Visit Murudeshwar for a unique beach experience. Rediscover your love for solitude by sitting at a vantage point on a hillock and watching the relentless waves crash against the rock. Murudeshwar has a Shiva Temple and the tallest Shiva statue in India.
This picturesque place is situated 16 km from Bhatkal. Bounded by the shimmering sea and rolling hills, Murudeshwar is a favourite tourist spot. It is known for the gorgeous temple perched on a hillock by the shore.
The Murdeshwar Temple is a great picnic spot. The temple which embodies a Linga is believed to have erupted when Ravana flung the cloth covering the Atmalinga at Gokarna while lifting it. As one ascends the hillock, there is a shrine of Jattiga seated on a horse. There is a huge fort behind the temple, said to have been renovated by Tipu.
The main attraction of Murudeshwar is Shiva temple, this sacred place presents some beautiful carvings and statues, which has a history that dates back to a few centuries (Threthayuga). The temple which embodies a Shiva Linga is believed to have erupted when Ravana (Demon King of Lanka) flung the cloth covering the Atmalinga at Gokarna while lifting it. Lord Shiva, following a complicated sequence of events, declared that Murudeshwara should be one of his five holy places.
Shiva Idol: It is the tallest Shiva idol in the world.
A recent attraction of Murudeshwara is the Lord Shiva idol erected beside the temple.
The idol towers 123 feet into the sky and viewable from a very long distance from the arabian sea.