Murudeshwar Temple is located Bhatkal taluk of Uttar Kannada district, in the state of Karnataka. Dedicated to Lord Murudeshwar , an incarnation of Lord Shiva , it is located at a distance of 165kms from Mangalore.
The town lies between Honnavara and Bhatkal on the coast of the Arabian Sea. It is also a beautiful picnic spot. Known for its immense scenic beauty and temples the place attracts thousands of devotees and tourists every year.
Murudeshwar is famous for its beautiful Shiva temple. The sea surrounding it makes for an enchanting setting for the temple’s landscape .The temple is of utmost importance to the devout Hindus and brings immense mythological value to the place.
The temple embodies a “Shiva linga “There’s an interesting story on how the ‘linga’ came to be established in Murudeshwar. It is believed to have erupted when Ravana (Demon King of Lanka) flung the cloth covering the Atmalinga at Gokarna while lifting it. Lord Shiva declared the place to be one of his five holy places.
For those with an eye for heritage value two larger than life elephants adorn the entry to the famous temple towering high and proud on the Kanduka Giri hill. They have stood their ground for centuries welcoming the visitors to this beautiful town.
The town is also home to the Tallest Shiva statue in the world. It is a huge towering statue which is about 123 ft tall. The idol is designed in such a way that it gets direct sunlight which makes it sparkle. Due to its size and sheen the statue is viewable from a long distance.