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All days of the week
3:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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NH 17, Bhatkal Taluk, Murudeshwar, North Kanara, Karnataka 581350, India
contact
+91-8385-268524 +91-8385-268972
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timings
All days of the week
3:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
visit duration
3 to 4 hours

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about murudeshwara temple

Towering the skyline of Murudeshwara from its location up on Kadunka Giri Hill, Murudeshwara Temple is an architectural marvel of breathtaking, stupendous proportions. Built on the site of the original Murudeshwara Temple that gradually fell to ruins with time, the present day temple and its sprawling complex were established by businessman R.N. Shetty.

Overlooking the crystalline blue of Arabian Sea, Murudeshwara Temple’s 20 storeyed Rajagopuram (tower), at a height of 249 feet, is possibly the largest in the world. With its construction having begun in 1977 and having been inaugurated only recently, the temple’s architecture and layout is relatively modern day except for its sanctum sanctorum, which is laid out in traditional temple style.

The temple’s presiding deity is Sri Murudeshwara, an avatar of Lord Shiva, represented in the form of a linga that is believed to be a part of the original Atma Linga Ravana had brought from Kailash Parvat only to have it stolen by Lord Ganesha. Out of frustration Ravana flung away other parts of the lingam that were left behind, like the lid, casket, string and the covering cloth. The covering cloth landed in Murudeshwara, called as Aghora or Mridesa linga. Along with the other sacred sites where the parts landed, Murudeshwara was declared as a pancha-kshetras by Lord Shiva.

It is believed that worshiping all the five sacred sites can result in the attainment of Moksha, spiritual liberation. At Murudeshwara, the lingam is placed inside a hollowed out rock, 2 feet below the ground. While you will be not be allowed inside the sanctum sanctorum, you can pay homage and seek Lord Murudeshwara’s blessings from the threshold.

The entire complex is a lyrical narration of the legend surrounding the temple, filled as it is with sculptures of scenes and mythological tales, including some from Mahabharata.

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9 Murudeshwara Temple reviews
Kashinatha Rao
Kashinatha Rao
Behaviour of TEMPLE Staff in murudeshwar temple
Jun 17 2018
The place is fantastic. But the behaviour of the temple staff has disappointed us. We have visited the temple on 13/06/2015. The Mangalarati made to the deity is not given to the devotees with out purchasing the arati tickets. Generally in all the ...... read more
Kashinatha Rao
Kashinatha Rao
Behavior of temple staff in Murudeswar
Jun 17 2018
The place is fantastic. But the behaviour of the temple staff has disappointed us. We have visited the temple on 13/06/2015. The Mangalarati made to the deity is not given to the devotees with out purchasing the arati tickets. Generally in all the ...... read more
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