Murudeshwar is a well known pilgrimage and beach destination located in the Bhatkal Taluk of Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka. At a distance of 162 km from Mangalore, 188 km from Shimoga, 113 km from Karwar, 76 km from Gokarna, 219 km from Hubli, 214 km from Panjim & 497 km from Bangalore. Murudeshwar is a picturesque place situated between Honnavar and Bhatkal. Murudeshwara is famous abode of Lord Shiva and a popular pilgrimage centre in South India. The covering cloth of the lingam fell at Kanduka Giri and the Murudeshwar temple was built at the site.
It is famous for the world's second tallest Shiva statue (123 ft) & tallest temple tower (249 ft) of Murudeshwar Temple. According to the legend, Ravana brought the Atma Lingam from Mount Kailash. Lord Ganesha using his trick fooled Ravana on his way to Lanka and put down the Linga on the ground at Gokarna. Angered by this, Ravana tried to uproot and destroy the Linga. The broken pieces of the lingam were cast away.But his attack force only managed to scatter the Linga to different areas, which explicitly gave rise to many a sacred spot throughout the country, one of them being ‘Murudeshwar.’
How To Reach:
Murudeshwara Temple is at a distance of 162 km from
Mangalore, 188 km from Shimoga, 113 km from Karwar, 76 km from Gokarna, 219 km
from Hubli, 214 km from Panjim & 497 km from Bangalore. The temple is well-connected through main city via all means of
transport. Bus services are quite prominent.