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The Murudeshwar Temple : located in Uttara Kannada District of Karnataka – Part 2

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

Legend of The Murudeshwar Temple

• “Murudeshwara” name dates to the time of Ramayana.
• The Hindu god’s attained immortality by worshipping a divine Lingam called the Atma-Linga, according to the legend.
• The Lanka King Ravana wanted to attain immortality by obtaining the Atma-Linga.
• Ravana worshipped Shiva with devotion.
• Pleased by his prayers, Lord Shiva appeared before him.
• By this time Narada had asked Lord Vishnu to change Ravana’s mind.
• Ravana asks for Goddess Parvati because of their plot.
• Lord Shiva offers her to him.
• On his way back to Lanka Narada tells Ravana that Lord had not given him the real Parvathi.
• Real Parvathi was in Pathala said Narada.
• So Ravana frees his companion and goes to Pathala and marries a king’s daughter.
• This is assuming that she is the real Parvathi.
• He then returns to Lanka, where his mother asks him for the Linga.
• Ravana then comes to know of the tricks played on him by Lord Vishnu.
• He therefore prays to Lord Shiva again and begs for his forgiveness.
• Lord Shiva appears and Ravana requests the AtmaLinga as his boon.
• Lord Shiva agrees to give him the boon with the condition that it should never be placed on the ground.
• If the AtmaLinga was ever placed on the ground, all the powers would return to Lord Shiva again.
• Ravana goes back on his journey to Lanka.
• Sage Narada knowing that Ravana may obtain immortality and create havoc on earth approached the Lord Ganesh.
• He requested him to prevent the AtmaLinga from reaching Lanka.
• Lord Ganesh knew that Ravana was a very devoted person.
• He used to perform prayer ritual in the evening every day without fail.
• He decided to make use of this fact and came up with a plan to get the AtmaLinga back from Ravana.
• As Ravana was nearing Gokarna, Lord Vishnu blotted out the sun to give the appearance of dusk.
• Ravana now had to perform his evening rituals.
• He was worried because with the AtmaLinga in his hands, he would not be able to do his rituals.
• Lord Ganesh appeared in the disguise of a Brahmin boy.
• Ravana requested him to hold the AtmaLinga until he performed his rituals.
• He asked him not to place it on the ground.
• Ganesh struck a deal with him saying that he would call Ravana thrice.
• If Ravana did not return by that time, he would place the AtmaLinga on the ground.
• Before Ravana could return after completing his rituals, Ganesh had already placed the AtmaLinga on the ground, according to the plot.
• Vishnu then removed his illusion and it was daylight again.
• Ravana realizing tried to uproot and destroy it.
• Due to the force exerted by Ravana, some pieces were scattered.
• One such piece from the head of the linga is said to have fallen in present day Surathkal.
• The famous Sadashiva temple is said to be built around that piece of linga.
• Then, he decided to destroy the covering of the AtmaLinga.
• He threw the case covering it to a place called Sajjeshwara which is 23 miles away.
• Then, he threw the lid of the case to a placed called Guneshwara and Dhareshwara which is 10–12 miles away.
• Finally, he threw the cloth covering the AtmaLinga to a placed called Mrideshwara in Kanduka-Giri.
• Mrideshwara has been renamed to Murudeshwara.

Places nearby Murudeshwara

• Jog Falls
• Unchalli
• Maravanthe
• Kodachadri
• Gokarna
• Yana
• Ikkeri
• Banavasi
• Udupi
• Magod Falls
• Kundadri Hill
• Agumbe
• Tyavarekoppa

Things to do in Murudeshwar

• Murudeshwara has beaches.
• Activities that can be done are:
– Swimming
– Snorkeling
– Boat rides
– Para-sailing
– Trekking
Opportunities for trekking are available at Yana. It is located near the Sahyadri ranges – Bhairaveshwara Shikhara and the Mohini Shikhara.
• From Murudeshwara, excursions can be taken to destinations like:
– Sirsi
– Karwar
– Gokarna
– Kollur
– Udupi
– Mangalore
– Dharmasthala
– Subramanya

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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