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Murudeshwar Temple, Murudeshwar Overview

Located in Karnataka, this magnificent shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple boasts of the second highest statue of Lord Shiva in the world, and the sheer magnanimity of the statue will fill you with a sense of awe. This temple is built on the Kanduka Hill which is surrounded by the Arabian Sea on three sides. The main temple's entrance, also called the 'gopura' stands at 123 feet and you can witness the breathtaking view of the Shiva statue from the top of the gopura.

The entire surface of this temple is covered in the most intricate and detailed carvings that you will ever see. The compound of the temple has been modernized except the sanctum sanctorum, which retains its original form. The main deity of the temple is the Sri Mridesa Linga, which is believed to be a part of the original Atma Linga.

The Shiva statue here is quite an impressive one and will surely leave you with a humble sense of tranquillity. This magnificent statue is a perfect tribute to a God who is held in high reverence in lands far and wide.

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Legend of Murudeshwar Temple

Legend says that the Atma Linga or the Soul of Shiva was the key to invincibility and immortality. Demon King Ravana decided upon acquiring it for which he devoutly prayed to Lord Shiva. Pleased by his devotion, Shiva granted him the Atma Linga, on the condition that it must not be placed on the ground before he reaches Lanka. However, Lord Ganesh and Lord Vishnu tricked him into putting the Linga on the ground, post which it got attached and was rendered immovable. Livid with anger, Ravana tried to destroy the Linga, but the force of his attack only managed to scatter the Linga to different places, which gave rise to many a sacred spot throughout the country, one of them being Murudeshwar.

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