Friday, September 8, 2017

Murudeshwar

Date: 26th Aug 2017

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi, Muthusamy, Vijayalakshmi and Harsh

Fee: None for temple. Rs 10 - Adults, Rs 5 - Kids for Rajagopuram Lift.

Timing: 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 8:15 PM.

Distance: 530 Kms one way.

Parking: Available.

Food: Available.

Photography: Allowed.

Other attractions nearby: Mirjan Fort, Om beach Gokarna.

At 121ft the Shiva statue in murudeshwar is the tallest Shiva statue in India, Second tallest Shiva statue in the world, 6th tallest statue in India. The rajagopuram measuring 237.5ft is the second tallest gopuram in the world. The place has a very interesting story. Ravana a staunch devotee of Lord Shiva was carrying the athma linga to Lanka. The linga cannot be kept down. All the gods wanted to stop Ravana from taking the linga. Here there are couple of version one is Lord Vishnu covered the sun to make it look like evening. Ravana had to perform pooja so he asks Lord Ganesha who has disguised as a Bhraman to keep the linga. Second version says Ravana wanted to answer natures call so he approached the Bhramhan. Ganesha agrees on the condition if Ravana doesn't come back after calling three times then he will keep it down. Ravana did not return after the third call and Ganesha kept the linga down. Furious Ravana tries to lift the linga forcefully but ends up breaking few pieces.


It is believed the cloth covering the linga fell in the present day Murudeshwar.

Lift in Rajagopuram takes to the top floor from where one can get birds eye view of the statue and the beach.

The cave museum under the Shiva statue depicts the story of the atma-linga. 90 odd steps leads to the statue outside the temple complex.

The temple vimana.

The idol of Ravana giving the linga to the Bhraman.

The chariot with Lord Krishna giving geetha upadesham to Arjuna.

Under lights.

We were here.

The place is one of the major tourist attraction in coastal Karnataka. A small water park is also being built to attract more tourist.

Aditional information:
Tallest statue in world: Vairocana Buddha statue in China - 420ft
Tallest Shiva statue in world: Kailashnath Mahadev Statue - Nepal - 144ft
Tallest Gopuram in World: Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Trichy, India - 239.5ft

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