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12 Fascinating Things About Murudeshwar You May Not Know

By Akshatha Vinayak

We recognise Murudeshwar temple through its beautiful Shiva Statue. The place is also a famous pilgrimage centre for Hindus. What we should know is the story behind the formation of the temple. Here are some fascinating things that'll make you amazed about Murudeshwar.

The Gigantic Shiva

The Gigantic Shiva

The breathtaking effigy of Shiva in Murudeshwar is a popular one. This figure is said to be the second tallest Shiva statue in world after Kailashnath Mahadev Statue in Nepal.

Photo courtesy: Vinodtiwari2608

The Alluring Raja Gopura

The Alluring Raja Gopura

The Raja Gopura means the 'King of Towers', this temple tower in Murudeshwara lives upto its name. The Raja Gopura has 20 floors and people can also reach the top of the tower by lift.

Photo courtesy: Prashant Sahu

Kanduka Hill: A Peninsula

Kanduka Hill: A Peninsula

The Murudeshwar temple is located in Kanduka hill which is surrounded by the Arabian Sea on 3 sides. Thus, providing the great vistas of the sea.

Photo courtesy: Harikuttan333

Looking Back to Ramayana

Looking Back to Ramayana

The formation of the Murudeshwara temple is related to the times of the Hindu epic Ramayana.

Photo courtesy: Макс Вальтер

Ravana and Atma-Linga

Ravana and Atma-Linga

The legend says, Ravana had acquired Atma-Linga from Lord Shiva on a condition that he should not keep it on the ground before reaching Lanka. Devatas didn't want Ravana to gain immoratality and become powerful. So they deviced a plan.

Photo courtesy: Макс Вальтер

Ganesha's Trick

Ganesha's Trick

Gods (devatas) seek help from Lord Ganesh. He disguised in the form of a boy tricks Ravana to give him the Atma-Linga. While Ravana is doing his prayers, Ganesha places the Linga in Gokarna. Thus, the Linga gets fixed on the ground.

Photo courtesy: Макс Вальтер

Ravana's Anger

Ravana's Anger

In his anger Ravana tries to take the Linga instead he breaks the Linga. In the process the pieces of Linga gets scattered around Gokarna. The main Atma-Linga is the Mahabaleshwara temple (Gokarna), Sajjeshwar, Dhareshwar, Gunavanteshwar and the cloth covering the Atma-Linga falls in Murudeshwar.

Photo courtesy: RNM

The Statue of Shiva Sparkles

The Statue of Shiva Sparkles

The figure of Shiva took 2 years to construct. It is built in such a way that the sunrays fall directly on it and make it look shiny all the time.

Photo courtesy: Thamarai Krishnamoorthi

The Modern Architecture

The Modern Architecture

The Murudeshwar Temple is one of the popular temples in Karnataka. It has a blend of modern and traditional architecture. The statue was built by Kashinath and financed by a business man named R.N.Shetty.

Photo Courtesy: Rojypala

 Mrideshawara Temple

Mrideshawara Temple

There is a temple of Mridheshwara at the base of the statue.

Photo courtesy: Макс Вальтер

Sri Mridesha Linga

Sri Mridesha Linga

The original piece of Atma-Linga is known as Mridesha Linga. Now it is renamed as Murudeshwara.

Photo courtesy: Rojypala

Emerging Scuba Diving Destination

Emerging Scuba Diving Destination

The Nethrani Island also called Pigeon Island near Murudeshwara is known for scuba diving. It is said to be one of the best scuba diving destinations in India.

Photo courtesy: Sankara Subramanian

The beautiful temple complex is located on Kanduka Hill (Kanduka Giri) in Bhatkal. The tall Raja Gopura (tower) and the Shiva Idol with the backdrop of the Arabian Sea is amazing to visit.

Murudeshwara is one of the PanchaLingam temples in the circuit of Gokarna. It surely is one of the famous shiva temples in India.

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