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Murudeshwar Temple, Karnataka

Murudeshwar Temple is located in Karnataka, and is built on the Kanduka Hill which is surrounded by the Arabian Sea on all the three sides.

The entrance of the temple is called the 'gopura', and it stands at 123 feet, and visitors can also witness the breathtaking view of the Lord Shiva statue from the top of the gopura.


One the most magnificent feature of this temple is that the entire surface of this temple is covered in the most detailed carvings. At the same time, the compound of the temple has recently been modernised, except the sanctum sanctorum, which still remains in its original form.

Interestingly, the main deity of worship in the temple is the Sri Mridesa Linga, which is believed to be a part of the original Atma Linga.

The story behind this temple is quite interesting. According to storytellers, the Atma Linga or the Soul of Lord Shiva was the key to invincibility and immortality.

Once, Demon King Ravana decided upon acquiring the Soul of Lord Shiva for which he devoutly prayed. Pleased by his devotion, Lord Shiva granted him the Atma Linga, but on the condition that it must not be placed on the ground before he reaches back to his home, Lanka. However, Lord Ganesh and Lord Vishnu tricked him into putting the Atma Linga on the ground, post which it got attached and became immovable. Seeing this, Demon King Ravana became angry and tried to destroy the Atma Linga, but the force of his attack only managed to scatter the Atma Linga to different places, which gave rise to many a sacred spot throughout the country, one of them being Murudeshwar.

So, if you're planning to getaway this winter season, then you must choose this place as there is no difficulty in reaching here, too. Easiest way to reach the Murudeshwar Temple is by air, and the nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport.

It must be noted that strict dress code is followed, and so men visitors are required to wear only dhotis, and women visitors are required to wear only saree or churidaar with dupatta.


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