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Shri Murudeshwara Temple


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This temple is situated on the beach side in Karnataka state.

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Shri Murudeshwara Temple

  1. 1. Shri Murudeshwara TempleThe Beach Temple, Murudeshwar is located in the Bhatkal Taluk ofUttara Kannada district in the state of Karnataka. Built on a rocknear the seashore, the temple is surrounded by the Arabian sea onall three sides. Around 165 km from Mangalore on the NationalHighway, it is situated between Honnavara and Bhatkal.The main attraction of the temple is a huge towering statue ofLord Shiva, visible from great distances. Murudeshwara is anothername of Lord Shiva. There is an interesting story of how the lingacame to be established at Murudeshwar. The Lanka king Ravanawanted to attain immortality by obtaining the Atma Linga. Sincethe Atma Linga belonged to Lord Shiva, Ravana worshipped Shiva.Pleased by his prayers, Lord Shiva appeared and granted his wishwith a condition that never let the Ling touch the ground. Fearingthe destruction, Lord Ganesha using his trick, fooled Ravana on hisway to Lanka and put down the Linga on the ground.Murudeshwar was the place where he kept the Linga down.
  2. 2. General Information• Murudeshwar Temple or Murudeshwara Shiva Temple is famous Lord Shiva temple, located in the beach town of Murudeshwar, 16 km from Bhatkal in Uttara Kannada District, Karnataka. Murudeswara or Murudeshwar means Shiva or Eeshwara and the statue of Lord Shiva here is the Worlds tallest Shiva Statue, measuring 123 feet (37 m) in height. The statue of Lord Siva is constructed so that it directly gets sun light and thus appears sparkling. Located on the coast of the Arabian Sea, the town of Murudeshwara is also a beautiful picnic spot bounded by the hills of Western Ghats and situated between Honnavara and Bhatkal. Maha Shivaratri is the major festival celebrated at Murudeshwar Temple.
  3. 3. Travel Guide• By road: The Beach Temple of Murudeshwar is about 165 km from Mangalore on the National Highway. Murudeshwara is 1 km detour from the National Highway NH-17 between the towns of Honnavar and Bhatkal. Murudeshwara or Murudeshwar is 500 km from Bangalore on the Hassan - Mangalore - Udupi - Kundapur route and 470 km from Bangalore on the Shimoga - Kollur route. Bhatkal is about 16 km from Murudeshwar.• Railway Station: Murudeshwar Railway Station or Murudeshwara Railway Station on the Konkan Railway is the nearest railhead. Netravati Express, Matsyagandha Express, and Gandhidham Nagercoil Express passes through Murudeshwar Railway Station. From Bangalore there are no direct trains to Murudeshwar. Bhatkal Railway Station (21 km) and Honnavar Railway Station (36 km) are other two major railway stations close to Murudeshwar.• Airport: Mangalore International Airport is the nearest airport around 165 km from Murudeshwar. Hubli Airport and Goa Airport (220 km) (19 miles from Panaji) are other alternative airports.