Travellers visiting Murudeshwar can move ahead to see a huge Statue of Lord Shiva, only if they have time at hand. This statue is considered to be one of the tallest idols, with the height of 123 ft, in the world.
The idol took around two years to be completed and was financed by R.N. Shetty, a businessman and philanthropist and was constructed by Shivamogga's Kashinath along with his son Sridhar. The estimated amount spent on the temple by the financiers is in the tune of Rs. 50 million.
This statue is planned in a way that sunlight directly falls on it and creates a sparkling appearance. Initially, the idol had four hands, which were decorated with gold paint. However, due to the heavy wind gusts, the arm that had the small drum blew off, while the paint also got dissolved due to rains.