 9 kms from Kotiligenshwara temple, from the Bethamangala bus stop. Anjaneya temple is around 2 kms from the Narasimha Theertha.

Road to Kotilingeshwara

Kotilingeshwara Temple

View from top of Bangaru Tirupati

Narasimha Teertha

Anjaneya Temple at Mulabagilu

Members of the trip

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Trek to Shivgange

Participants:

1. Shrikant Gaikwad
2. Chakrapani
3. Srinivas R.
4. Vijay Sankar
5. Wife (Chumki) and Myself

Date: 13th March, 2011

Mode of Transport: Bajaj Platina 125 cc, Hero Honda Passion, Unicorn

This was trip which I have been planning for some time but was not able to make it, for one thing or the other and finally, it happened that too after my marriage.

`Shivgange` derives it’s name from it’s shape (Shiv Linga shape) and springs running underneath (Ganga). Ideal for one day trek, this place is near Dobbaspet, Tumkur district, at around 54 kms from ISRO HQ, New BEL Road. `Shivganage` is also known aliasly as “Dakshina Kashi” or Kashi of South India. The presence of a large number of temples have made it into a pilgrimage center.

1. Gangadhareshwara Temple: Gangadhareshwara, is said to be one of the forms of Lord Shiva. It is below a huge rock and as such the roof is very low. It is said, that the offerings in Ghee turns into Butter, not sure how. There is also a tunnel therein (inscription therein), which as per the locals, connects to Gavi Gangadhareshwara temple in Bangalore.
2. Patal Gange: The word describes it’s meaning, underground Ganga. The water level keeps changing throughout the day. It is said to be connected to connected to Antaragange in Kolar. The water is considered sacred in both the places.
3. Olakala Teertha: Olakala Teertha, is another temple on the way to the Nandi statue, at around 1 kms from the base. You need to put your hand inside a small opening and touch the spring flowing underneath. It is said to be lucky in case you are able to touch or feel the water.

There is a huge statue of Shiv/Parvati on the way to the the Nandi Statue. Seems this is newly constructed.

4. Nandi Statue: The Nandi statue is the nighest point of the hill. It is around 3 kms from the base. The view from the top is awesome. There is also a point where Queen Shantala wife of Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana committed suicide. This point is known as Shantala drop.

Route Information:

The place is around 54 kms from ISRO HQ. One needs to go straight on to NH4 till Dobbaspett (around 20 kms from Nelamangala). As you reach Dobbaspet, don’t take the flyover, go underneath and take left turn and travel for 6 KMs to reach Shivagange. As you move on the road, you will have a good view of the hill.

View of Shivgange from the base

Statue of Shiv Parvati on the way

Route to the top

Nandi statue at the top

There are lot places to cool yourself on the way to the Nandi, making it less tiring.

Note: Do not carry any bags. Monkeys therein will snatch anything whatever they can get hold of.

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