Know About Murudeshwar Temple: Location, Timings, And Much More

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Name: Murudeshwar Temple

Location: Karnataka, India

Lord Shiva statue at Murudeshwara Temple
Image Courtesy: Vivek Shrivastava

Hinduism is an Indian religion or dharma that adheres to a religious and global order. With about 1.2 billion adherents, or 15-16 percent of the worldwide population, known as Hindus, it is the world’s third-largest religion. A Hindu temple, often known as a mandir in Indian languages, is a place of worship for Hindus. It is a building built to unite humans and gods via worship, sacrifice, and dedication. A Hindu temple’s symbolism and structure are based on Vedic traditions, employing circles and squares. In Hinduism, we come to know about three Supreme Gods, namely, Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwar ( Lord Shiva).

In this blog, we have tried to provide information about one such wonderful temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Murudeshwar Temple of Karnataka.

About Murudeshwar temple

Lord Shiva the tallest statue at Murudeswar Temple
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Murudeshwar Temple is located in Bhatkal Taluk of Uttar Kannada district of Karnataka. Situated on Kanduka Hill, the temple is surrounded by the Arabian Sea on three sides. The statue of Lord Shiva is a magnificent one and is the second largest statue of Lord Shiva in the world which is 123 feet tall. 

The deity present in the temple is known by the name Sri Mridesa Linga which is believed to be a part of the Atma Linga. There is an outstanding structure that is 249 feet tall just at the entrance of the temple known as the ‘gopura’ from the top of which the best view of the Shiva statue and the surrounding Arabian Sea from the hilltop can be seen.

History of Murudeshwar Temple

The history of the temple is believed to date back to the time of Ramayana. It is believed that Ravana, the king of Lanka worshipped Lord Shiva to attain invincibility and immorality. When Lord Shiva appeared before Ravana and asked him to demand whatever he wanted, Ravana asked for the Atma Lingam, which was the soul of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva gave Ravana the Atma Lingam but said that he should not keep it down and carry it on his shoulder till he reached Lanka. When the other Lords realized that the power of the Lingam Ravana could cause havoc on earth, Rishi Narada approached Lord Ganesha for help. Ganesha, then disguised as a Brahmin boy, went to Ravana. 

It was just then when Lord Vishnu asked the Sun to reduce its rays so that Ravana would think it was getting dark, and so he had to put the Lingam down so that he could perform his evening prayers and rituals. Ravana asked the Brahmin boy to hold the Lingam and not to put it down on the ground when he performed his evening rituals. But when Ravana returned, he saw that the Lingam was placed on the ground. Furious with this, Ravana tried to destroy the Atma Lingam and threw different parts of the Lingam at different places. It is believed that the cloth which was covering the Lingam fell at Murudeshwar. That is the place where the temple was built by Rani Channabharadevi from 1609 to 1640AD.

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Murudeshwar Temple Timings

The temple opens at 6 AM and closes at 8.30 PM. There is a lunchtime from 1 PM to 3 PM in the afternoon.  There are three pujas that take place, one in the morning at 6.30 AM, one in the afternoon at 12.15 PM, and the night puja takes place from 7.15 to 8.15 PM.

Murudeshwar Temple Photos

Murudeshwar Temple Distance from Major Cities

If we talk about different major cities near to Murudeshwar Temple, then they are Mangalore, Chennai and Bangalore. Lets find out below the distance of the temple from these mentioned cities:

Murudeshwar Temple Distance from Mangalore

The temple is situated 165 KM away from Mangalore, which is also its nearest airport. In contrast, Murudeshwara rail station is located just 2km away from the main temple.

Murudeshwar Temple Distance from Chennai

From Chennai, the temple is 855km away.

Murudeshwar Temple Distance from Bangalore

The temple is located 455 KM away from Bangalore city.

Murudeshwar Temple Height comparison with the Qutub Minar

The Qutub Minar of Delhi is 238 feet tall, whereas the Gopura of the temple is 249 feet tall and the statue of Lord Shiva is 123 feet tall.

Murdeshwar temple gopuram
Nilesh Kodikal

Murudeshwara Temple Contact Number

If you want to reach out to authorities at Murudeshwar Temple, then you can call at: 083852 68524

Hotels and rooms near Murudeshwar Temple

There is a wide range of hotels and rooms to stay near Murudeshwar Temple such as RNS Golf Resort, Aryan Guest house, Aryan Residency, Shree Vinayaka Residency, Prakruthi Yatri Nivas, etc. The booking starts from a price of 810 per night for a person and goes all the way up to 4760 with an average price of 1500.

Thus we see how the Murudeshwara temple is a rich showcase of Indian religious culture and history, and it is a place where one must pay a visit to get a vivid knowledge of the traditions and customs of the devotees of Lord Shiva of the area. It is best to visit during the Maha Shivratri, which is the most popular festival of the temple.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.   Who built the Murudeshwar Temple?

It was built by Rani Channabhardevi from 1609 to 1640AD.

2.   Where is Murudeshwar Temple located?

It is located in Bhatkal Taluk of Uttar Kannada District of Karnataka.

3.   How to reach Murudeshwar Temple?

One can reach the temple by train from Mumbai or Mangalore at Murudeshwara station, which is only 2 km away from the temple.

4.   What is special about Murudeshwar Temple?

It has a Gopura at the entrance, which is 249 feet tall and is the second largest Gopura in India after Siringapattam. Also, the statue of Lord Shiva is the second highest statue of Lord Shiva in India.

5.   Is there any entry fees in the Murudeshwar Temple?

There are no ticket charges applicable to enter the temple.

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