Murudeshwara Temple, Murudeshwara
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Murudeshwara Temple

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    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 6.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Saturday: 6.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Sunday: 6.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Public Holidays: 6.00 AM - 7.00 PM

Murudeshwara Temple is the main attraction in Murudeshwara, which is situated on the top of a hill Kanduka Giri. The temple has a twenty-storied Rajagopura and at the entrance, there are concrete structures of two full sized elephants. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple has a huge statue of Shiva, which is around 123 ft in height. Moreover, the temple also houses a Shivalinga, which forms the central deity. The statue of Shiva was built by Shivamogga's Kashinath and his son Sridhar.

It is believed that to attain immortality and obtain Atma Linga, Ravana worshipped Lord Shiva. His wish was granted with a condition that the Linga should never touch the ground. It was evening and Ravana had to offer prayer to Lord Shiva, which was also his regular practice. So a Brahmin boy while passing by was called upon and was asked to hold the Linga until he finishes his prayers. The boy agreed on condition that if Ravana does not return after being called three times, he would keep the Linga on the ground and go. It was Lord Ganesha guised as a Brahmin boy, who played a prank with Ravana and placed the Linga on the ground at Murudeshwara.

The temple is constructed using granite and depicts South Indian style of architecture. There are numerous sculptures including concrete sculptures of maidens in the complex of temple. Located between Honnavar and Bhatkal, the temple is surrounded by the Arabian Sea on all three sides.  
 

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  • Best Time:  During Sunset
  • Length of visit:  More than 3hrs
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Karan Tiwari

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  • Karan Tiwari
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 14 photos
  • 3 Reviews
  •  11 helpful votes
  •  6107 readers

"A treat to the eye"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted May 8, 2015
Murudeshwar is around 500 odd kilometres from Bangalore. Murudeshwar is another name of the Hindu God Shiva. Buy the ticket (Rs. 10-20) to see the view of Lord Shiva statue from 20 storied Gopuraat. You can explore Boat ride or Jet ski plus. There is an option for Scuba Diving at Netrani Island close by. The view is magnificent. Sunrise is special.
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Raghavendra Bhat

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  • Raghavendra Bhat
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 7 photos
  • 34 Reviews
  •  144 helpful votes
  •  18483 readers

"Wonderful location"

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted Apr 3, 2015
This temple is in a wonderful location surrounded by the sea from 3 sides. You get a 360-degree view of the nature from the temple. The temple itself is of high religious significance with connection to Ramayana and Ravan. There is also a big Siva statue behind the temple which is worth seeing.
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Shobhit Bhatnagar

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  • Shobhit Bhatnagar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review
  •  10 helpful votes
  •  1177 readers

"Awesome place, superb view"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted Mar 23, 2015
The place has a great view with the huge statue of Lord Shiva and the endless Sea in the background. There is a Gopura on which you can climb upto the 18th floor via a lift to get a full view which is just majestic.
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Ram K

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  • Ram K
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review
  •  15 helpful votes
  •  1276 readers

"Peaceful temple with wide surrounding"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Mar 17, 2015
Really good one. Surrounding beach is awesome to spend time. Peaceful temple with wide surrounding. Overall, excellent experience. Its a wonderful place where the serene Arabian Sea is made a place to meditate. Murudeshwara statue is a wonderful piece of work, It is Bhoo Kailash indeed.
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Pranesh

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  • Pranesh
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 99 photos
  • 61 Reviews
  •  260 helpful votes
  •  20158 readers

"Well organised clean temple"

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted Feb 22, 2015
The main shrine is for Shiva, the Shiva linga is hollow, which is the unique feature of the temple denoting it is an atma linga. The gopuram or the main tower is very high. Temple is located on the seashore. Temple is clean and well organized.
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Gopu Nair

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  • Gopu Nair
  • 2 Reviews
  •  20 helpful votes
  •  2350 readers

"Both religious and relaxing place"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted Jan 26, 2015
Overall experience on Murudeshwara was great and we blessed, the beach was excellent nice seafood available. Sea trips and so many activities are there. So I recommend this place as a nice a religious cum relaxing place.
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Anantha lakshmi Ragi

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  • Anantha lakshmi Ragi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 7 Reviews
  •  16 helpful votes
  •  4794 readers

"Beautiful view on top of the temple"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Oct 17, 2014
The temple is awesome and you'll definitely spend more time than you think. There is option to go to the highest floor, for great views. Especially for photographers!!
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Kaushik Kumar

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  • Kaushik Kumar
  • Lives in Mangalore
  • 3 Reviews
  •  23 helpful votes
  •  5233 readers

"Great sightseeing place"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Oct 3, 2014
I like this place very much because it is one of the greatest tourist places in Karnataka and I love the sight view of this place, this place is very clean and tidy.
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Prabhakar Gundlapalli

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  • Prabhakar Gundlapalli
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 photo
  • 4 Reviews
  •  103 helpful votes
  •  13991 readers

"Finest temple architecture with a big idol of Lord Shiva"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted Aug 3, 2014
One of finest temple architecture, along with a big idol of Lord Shiva, visible from the approaching trains. Being on the west coast of India, it is great to watch sunset from the clean beaches of this place. The place being very small, and can be walked across in no time. But don't expect five star hotels in this small village.
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Lavanya

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  • Lavanya
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  • 4 Reviews
  •  29 helpful votes
  •  8160 readers

"Good and peaceful ambience"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Jun 27, 2014
The temple premises were very good and peaceful, everyone should visit this temple. The temple was on beach side and we could have nice view from the top of the temple. One can nicely photograph.
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