Murudeshwar, a town in Bhatkal Taluk of Uttara Kannada district, Karnataka State, India, is located 13 km from the taluka headquarters of Bhatkal and is famous for the world’s second-tallest Shiva statue. It lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea and is a serene religious place famous for the Murudeshwar Temple.
The first and foremost tourist attraction in Murudeshwar is the Murudeshwar temple besides clean beaches. The temple is a great architectural wonder and attracts devotees of Lord Shiva. It originated during the Vijayanagara kings and the name Murudeshwar originated from the Ramayana era. It is one of the five temples known as Pancha Kshetras (five holy destinations).
Flanked by the shores of Karnataka and surrounded by the Arabian sea from three sides, Murudeshwar temple is a contemporary work of architecture, and the main entrance of the temple which is also known as “Raja Gopuram” stands at around 237ft. Guarded by two elephant statues, the Gopuram is another wonder of architectural wonder.
A huge idol of Lord Shiva is another glorious structure in the temple premises and is the second-largest statue of Shiva in the world measuring 123 ft in height.
The entire temple detailed intricate carvings showing Lord Shiva teachings the Geeta to Arjuna and Ravana handing over Atma Lingan to Lord Ganesha. A small temple devoted especially to Sri Rameshwara is also located at the backyard of the temple. Visitors can also have a look at the shrine of Shaneeshwara which is close to the idol of Shiva.
Murudeshwar Temple witnesses a massive crowd during Maha Shivaratri as thousands of devotees across the world pay a visit to this Temple to take part in religious fervor and celebrations…
Though Murudeshwar temple can be visited throughout the year, the best time of the year is from October to May. During summers, excess heat in this part of India makes it difficult to explore the areas around Murudeshwar Temple.
Places to Visit
This heart-shaped island, which is 19 km from Murudeshwar Temple, is one of the best places in India for scuba diving and provides a great view of the sunrise and sunset. It has numerous varieties of triggerfish, butterflyfish, and eels.
A beach with less crowd, it is a long stretch near the Murudeshwar temple with a clean, deep blue sea. Sandwiched between the sea and a river, it is a great place for water sports like scuba diving and kayaking.
Also known as Mirjan Fort, dating back to Vijaynagara Dynasty, this fort is said to be renovated by Tipu Sultan later on. It showcases the glorious past of India through its beautiful sculptures and architecture.
Statue Park: This lush green place is ideal for tired visitors to spend some quality time and enjoy peace and tranquility along with watching a man-made waterfall.
Murudeshwar is accessible by road from Gokarna by car, taxi, or public or private bus and it takes about an hour and a half to reach.
Murudeshwar has a railway station on the Mangaluru-Mumbai Konkan railway route and can also be reached by railway from Gokarna, Bangalore Express, and Matsyagandha express being the most convenient.