India is majorly known for its culture and ancient history. And Murudeshwar is the best combination of these both. This place has a lot of greenery. Each and every part of this place will amuse you and will transfer you to the era when everything was ruled by kings.
The massive fort, godly temples, Soulful statue of Shiva, Arabian sea, refreshing air, everything will surely make you visit this place again. Every place has its own attraction, but this place is a combo package of everything.
Ancient History behind Murudeshwar-
It traces back to the era of Ramayana. It is said that the Hindu gods attained immortality by worshipping Linga named Atma Linga. Ravana too wanted to attain this immortality by obtaining it, but as it belonged to Lord Shiva, he started to worship Lord Shiva with whole devotion.
Pleased by his worshipping Lord Shiva appeared before him and asked him what he wanted. On this Ravana told him that he wanted to have the Atma Linga. Lord Shiva agreed for it and presented him the Atma Linga. on one condition that it should not be placed on the ground until he reaches the Lanka, as if the Linga was placed over the ground it was impossible to move it.
Ravana agreed to what Mahadeva said and started his journey towards Lanka. Lord Vishnu, when came to know about this, got panicked as if the Ravana obtained the immortality then it would cause great havoc on earth. And to stop this, he went to seek help from Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha then devised a plan.
Ganesha’s Trick –
When Ravana was near Gokarna, Shri Mahavishnu blotted out the sun to give the appearance of dusk. So as it would appear that it is evening time. Meanwhile, Lord Ganesha went in front of Ravana disguised into a Brahmin boy. As Ravana never missed to do evening prayer rituals. Now it was a kind of difficult for him to do evening prayer with the Atma Linga in his hands.
So he asked the Brahmin boy to help him. He asked him to hold the Atma Linga in his hands until he completes his evening prayer. On this, the Brahmin boy said to him that he would call Ravana for thrice. and if Ravana will not come whenever he will call him. Then he would place the Atma Linga on the ground.
Ravana returned from prayer and saw that the Brahmin boy has already placed the Atma Linga on the ground and now the time which appeared to be the evening was daylight again because the sun has removed his illusion. Ravana now came to know that he was tricked by time and got furious.
Ravana’s Anger –
He exerted force on Linga to move it, to take it to Lanka, but due to the force exerted by him, the pieces of Linga shattered everywhere. One such piece of Linga is said to be fallen in the present-day of Surathkhal where the Sadashiv temple has been built around this piece of Linga.
Then he decided to destroy the case by covering it, which fell down in Sajjeshwar. Then the lid destroyed by him fell in Guneshwar and Dhareshwar. Finally, he threw the cloth covering Linga to Mrideshwar in Kanduka hill.
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Major attractions –
The enormous statue of Lord Shiva
In India and some other countries also Shiva is worshipped a lot. This place has the world’s 2nd highest statue of Lord Shiva. The first highest statue of Lord Shiva is located in Nepal, which is Kailashnath Mahadev. It took 2 years for the complete construction of this statue, which is constructed in such a way that with each Sunray it glitters and sparkles, making the statue more captive. Moreover, the glance of the lord shiva can actually calm your mind.
Mrideshawara temple –
At the base of the statue, there is Mrideshawara temple.
Murudeshwar beach –
This is the most underrated beach ever but is the best option if you Wanna have an experience of underwater. You will come across with some of the common fish varieties of Arabian sea and other ones like Cobia, Stonefish, Blacktip Shark, Great Barracuda, Turtles, Stingrays, Napoleon Wrasses. You can enjoy watersports like Parasailing, Boating, Snorkeling, etc.
Murudeshwar fort –
This has its past connected right to the era of Vijayanagara Kings. It is said this beautiful fort was renovated by none other than Tipu Sultan, the great ruler of Mysore.
Sri Mridesha Linga –
The name Murudeshawara is actually originated from this word Mridesha. Mridesha is one of the Atma – Linga.
Finest architecture ever –
The Murudeshwar temple is a delightful blend of modern and traditional architecture. This temple is one of the popular temples of Karnataka. This temple was built by Kashinath and financial assistance was given by the businessmen and Philanthropist Dr.R. N Shetty. It is said that it took over 2 crores rupees to construct this marvelous temple.
Hollow Shiva linga-
Linga represents the masculinity and masculine forces in creation. Interestingly, Lingas are said to be made entirely of rock, but the one over here is the hollow one. It denotes that the soul has left the realms of men. This makes it an Atma Linga.
Where is Murudeshwar Located? –
It is located in Bhatkal taluka of Uttar Kannada district of Karnataka, India. It is barely 13 km away from Bhatkal taluka headquarters.
Nearest cities – Udupi 100 Km, Mangalore 155 Km, Panaji 200 Km, Hubli 200Km
How to reach Murudeshwar –
By Air – Mangalore International Airport is the nearest one down from south, i.e. 153 km. It is well connected to major cities from where you can start your journey to Murudeshwar. As taxis are available outside the airport, your journey will be hassle-free.
By Road – There are various private travel agencies for which you can opt for. Otherwise, there are local buses too, from major cities. So basically, from any of the major cities, you can start your journey for this fantastic place.
By Rail – The Murudeshwar Railway Station is connected majorly to Mangalore and Mumbai. As it is 2 km to the east of the town, it can easily be reached by taxi or rickshaw.
Other status –
This place has not only the statue of Lord Shiva but also has many other statues too! There is a statue which depicts the moment of Mahabharata where Arjun attained Geetopadesham from Lord Krishna. Then again, there is a statue of Ravan being deceived by Lord Ganesha in disguise.
Kaduk hill – A Peninsula
Actually, if you will see, the temple is surrounded by the Arabian sea from three sides. This temple is located on Kanduk hill.
The 249 ft gopuram of Murudeshwar. Moreover, this gopuram is 20 storied. Gopuram means tower. You can have access to this gopuram. So you can actually go to the top of this gopuram via a lift.
Scuba Diving –
The island named Netrani also known as Pigeon Island is also famous for Scuba diving too. This Pigeon Island is near to the Murudeshwar temple. So if you are a big lover of scuba diving, then surely this place is for you! So what are you waiting for? Just go and have fun!