Mahabaleshwara Temple

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Time Required : 1 hour

Temple Timings : 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Festivals : Maha Shivratri

Dress Code : No jeans, trousers or shorts.

Completed in : 345 - 365 CE

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Mahabaleshwara Temple, Gokarna Overview

A 6 feet tall Shiva Linga here at the temple is known as the Atmalinga is worshipped here. Built using white granite, it is a classic example of the beauty of Dravidian architecture. A 1500 years old carved stone Lord Shiva idol in the standing position represents the main deity. The temple has been mentioned in the Hindu Mythics of Mahabharata and Ramayana and it is said to be as significant as Kashi, hence it earning the title, Dakshin (South) Kashi.

The top of the Atmalinga is the only part of the Linga that is visible to devotees. But during the Ashta Bandana Kumbhahishekam, a festival that happens once every 40 years, is when the entire Atmalinga is shown to the devotees. As per custom, devotees must first take a dip in the Karwar Beach, where the temple faces, visit the Maha Ganapathi Temple that is opposite the temple, then only visit the Mahabaleshwar Temple.

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