The Shri Guru Kottureshwara temple, dedicated to Saint Kottureshwara, is a renowned temple situated in the Bellary district in Karnataka. Every year people throng this temple to get blessings. This is one of the ancient temples in South India and lies 19 kms away from Kudligi, a quaint village in Karnataka. The temple of Shri Guru Kottureshwara has four shrines (Muttas) which can be classified as per the below details: Darbar Mutta or Doda Mutta - The big shrine or the king's assembly. In this shrine, Lord Kottureshwara solved the problems of the people. Murkal Mutta - Lord Nandi first descended and settled down in this shrine or Mutta. Gachina Mutta - Lord Kottureshwara meditated in this shrine and reached Lord Shiva. Thotal Mutta - The Lord blessed his devotee in this Mutta, who immediately had a child. In the outskirts of Kottur there is a temple of Kotturamma or Goddess Parvati. She is neither the consort nor is related to Lord Kottureshwara. This temple is maintained by the Karnam family in Kottur.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- For fulfilment of wishes
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.