Koti Lingeshwara Swamy Temple at siddipet is also known as Sri Umaparthiva Kotilingeshwara Swamy Kshetram.
The Siddipet town is famous for the various shrines and temples existing since ancient times. The Koti Lingeshwara Swamy temple is one of the most ancient shrines. The presiding deity in the temple is Lord Shiva. The speciality of the temple is that it has more than a Crore (Koti) Shiva lingams. These Shiva Lingams are known as Parthiva Lingams.
There is a legendary famous among the people regarding the construction of the temple. The temple was built by Sri Sri Madanananda Swamy in the year 1979. Swamiji received a vision instructing him to build a temple with a crore Lingams. Madanananda Swamy started on a search for the appropriate place for the temple with the blessings of Lord Koppole Sangameshwara Swamy. He reached Siddipet and stayed at Sharabeshwaralayam where his disciples built the Parthiva or Earth Lingams for the temple. The residents from Siddipet and neighboring area also came forward to contribute financially in the making of the temple. The temple was then ready in 1979 and Sri Sri Madanananda Swamy performed the Yantra Vigraha Prathista of the Koti Lingeshwara Swamy temple in May 1979. The foundation for a great pilgrimage was thus laid.
The main idol was brought from Varanasi and is placed in the Sanctum, Sanctorum or the Garbhalaya of the temple. The Shiva Panchakshari written manuscripts are buried beneath the main idol at a depth of one foot. Divine symbols of Chandra Rekha, Bhasma Rekhalu, Parvathi and Ganga Devi are also visible on the main Lingam in the temple.
The Sadananada ashram at the premises of the temple provides accommodation facilities to the devotees and the pilgrims. This had been the same ashram where Sri Sri Madananda Swamy had been staying during the construction of the temple.
Rishis, Pandits, Poojaris, Veda Scholars and other great people visit the temple from time to time. They have also contributed financially and infrastructure wise to the construction and development of the temple. Many of them had also volunteering participated in the Alaya Prathista and installation of idols.
There are some stories and legends about the temple since its construction. It is said that a divine cobra with the Shiva lingam mark visible on its hood arrived on the bags containing the Parthiva Lingams. It is said that the snake kept its hood raised for nearly four hours in a way to shower blessing from Nag Devta on the devotees who visited the temple.
There are 12 subsidiary temples in the premises. The main hall or mandapam is an enormous structure supported by 36 pillars. There are 148 other idols in the temple along with the Shiva Lingams. The temple has other facilities as well. The Sacrificial Hall, a library, a Kalyan Mandapam and a Gali Gopuram are other structures in the temple premises. The sacrificial hall attracts the visitors. The Homams or Yagnas are performed on a daily basis here. It is a magnificent construction with 16 pillars.
There are 12 Subshrines in this temple compound. The center hall is supported with 36 pillers. Apart from Shiva lingams there are nearly 148 other idols. There are sacrificial hall, a library, a Kalyana Mandapam and a Gali Gopuram. Every day homams or Yagnas are performed in the sacrificial hall.
Some of the other idols present in the temple are:
Sri Raja Rajeshwari Devi
Sri Gayathri Devi
Sri Dathathreya Swamy
Sri Thulasi Matha Kamadenuvu, Gomatha
Sri Murali Krishna Alayam
Sri Anjaneya Swami
Sri Santhoshi Matha
Sri Subramanyeshwara Swamy
Sri Uma Maheshwara Sahitha Ashtothara Shatalingeshwara Alayam
(Temple of 100 lingams)
Sri Sai Baba
Sri Madananda Swami
Sri Shiva Sthupam
Distance to Koti Lingeshwara Swamy Temple:
From Hyderabad 107 Kms
From Hanamkonda 86 Kms
From Karimnagar 62 Kms
How to Reach:
Siddipet is connected to all the major cities in the State through a well connected Road Network system. It can be easily reached by bus or train. The nearest station is Wadiaram which is located at a distance of 44 km. Private taxis can also be hired from Hyderabad to travel a distance of 89 kms by road to reach Siddipet in two hours.
Where to stay:
Pilgrims can spend the night at the Sadananda Ashram which provides basic facilities. Else they also have the options of availing other hotels and lodges available in Siddipet at reasonable prices.
Koti Lingeshwara Temple