Located in the port town of Bhatkal in the state of Karnataka, Murdeshwar is considered to be a major religious site amongst Hindus for its temples and religious places. The history of Murdeshwar dates back to the time of Ramayana and hence, is the reason behind it being deemed as a sacred place.
Murdeshwar is also famous for the world's second largest Shiva statue installed in its coastal region. Apart from temples and sacred places, you can also visit Murdeshwar Beach and enjoy some time sitting idle and gazing at the roaring waves of the sea. So, let's move on and learn about the topmost places to visit in Murdeshwar.
1) Murdeshwar Temple
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Apart from its tranquil beach, Murdeshwar is popular amongst Hindu devotees for the Murdeshwar Temple with the main deity of Sri Mridesa Linga, another form of Lord Shiva. Nestled peacefully on Kanduka Hill, Murdeshwar Temple is surrounded by water on three sides and hence, forms a beautiful environment amidst the roaring of waves on the shore.
It also boasts of its designed walls and decorated ceilings, eventually showcasing the history of the temple. Even though the major part of the temple has been modernised, the sanctum is left untouched to retain the authenticity of the temple. So, why not be in the auspicious and breathtaking surroundings of Murdeshwar?
2) Statue Of Lord Shiva
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The statue of Lord Shiva installed in the compound of the Murdeshwar Temple is definitely a fine work of architecture and its beauty gets enhanced immensely with the perfect backdrop of the ocean. With its peak at 123 ft from the ground, this sky-high statue of Lord Shiva is the second largest Shiva statue in the world and once you are in front of this monumental art, you can certainly measure its greatness. If you are looking forward to savouring some time with your family and friends, then Murdeshwar is definitely your destination this season.
3) Murdeshwar Beach
Stretched on both sides of the Murdeshwar Temple, Murdeshwar Beach is another place where you can enjoy with your family and friends to the fullest. Being one amongst the uncrowded beaches, Murdeshwar Beach also offers its tourists the spectacular views at the time of dawn and dusk, apart from boat rides and jet skis. If you are in this religious town, do not miss to witness the beauty of the sun spreading its wings through the colourful horizon over the coastal region of Murdeshwar.
4) Raja Gopura
Gopura is generally a gatehouse tower at the entrance of any Hindu temple. Raja Gopura is a twenty-storied building at the entrance of Murdeshwar Temple and also has a lift that takes you to the top of the gopura and provides you with a marvellous view of Lord Shiva's statue. So, how about visiting this modern temple with an age-old complex?