Murudeshwar temple, a well-known temple in India. The Murudeshwara temple is located on coast side of Bhatkal Taluk at Uttara Kannada district in state of Karnataka, India. The temple is situated between Bhatkal town and Honnavar around 12-kms. The statue of Shiva is claimed to be one of the tallest statue in India. Visit to this pilgrim spot might revise your Mythological knowledge.


Immortality and Invincibility was prime attainment in Mythology. Several Hindu Gods worshipped hard to attain this divine thing. They worshiped to gain divine Lingam called ‘Atma-Linga’. Ravana, the Lanka King also worshipped Lord Shiva with complete devotion to gain immortality and Invincibility.

Murudeshwar Temple

Murudeshwar Temple A Shrine with Tallest Shiva Idol

Lord Shiva agreed to give boon with a condition that the Atma-Lingam should not be placed on ground before reaching his homeland Lanka. While, if the Linga is placed on ground, it will never be able to move it after-that. And, henceforth Ravana started his journey to Lanka. When Lord Narada, came to know about this incident and realised the hard circumstances and havoc on earth can be experienced with Ravana obtaining immortality. He approached Lord Ganesh to protect and prevent the mishap. Lord Ganesh knew that Ravana was true devoted person and who perform his regular evening prayer without fail.

As he proceeded to Gokarna, Lord Vishnu blotted Sun to make dusk appearance. Ravana had to perform his evening duty but was worried with Atma-Linga by which he was not able to perform his evening ritual. Lord Ganesh appeared in disguise of Brahmin Boy, where Ravana requested him to hold Atma-Ling till he completes his evening ritual. Lord Ganesh in disguise of Brahmin struck a deal by saying he would call Ravana thrice, and by then if he fails to return by that stipulated time he will place the Atma-Linga on ground.

As predicted Ravana failed to come at specified time after completing the evening ritual. Lord Ganesh Placed the Atma-Linga on ground. Lord Vishnu then removed the illusion of dusk appearance. By realising the plot, Ravana tried to uproot the Atma-lingam and destroy it, but was unable to move it.

Murudeshwar Temple

Murudeshwar Temple A Shrine with Tallest Shiva Idol

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If you are planning to pay a visit at this place, then don’t forget to carry a camera, to catch me mesmerizing glimpse of sparkling sunset and other attractive landscape.

Major Attraction at Murudeshwar Temple:

  • Raja Gopura & Murudeshwar Temple

The temple is constructed on Kanduka Hill. The hill is surrounded by charm of water body of Arabian Sea by three side. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, with a Gopura of 20-storey. Recently, with increasing number of visitors every year, the temple authority have constructed elevator which gives mesmerizing view of 123-feet Shiva Statue. The elevator reaches you to top-level of Raja Gopura. The Rameshwar Linga situated at bottom of Kanduka hill is the point where people can do seva. Shaneswara temple is another temple built next to Idol of Shiva.

The Raja Gopura is 237.5-feet tall and as tallest Gopura in entire temple complex. It was presented by R.N Shetty who is known Businessman and Philanthropist in Karnataka. The main deity is Shri Mridesa Linga, known as Murudeshwara. The Linga is believed to be original Atma Linga, which is 2-feet below the normal ground level. Devotee can also perform special rituals like Abhishek, Rudra-abhishek, and many more.

Murudeshwar Temple

Murudeshwar Temple A Shrine with Tallest Shiva Idol

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  • Statue of Lord Shiva

A 123-feet Statue of Shiva, is one of the huge idol in Karnataka. The Statue is fairly visible from great distance from temple complex. Around the world this statue is second largest Statue of Lord Shiva next to Kailashnath Mahadev Statue in Nepal. The Statue took two-years to complete. The planning and designing of statue is done in such a way that sunlight directly appears on the gleaming Shiva’s idol.

Originally the idol was structured with four arms painted in shining gold colour. But the large gusting winds blew one of the arm having (damru) drum.