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Koti Linga Temple, Kotilinga Chakra tirtha, Kotilingeshwara, Hindu temple in Hampi, Hospet, Karnataka, India.
Chakratirtha in Hampi is considered to be one of the holiest places in the ruined city. It is located on the banks of the River Tungabhadra, close to the Kodanda Rama Temple.
Chakratirtha is regarded as the most sacred bathing spot on the River Tungabhadra. The place holds huge attraction for pilgrims and is thronged by a large number of people on auspicious days.In the local language Chakratirtha means ‘the sacred water body that swirls.’ There are quite a few legends associated with Chakratirtha. According to one of the legends, Chakratirtha is the spot where Lord Shiva gave Lord Vishnu one of his most powerful weapons, the Chakra.
The Chakra is a rapidly spinning disk-like weapon that is used by Vishnu to destroy the enemies. As per another legend, on some special occasions and auspicious days the swirl in the river forms images of Lord Rama, his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana.There is a large flat rock at the riverbank at Chakratirtha that faces the Kodanda Rama temple. This rock has several carvings on it, including Shiva Lingas and foot prints carved in circular patterns. The rock holds a lot of religious significance for the devotees and pilgrims.
Pilgrims are also known to visit the Yantrodhara Anjaneya Temple after taking a dip in the river water at Chakratirtha.Chakratirtha is situated at the valley point of two hills – the Rishyamukha Hill on the northern side and the Matunga Hill on the southern side. At this spot, the water gets narrower and its route changes direction along the valley.
Chakratirtha is not a safe place for swimming due to the river current and the swirl formed by it. Moreover, it is not advisable for tourists or pilgrims to visit Chakratirtha during the peak monsoon season. This is due to the fact that the water level of the Tungabhadra River at Chakratirtha rises during the monsoon and sometimes reaches up to the Kodanda Rama temple courtyard.
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