Baba came to visit us for 2 weeks. We were overjoyed. However, the day he arrived, I received a intimation from Thailand to submit our response to a RFP. This was also a very good news as we were chasing this customer for the last 5 months. However, this meant that I would have very little time for Baba. Baba understood this and actually encouraged me to concentrate on the RFP.
I had time till 9-Sep-2018 to submit our response. So, I decided that we would go out somewhere with Baba on one of the 2 Sundays he was here. Taking break on 9-Sep-2018 would be very risky. So, we decided to use 2-Sep-2018 to visit Kotilingeshwara.
I found out that Kotilingeshwara was about 95 KM from our house in RT Nagar, Bangalore. So, it was feasible to go and come back the same day. We planned to start at 7:30 AM in the morning. However, we could only start by 8:30 AM. Fortunately, as it was Sunday, we did not face any traffic till we reached KR Puram. At KR Puram too, we did not face any traffic and were easily on the KR Puram bridge driving on the Kolar Road.
After crossing KR Puram Bridge, we faced a little traffic near the crossing to Hoodi junction. Thereafter the road was absolutely empty. We drove on at about 100 KMPH. We came across one Toll Gate. We had to pay Rs. 25 for a 2 ways day pass. There was a little rush at the Toll Gate.
At around 9:30 AM we were crossing Hoskote. Soon, I found a notice board for a Restaurant. I parked our car to find ourselves at Nandi Grand.
Right at the Entrance of Nandi Grand, there is a small Hanuman Temple.
At Nandi Grand, we found that they were having Dosa festival. There was a separate menu for the different types of Dosa they were serving. They had also displayed samples of each type of Dosa.
There are 2 sections at Nandi Grand. Outside there is a self service section and then there is a air conditioned hall where they provide service. We decided to go to the Air Conditioned Hall. It was quite full. However, we got a table with 6 seats. Riya, Baba and I ordered Dosa. Riya and I also ordered a Dahi Vada each. Deepshree ordered Rava Idli and Dahi Vada.
I enjoyed the Dosa. We had gone for Sagoo Dosa. However, it filled my stomach. So, I decided to skip the Dahi Vada. Baba came to the rescue as he had the Dahi Vada. Immediately he declared that he would not have lunch.
There is a very nice Rest Room at Nandi Grand. We all refreshed ourselves as we were unsure what we would find during the rest of the trip. Deepshree and Riya went around clicking snaps at Nandi Grand.
At around 10:30 AM, we started from Nandi Grand having spent around 1 hour here. Suddenly it stuck us that the Temple may close for the afternoon. So, we made a target that we should reach Kotilingeshwara by 12:00 Noon. We checked Google Map and it stated that we would reach by 12:35 PM.
I was driving at 100-120 KMPH as the road was empty. Also, it was a wonderful road till we reached Kolar.
After crossing Kolar, we had to take diversion off the highway. Soon, we found ourselves on a single road. So, I could drive at around 50 KMPH. Google Map suggested that we had to drive about 30 KM on this way. There was a small patch of about 5 KM where road was under construction. This meant that we had to drive on mud road here.
After crossing this stretch, Google Map suggested that we were 5 KM away from Kotilingeshwara Temple.. We were now on a wider Main Road. Soon we reached Kotilingeshwara Temple. It was 12:33 PM.
To enter Kotilingeshwara Temple, we had to pay Rs. 50 as the Parking Fees. We found parking inside the Temple premises. This parking space is covered. However, there is a huge parking space outside the Temple. I am not sure what is the parking fees at that parking.
Right opposite the Parking Area is a Sathya Sai Baba Temple. We offered our prayers here. However, we hurried on as we were not sure if the main temple would close for lunch.
However, as we were proceeding to the Main Temple, we found there is a small Lakshmi Temple. We stopped there and offered our prayers.
From the Lakshmi Temple, entrance to Kotilingeshwara is about 20 meters. At the entrance of Kotilingeshwara, we had to buy tickets at the rate of Rs. 20 per head. Then we had to follow a defined path. The moment we entered Kotilingeshwara, we were overwhelmed by seeing so many Shiva Lingas.
Shiva Lingas near the Entrance
There are 3 Temples on entering Kotilingeshwara. We went through them.
The Pujari in one of the temples told us that this complex had around 90 Lakhs Shiva Lingas. The target was create 1 crore Shiva Lingas. Thus, the name of this Temple was Kotilingeshwara.
After going through the 3 temples, we came to another part of Kotilingeshwara. Here there are some small temples.
Then there is open field where there are lakhs of Shiva Lingas. There is huge Shiva Linga in the center.
There is huge Nandi in this complex and also 3 slightly smaller Shiva Lingas.
We bought the Laddoo prasad. There are 2 varieties – one costs Rs. 50 each and another one costs Rs. 20 each.
After spending about 30 minutes here, we walked towards the exit. At the exit, there is a Ganesh Idol.
We must have come out of the Temple complex at around 2:15 PM. There are Rest Rooms near the Parking Area. However, these are not very clean.
We started back for Bangalore at around 3:00 PM. We drove back pretty fast. We were near Nagawara at around 5:00 PM. As we not had lunch, we stopped at Cafe Coffee Day opposite the Veterinary College. We had something to eat. We were back inside our house at around 6:00 PM.