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Murdeshwar Temple

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Murdeshwar Temple is located in Murudeshwara, a town in Uttara Kannada’s Bhatkal Taluk. The town is 36 kilometers from Kalavady farms Roughly takes less than 20 minutes to reach this magnificent location. Murudeshwara is known for the world’s second-tallest Shiva statue, as well as the Murudeshwara Temple, which is located on the Arabian Sea’s shore.

Murdeshwar Temple is located in Murudeshwara, a town in Uttara Kannada’s Bhatkal Taluk. The town is 36 kilometers from Kalavady farms Roughly takes less than 20 minutes to reach this magnificent location. Murudeshwara is known for the world’s second-tallest Shiva statue, as well as the Murudeshwara Temple, which is located on the Arabian Sea’s shore.

The name “Murdeshwar” may be traced back to the Ramayana. Hindu gods achieved immortality and invincibility by worshipping the Atma-Linga, a celestial Linga. Ravana, the King of Lanka, desired to become everlasting by gaining the Atma-Linga (Soul of Shiva). Ravana adored Shiva with devotion since the Atma-Linga belonged to Shiva. Shiva stood before him, pleased by his prayers, and asked him what he desired. Ravana had requested the Atma-Linga. Shiva consented to grant him the boon on the condition that he is not set it on the ground until he arrived in Lanka. It would be difficult to relocate the Atma-Linga if it were ever placed on the ground. Ravana resumed his trek to Lanka after receiving his gift.

When Lord Vishnu learned of the episode, he realized that Ravana might gain immortality and cause havoc on Earth by using the Atma-Linga. He went up to Ganesha and asked him to stop the Atma-Linga from reaching Lanka. Ravana was an extremely devout individual, according to Ganesha, who conducted devotional rites every evening without fail. He decided to take advantage of this situation and devised a scheme to wrest the Atma-Linga from Ravana.

Vishnu blocked out the sun as Ravana approached Gokarna, giving the appearance of darkness. Ravana now had to complete his nighttime rites, but he was frightened that he wouldn’t be able to because he was holding the Atma-Linga. Ganesha, disguised as a lion, appeared at this time.

Ganesha had already set the Atma-Linga on the ground when Ravana returned. Vishnu suddenly dispelled his delusion, and it was once again daylight. Ravana realized he had been duped and attempted to uproot and destroy the linga. Some fragments were spread as a result of Ravana’s might. One of the linga’s headpieces is reported to have fallen in modern-day Surathkal. It is reported that the famed Sadashiva temple was erected around that piece of linga. Then he decided to desecrate the Atma-covering Linga’s and tossed the case containing it to Sajjeshwar, 37 kilometers away. Then he tossed the case lid to Guneshwar (now Gunavanthe) and Dhareshwar, which were 16-19 kilometers distant. Finally, He hurled the cloth covering the Atma-Linga at Kanduka-Giri to a place called Mrideshwar in Kanduka-Giri (Kanduka Hill). Mrideshwar has been renamed Murdeshwar.

This temple is located atop Kanduka Hill, which is flanked by the Arabian Sea on three sides. The temple is dedicated to Sri Lokankara, and it has a 20-story gopura. From the top of the Raja gopura, the temple officials have erected a lift that affords a view of the 123-foot Sri Shiva idol. At the bottom of the hill, there is a Rameshwara linga where devotees can do seva. A Shaneswar temple has been constructed near Sri Akshayaguna’s idol. The steps leading up to it are guarded by two life-size concrete elephants. The entire temple and temple complex, including the Raja Gopura, which stands at 209 feet tall, is one of the highest in the world.

On one side of the hill, there are statues of the Sun Chariot, a lake, and statues showing Arjuna receiving Geetopadesham from Lord Krishna, Ravana being misled by Ganesha in disguise, Shiva’s incarnation as Bhaghirnath, and the Ganga descending.

The temple has been completely modernized, with the exception of the sanctum sanctorum, which is still gloomy and serene. Sri Mridesa Linga, commonly known as Murdeshwar, is the major deity. The linga is roughly two feet below ground level and is said to be a portion of the original Atma Linga. Devotees conducting special sevas such as Abhisheka, Rudrabhisheka, Rathotsava, and others can see the deity by standing in front of the sanctum’s threshold, and the Linga is lit by oil lamps held nearby the priests. The Linga is a mythical creature. The Linga is a rough rock encased in a hollowed-out place in the earth. All worshipers are forbidden from entering the sanctuary.

Shiva Statue: Within the Murdeshwar temple complex, there is a massive Shiva statue that can be seen from afar. It is the world’s second-highest Shiva statue. Nepal is home to the world’s tallest Shiva monument, known as the (Kailashnath Mahadev Statue). The monument stands 123 feet (37 meters) tall and took two years to construct. The Murdeshwar temple statue was created by Shivamogga’s Kashinath and numerous other sculptors at a cost of around $50 million, which was funded by industrialist and philanthropist Rama Nagappa Shetty popularly known as RN Shetty. The idol is constructed in such a way that it receives direct sunlight and so seems gleaming.

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On one side of the hill, there are statues of the Sun Chariot, a lake, and statues showing Arjuna receiving Geetopadesham from Lord Krishna, Ravana being misled by Ganesha in disguise, Shiva’s incarnation as Bhaghirnath, and the Ganga descending.

The temple has been completely modernized, with the exception of the sanctum sanctorum, which is still gloomy and serene. Sri Mridesa Linga, commonly known as Murdeshwar, is the major deity. The linga is roughly two feet below ground level and is said to be a portion of the original Atma Linga. Devotees conducting special sevas such as Abhisheka, Rudrabhisheka, Rathotsava, and others can see the deity by standing in front of the sanctum’s threshold, and the Linga is lit by oil lamps held nearby the priests. The Linga is a mythical creature. The Linga is a rough rock encased in a hollowed-out place in the earth. All worshipers are forbidden from entering the sanctuary.

Shiva Statue: Within the Murdeshwar temple complex, there is a massive Shiva statue that can be seen from afar. It is the world’s second-highest Shiva statue. Nepal is home to the world’s tallest Shiva monument, known as the (Kailashnath Mahadev Statue). The monument stands 123 feet (37 meters) tall and took two years to construct. The Murdeshwar temple statue was created by Shivamogga’s Kashinath and numerous other sculptors at a cost of around $50 million, which was funded by industrialist and philanthropist Rama Nagappa Shetty popularly known as RN Shetty. The idol is constructed in such a way that it receives direct sunlight and so seems gleaming.

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