16 km from Bhatkal, Murudeshwara is a sacred spot for Hindus with Murudeshwara Temple as its highlight and Murudeshwar Beach.
The picture-perfect beauty of the place appeals as much to the casual tourists as to the devotees who come tom pay homage to the deity.
It is said that the elaborately carved temple atop the small hillock of Kanduka Giri with fine sculptures to boast of enshrines Murudeshwar Beach
A piece of the Pranalinga of Mahabaleshwara that was thrown by Ravana, the mighty demon-king and devout worshipper of Lord Shiva Murudeshwar Beach.
The scenery surrounding the place consists of splashing playful sea waves in the west Murudeshwar Beach Bhatkal.
Lush green hills that provides a wonderful backdrop to the temple in the east and swaying coconut and areca trees that makes it an ideal picnic spot Murudeshwar Beach Bhatkal.
Some of the old-fashioned rituals that one would like to witness here are Bhuta (spirit) worship, Kambala (buffalo race) and Korikatta (cock fight) Murudeshwar Beach Bhatkal.
Besides this attractive temple, blue seas and dancing trees, this beach also offers the native delicacies of coastal Karnataka including the delicious coconut sweets Murudeshwar Beach Karnataka.
Spicy fish curries, a number of rice preparations, juicy fruits such as mangoes, jackfruit, cashew nuts and bananas Murudeshwar Beach Karnataka.
The centuries-old temple has two life-size concrete elephants guarding its steps. While one treks to the temple there is another smaller shrine of Jattiga seated on a horse on the way Murudeshwar Beach Karnataka.
One can also pay a visit to the massive fort behind the temple is said to be renovated by the legendary warrior-prince, Tippu Sultan of Mysore, while exploring the beach.
In case, you decide to elongate your visit to the beach a bit, you may stay in the temple cottages too Murudeshwar Beach Karnataka.
Major Attractions of Murudeshwar Beach
Murdeshwar Temple, South India This picturesque place situated 16 kms from Bhatkal has a gorgeous temple perched on a hillock by the shore. Murudeshwar is around 180 km from Mangalore on the National Highway.
On the route along the highway is the alluring Maravanthe Beach with the Arabian Sea roaring on the west and a serene river on the east along this route for almost 2 kilometres. The sea is an intrinsic part of the temple scape at Murudeshwar. The sea surrounds the temple towering on the small hill called Kanduka Giri on three sides.
Two life-size elephants in concrete stand guard at the steps leading to the temple. The Murudeshwar temple has a history that dates back to a few centuries.
The temple, which embodies a linga, is believed to have erupted when Ravana flung the cloth covering the atmatlinga at Gokarana while lifting it. As one ascends the hillock, there is a shrine of Jattiga seated on a horse.
There is also a huge fort behind the temple said to have been renovated by Tipu sultan, the ruler of Mysore.
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