Kote Shree Jalakanteshwara Swamy temple is a very famous and the oldest among all the Shiva Temples in Karnataka state. This eminent Hindu Pilgrimage has a beautiful Shivlinga installed inside the sanctorum. The speciality about the temple is that the statue of Goddess Parvati is placed in such a way that half of the idol is olny visible when seen from the main gate, therefore the temple is known as- Ardhanareeshwara. Inside the main temple, People also worship-Kurma (tortoise), Mathsya (fish) and Sarpa (snake) to get positivity. Another belief followed is worshiping rare idol of Goddess Durga standing on a ball by unmarried girls to get husband of their wishes within 48 days. The temple is situated in a very calm place and has a serene atmosphere around it.
On Mahashivratri, umpteen devotees throng the temple with prayers on their mind and offering on their hands. People come from various places to get Shiva’s Blessings and they observe a holy vibe surrounding in this auspicious occasion. Fairs have been organised and people often fast on the night of Shivratri and sing hymns and praises in the name of Lord Shiva. Large carcades are carried out within the city with people thronging the streets to catch a glance of the venerate idol of Mahadeva.