Kunteeswarar Chinnakothur

Kunteeswarar, Chinnakothur

Saivite Temples, Krishnagiri District


Kunteeswarar, facing east


Amman, facing south

Other Deities

Presently moved outside for safety

Kunteeswarar Chinnakothur is a large east-facing temple that has been completely dilapidated. The original entrance gopuram has been in the south and remnants of it is still in the same location. The temple has 2 Prakarams. A large mandapam with 30 pillars is on the southwest side of the outer Prakaram. There are several mandapams including Mukha Mandapam, Maha Mandapam and Ardha Mandapam here at Kunteeswarar Chinnakothur. Stone slabs are found all around and the temple is slowly being restored by an organization called Aanda Arasu Shivalaya Seva Sangha, Bangalore 25 as displayed on a small board on the road. The inner Prakaram has a cloistered mandapam on the sides in the two west-side corners of which are the chambers of Vinayaka and a few other deities. None of them except the main deity and goddess are inside the temple right now and probably moved for safekeeping elsewhere. We came to know that in the ancient days this was the largest temple in the district and used to throng with people, activity, and festivities throughout the year. Sadly it wears a deserted look today.

Holy Water – No information

Holy Tree – No information


Kunteeswarar Chinnakothur is an ancient temple that has completely dilapidated. Some inscriptions around the base of the sanctum sanctorum on the outer side. From them, it has been confirmed that the temple belongs to the 13th Century CE and was built by the Hoysala Kings under whose rule this area was in those days.


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Kunteeswarar Chinnakothur is about 30 kilometers northwest of Krishnagiri. On the highway going to Bangalore from Krishnagiri take a right at about 12 kilometers in Kurubarapalli and drive north for another 18 kilometers to reach Kunteeswarar Chinnakothur.

Stay and Food

None locally. The closest is Krishnagiri.

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