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The Murudeshwar Temple : located in Uttara Kannada District of Karnataka – Part 1

The Murudeshwar Temple is located in Uttara Kannada District of Karnataka.

Overview of The Murudeshwar Temple

• It presently possesses 249-feet Raja Gopura.
• The Murudeswar temple complex is well known for the tallest idol of Lord Shiva in the world.
• This idol is about 123 feet tall.
• The Raj gopuram was set by Mr. RN Shetty an entrepreneur and philanthropist.
• It was opened on April 12, 2008.
• This is known as the tallest Hindu Temple Gopuram in the World.
• The Rajagopuram of Murudeswar Temple has 21 floors.
• This includes the ground floor.
• The base measures 105 feet in length and 51 feet breadth.
• The gopura also possess a lift.
• Visitors can go to the top and have an aerial view of the Arabian Sea and also the statue of Lord Shiva.
• There are life-size statues of two elephants which are at the base of the gopura.

World’s tallest Siva Idol

• A breathtaking view can be seen when moving towards the little headland.
• This headland divides the beach into north and south.
• There is a 37m (or 123 feet) Lord Shiva idol that sits enthroned on a little green hill.
• It is surrounded by smaller statues which illustrate moments of the Hindu mythology.
• Murudeshwara is a town in the Bhatkal Taluk of Uttara Kannada district present in the state of Karnataka, India.
• “Murudeshwara” is another name of the Hindu god Shiva.
• The idol is the world’s second-tallest Shiva statue.
• Murudeshwara beach town lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea.
• This is very popular for the Murudeshwara Temple.
• The nearest airport to Murudeshwara is Mangalore International Airport.
• This airport is at distance of 160 kilometre. Murudeshwara has railway station on Konkan railway route.

Major Attractions

• A HDR image of 20-storied Gopura at Murudeshwara temple.
• Two life-size elephants in concrete stand guard at the steps leading to it.

Murudeshwara Temple and Raja Gopura
• This temple is built on the Kanduka Hill.
• This hill is surrounded on three sides by the waters of the Arabian Sea.
• It is dedicated to the Lord Shiva.
• It is a 20-storied Gopura which is constructed at the temple.
• Two life-size elephants in concrete stand guard at the steps leading to it.
• The entire temple and temple complex, including the 237.5-feet-tall Raja Gopura, is one among the tallest.
• The temple is entirely modernized with exception of the sanctum sanctorum.
• This is still dark and retains its composure.
• The main deity is Sri Mridesa Linga, also known as Murudeswara.
• The linga is believed to be a piece of the original Atma Linga.
• It is about two feet below ground level.
• The devotees performing special sevas like Abhisheka, Rudrabhisheka, Rathotsava etc. can view the deity by standing before.
• The Lingam is illuminated by oil lamps held close by the priests.
• The Lingam is essentially a rough rock inside a hollowed spot in the ground.
• Entry into the sanctum is banned for all devotees.

Statue of Lord Shiva
• A huge towering statue of Lord Shiva which is visible from great distances is present in the temple complex.
• The tallest Lord Shiva statue is in Nepal.
• The statue took about two years to build.
• The statue was built by Shivamogga’s Kashinath and several other sculptors.
• It was financed by businessman and philanthropist R.N. Shetty.
• It was constructed at a cost of approximately 50 million Rs.
• The idol is designed such that it gets the sunlight directly and thus appears sparkling.
• Originally, the statue had four arms and was adorned in gold paint.
• Large wind gusts blew one arm off.
• Rain has dissolved the paint.

Best time to visit / climate

• Climate of Karnataka varies because of the different land features.
• It will be hot and humid in the coastal regions.
• The best time to visit Murudeshwara is from November to February.

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How to get there?

• Murudeshwara is located at a distance of 165 km from Mangalore, on NH 17.
• This town is connected to other destinations by some trains on the Mumbai – Mangalore route.
• Bajpe Airport of Mangalore is the nearest airport to Murudeshwara.
• To reach Murudeshwara, travellers can also travel by road.
• The destination is connected to other cities in Karnataka and neighbouring states.

By Bus
• There are sleeper non AC buses that are available from Bangalore.
• They take just over 12 hours to reach.
• It costs vary from 600-750 depending on the operator and the seating chosen.

By Train
• Murudeshwara station lies on the Konkan Railway.
• Some trains from Mumbai and Mangalore stop here.
• There is one direct train from Bangalore.
• Train No. 16517, Karwar Express
• It starts at 20:30 hrs from Yeshwantpur, which is in the outskirts of Bangalore, to Karwar reaching Murdeshwar at 12noon.

By Air
• Nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport which is 165 km away.
• Hubli and Panaji airports are other ones.

How to travel to Karnataka?

1. By Air
• Karnataka has seven airports in Bangalore, Mysore, Hampi, Mangalore, Hubli, Belgaum, and Bijapur.
• These all airports are well connected to the other cities of India and the world.
• The Bengaluru International Airport in Bangalore and the Mangalore International Airport are the two airports that offer international flights to and from Karnataka.

2. Travel to Karnataka by Rail
• All major cities of Karnataka are well linked to other parts of the country by a wide rail network.
• Bangalore railway station is the most important railway terminal.
• Karnataka also has an intrastate rail network, which connects cities within the state.

3. Travel to Karnataka by Road
• An excellent network of roads connects cities internally.
• Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) connects the state to other major cities and states.
• A number of national highways link Karnataka with Maharashtra, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

To Get around
By Bus
• Transportation is made easy by the numerous services available from the KSRTC.
• They ply not only intra-state buses, but also inter-state buses to neighboring states.
• KSRTC reservation counters are aplenty all over the state, and tickets can also be booked online. Services available:
– Airavath:Semi-sleeper Volvo a/c buses
– Club Class Airavath: Volvo Multi-Axle
– Ambari: Corona AC sleeper class
– Mayura and Meghadoot:Comfortable A/C buses
– Rajahamsa:Non-A/C semi sleeper Deluxe buses

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Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

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Blogs / Sites about The Murudeshwar Temple

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Images and photos about The Murudeshwar Temple

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Videos of The Murudeshwar Temple

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