Murudeshwar Temple

lord shiva statue godrammyIn a distance of 2 kilometers from Murudeshwar Railway Station, Murudeshwar Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The town was earlier called 'Mrideshwara' and later renamed as Murudeshwar following the construction of the temple. Murudeshwar is the renowned abode of Lord Shiva and also a popular pilgrimage center in South India. It is one of the main areas to visit in Murudeshwar. According to the legend, Ravana attracted the Atma Lingam out of Mount Kailash. Lord Ganesha using his trick tricked Ravana on his way to Lanka and place down the Linga on the floor at Gokarna. The broken pieces of the lingam were throw away. The covering fabric of the lingam dropped at Kanduka Giri and the Murudeshwar temple was built on the site. This temple is situated on a little hill named Kanduka Giri, bounded by the ocean on three sides. It has a 20-storey high Gopura safeguarded by 2 life-size concrete elephants in the steps leading into the temple. The tower is 249 ft tall and is considered the greatest Gopura in the world. The entire temple and temple complex, including the 249 ft tall Raja Gopura were assembled to its current form by businessman and philanthropist Mr.R.N. Shetty. The Murudeswar Temple is entirely modernized, with the exception of the sanctum sanctorum, which still retains its original arrangement. In the sanctum, Lord Shiva graces in the kind of Linga, two feet beneath the ground. The Geetopadesha, Sun chariot along with the sculpture of Lord Ganesh receiving the Atma Linga out of Ravana would be another sculpture built on the Kanduka hill. The 123 feet high Shiva statue is the 2nd biggest Shiva palaces in the worlds and is now a milestone of Murudeshwar. That is a massive fort behind the temple, said to have been renovated by King Tipu Sultan of Mysore. This is an excellent spot to see the sunset.

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