World’s second-tallest Shiva statue, 123 feet high and which was looted by Abba of Tipu Sultan.
There are many temples of Shiva, and the glory of those temples is unique. Because it is elementary to please Shiva, he becomes happy even offering only one piece with a sincere heart.
Therefore, he is pleased with the devotion of the devotees. Lord Shiva appeared to him and only then were temples built in the form of a manifest Shivalinga. A unique miracle is seen in pagodas in India. One of these temples is located in Bhatkal, Karnataka state.
This Mahadev temple is famous for the name Murudeshwar. The history of the Murudeshwar temple is said to be from the Ramayana period, and it is said that the second most giant statue of Shiva is established here.
This holy temple is the main center of faith of the people.
Apart from the serene beach of Murudeshwar, this place is also trendy among the devotees here. Shri Mridesalinga, another form of Lord Shiva, is worshiped in this temple.
The Murudeshwar temple is surrounded on three sides; the view of the temple set on a serene hill is very picturesque.
Apart from the holy temple of Hindus, Murudeshwar is also considered a tourist place, located in Bhatkal, Karnataka state.
There are also some extraordinary places to visit here.
Height of Shiva Statue
Apart from this, there is a massive idol of Lord Shiva on temple premises, which is visible from a distance.
The height of the statue is 123 feet, and it took almost two years to build.
The idol is designed so that the sunlight falls directly on it, and thus it looks beautiful.
The idol has four arms and is adorned with gold. However, gusts of strong winds rising from the Arabian Sea blew off the color of the arms, and the rain disintegrated the color.
Gopra is generally the main gate of the temple.
Rajagopura is mainly a 20-story building, which is the entrance to the Murudeshwar temple. Devotees can use the lift in this gopura to reach the upper story and see the Murudeshwar temple and Shiva statue and the sea spread over miles away.
In OpIndia’s chain of temples, we take you today to a heavenly place established from the Ramayana period, dedicated to Lord Shiva, and surrounded on three sides by the Arabian Sea.
The specialty of this sacred place of Hindus is that the ‘AtmaLinga’ of Lord Shiva is established here. The Gopuram of about 250 feet is located in the temple premises, which is the highest Gopuram in the world.
Apart from this, a giant 123 feet high statue of Lord Shiva has also been made here. Hyder Ali heavily damaged it, but later, a local merchant gave the temple its present grand form.
History Related to the Ramayana period
In the Shiva Purana, the Atmalinga of Lord Shiva has been mentioned. Ravana pleased Lord Shiva with his penance to obtain the boon of immortality and to become a super-powerful
and obtained the Atmalinga from him.
After this, when Ravana tried to take that Atmalinga to Lanka, Lord Shiva put a condition that wherever this Atmalinga is placed on the ground, it will be established there. After that, no one will be able to lift it.
The same thing happened due to religious reasons. Lord Shiva is also known as Murudeshwar; hence the town where this temple is situated got the name Murudeshwar and the temple’s name as Murudeshwar temple.
Murudeshwara Temple is located in Bhatkal Tehsil of Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. This temple is situated on the Kanduka hill, which the Arabian Sea surrounds on three sides. Apart from this, this region is situated in the lap of hills of Western Ghats. This is the reason that, along with spiritual divinity, natural beauty is also seen here.
Murudeshware Temple structure
The most prominent feature of the Murudeshwar temple is Lord Shiva’s huge statue and the ‘Raj Gopura’ located in the temple complex, which is the world’s tallest gopura. Two living elephants of concrete have been carved at the beginning of the stairs leading inside the temple. The Atmalinga of Lord Shiva is installed in the sanctum of the temple.
Apart from this, a huge 123-feet high statue of Lord Shiva is also a major attraction here. This idol of Lord Shiva has four hands, which are decorated with gold. Like any temple of Dravidian architecture, a Gopura has been constructed in this temple, equivalent to a 20-story building whose height is about 250 feet.
After the loss in the Islamic invasion, the merchant gave the present form; Like many other temples in India, this temple also succumbed to Islamic fundamentalism. The ancient form of the Murudeshwar temple was destroyed by the Islamic ruler Hyder Ali. After this, the present visible form of this temple was built by a local merchant.
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