At a distance of 2 km from Murudeshwar Railway Station, Murudeshwar Temple is an ancient Hindu temple situated at Murudeshwar, Karnataka. It is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in Karnataka, and among the must include places Murudeshwar Tour Packages.Murudeshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the main places to visit in Murudeshwar. The town was earlier known as ‘Mrideshwara’ and later renamed as Murudeshwar after the construction of the temple.
This temple is situated on a small hill called Kanduka Giri, bounded by the sea on three sides. The temple was built with Chalukya and Kadamba sculptures in the Dravidian style. The temple is mainly built of granite. It has a 20-storey high Gopura guarded by two life-size concrete elephants at the steps leading into the temple. The tower is 249 feet tall and is considered the tallest Gopura in the world. The entire temple complex, including the 249 feet tall Raja Gopura was constructed to its present form by businessman and philanthropist Mr. RN. Shetty. In the sanctum, Lord Shiva graces in the form of Linga, 2 feet below the ground.
The Geetopadesha, Sun chariot, and the sculpture of Lord Ganesh receiving the Atma Linga from Ravana are the other sculptures built on the Kanduka hill. The 123 ft high Shiva statue is the second largest Shiva sculpture in the world and has become a landmark of Murudeshwar. As one ascends the hillock, there is a statue of Jattiga seated on a horse. There is a huge fort behind the temple, said to have been renovated by Tipu Sultan of Mysore. This is a great place to watch the sunset.
Maha Shivaratri is the major festival celebrated at this temple on a grand scale, attracting thousands of people from Karnataka and the nearby states.
According to the legend, Ravana brought the Atma Lingam from Mount Kailash. Lord Ganesha using his trick fooled Ravana on his way to Lanka and put down the Linga on the ground at Gokarna. Angered by this, Ravana tried to uproot and destroy the Linga. The broken pieces of the lingam were cast away. The covering cloth of the lingam fell at Kanduka Giri and the Murudeshwar temple was built at the site.
Special features in murudeshwara temple
Idol of murudeshwara
If you want to witness the world’s largest Shiva idol, then veer to Murudeshwara.
The stunning colossal Shiva idol awaits for your visit.
Other than that this temple holds the first place in having the tallest Raja Kopura in India.
This splendid divine space has the best picturesque scenery and lovely ambiance.
This temple is encased on all three sides by Arabia Sea.
The 249 feet Raja Kopura is sheer work of excellence and the statue of Shiva in sitting posture makes the onlookers tongue tied, adding to it the two life size elephants on either sides of the threshold gives the temple a majestic look.
This temple is fully furnished with modern amenities and there are even lift facilities inside the Raja Kopura for the better view of Lord Murudeshwar.
The piece of Original Atma Linga is believed to be buried two feet underground; devotees can visit this Linga and can do self pooja to the Lord.
Ravana and Atma-Linga The legend says, Ravana had acquired Atma-Linga from Lord Shiva on a condition that he should not keep it on the ground before reaching Lanka. Devatas didn’t want Ravana to gain immortality and become powerful. So they devised a plan.
The Modern Architecture Murudeshwar Temple is one of the popular temples in Karnataka. It has a blend of modern and traditional architecture. The statue was built by Kashinath and financed by a business man named R.N.Shetty.
The temple celebrates the festival of Maha Shivaratri that falls in the months of February-March and Kartik Poornima that falls in the months of November-December with fervor and zeal.
Why must tourists visit the Murudeshwara temple?
When it comes to travel and tourism, Karnataka is perhaps one of India’s most underrated states. It is simply amazing how one state can be home to such a wide variety of tourist spots. With part of the Western Ghats adorning this state, it is abundant in lush green natural beauty. It is located on the southwest coast of India which means it has some spectacular beaches facing the Arabian Sea, like the Om beach in Gokarna. And then there are the historic ruins of Hampi which attract many history enthusiasts. But what really makes Karnataka an amazing Indian destination worth visiting are its temples. Be it their architecture, their religious significance, their history or their location, most temples in Karnataka are alluring, to say the least. One such temple is the famous Murudeshwar temple located in Murudeshwar. It is one of the best Shiva temples in India.
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How to reach the temple
The nearest airport is the Mangalore International Airport, which lies 153 kilometers away from the temple.
The nearest railway station is the Murudeshwar Junction, which lies over 2 kilometers east of the town.
State and private buses frequently ply to and from Murudeshwar from Bengaluru, Mysuru, Udupi, Kochi, and Mumbai.
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The Kollur “Shree Kshetram”, situated in the Udupi District of Karnataka State, is one among the seven abodes of Salvation, in the creation of Parashurama. The Shree Kshethram is set up by Adi Shankaracharya. This is an abode where the Goddess Shakthi is worshiped. ‘Devi Mookambike’ is worshiped here as the ‘Shakthi Devatha’. The Monster or troll Kaumhaasura, known as Mooka was put to death in this Kshethra. Mookambike is an Adi Shakthi as the Linga has integrated on its left side ” Mahakali”, Maha Lakshmi” and Maha Saraswathi”.
The Adi Shakthi in this form can be seen only here. In the form of Udbhava Linga, Mookambike has also integrated Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva on the right side. A gold Chain is dividing this Jyotirlinga into left and right portions. The left side of the Lingam represents the Shakthi and right represents Shiva. Since Devi had appeared in his divine sight during his meditation, Adi Shankara had set up the statue of Devi on “SriChakra Yantra”. Shri Shankaracharya’s Peetha is on the western side of the Sanctum Sanctorum of the Temple. Even today the worshiping ritual is being continued as per the Vijayagama system formulated by Adi Shankaracharya.
According to Mookambika temple history, this temple is the only one that is dedicated to Parvathi, the Goddess. The creation of this temple is believed to have been done by Parashurama. People of Tamil Nadu especially take much interest in this temple. Parvathi is called Thai Mookambika in Tamil. Parvathi had killed Kamsasuran who had become powerful through his penance while staying there. Veerabadra, Shiva and Ganapathi helped the Goddess successfully to make Kamsasura dumb. This is how he started to be called Mookasuran. This name was given to him because ‘mooka’ means dumb. Eventually, Parvathi killed him with her chakra. This incident took place in the night of Shukla Ashtami. After this, Devi came to be popularly known as Kollur Devi Mookambika. The divine energy of the Devi came to be worshipped with the lingam by Kola Maharishi. When you visit the temple, you will be able to see this lingam as the main deity. Worshippers call this Jyotirlinga. To be precise, Devi Mookambika endorses four arms and three eyes. In her hands, she has the divine disc and conch.
Story of adi sankara and devi mookambika
It is said that the Goddess Saraswati of learning and wisdom received extreme worship from the highly esteemed spiritual leader, Adi Shankara. Devi Saraswati appeared before him, acknowledging the prayers. Adi Shankara avowed his wish to Devi, pleading her to put her presence in Kerala where there was still no temple in her respect. Devi Saraswati accepted his wish based on one condition that Adi Shankara would have to lead her way to the destination. On the way, he cannot doubt and look back to confirm her presence even for one time. The moment he fails to keep this condition, Devi will just stop and remain exactly where she would be at that moment. However, the condition was accepted by Shankara and they started their journey down the Kodachadri hills. Shakara led the way and the tinkling sound of the goddess kept him canny. Suddenly, the tinkling sound disappeared after they walked several distances. After waiting for some time, Shankara turned back to take a quick note of the goddess who watched him with reprove. On the basis of the condition, Devi Saraswati stopped at that very moment and place. But without losing all hopes, Shankara effusively apologized for failing to keep the condition and consistently pleaded and begged the goddess to come along with him. The goddess was ultimately very impressed to see his determination and she agreed to go with him. She would be present in Kerala at Chottanikkara Temple in the mornings and return to Kollur Mookambika temple by midday.
Pooja in mookambika temple
Every day morning at 5.00 am “Nirmalya Pooja ” takes place and during that time the Devotees have an opportunity to see the Swayambhoo Lingam. Every day Trikala Pooja is performed in the Temple. Thousands of devotees visit the temple to find solace, from their problems, pains and difficulties or to dedicate their religious vows or to enjoy the natural scenic beauty of the environment. Thousands of devotees from various states are visiting the Shri Kshethra on every Tuesday, Friday, and during the month of Shravana or on the Moola Nakshatra day of the months of Phalguna (Which is the birthday of Shree Devi) Important Politicians (Representatives of People) Film Stars, major Industrialists etc are visiting this Temple regularly. The famous singer Mr. Jesudas performs Chandika Homa seva and “darshan” of Devi, every year on his birthday. The Temple celebrates all traditional Hindu Festivals and during the days of Navarathri Festival the visits of the Devotees reaches the peak.
Mookambika Aishwarya deepam has the effect of bringing home blessings of Devi Mookambika. The speciality of this lamp is that each piece of this lamp is blessed by the main temple priest who does Pooja for Devi. Buy it online from a devotional store
Interesting facts in moogambigai temple
This sacred shrine is dedicated to Shree Mookambika Devi, an incarnation of Adi Shakthi who is depicted with three eyes, four arms, with a disc and conch in hands.
The temple is located on the banks of the river Souparnika and the Goddess here can be seen in the form of Swayambhu Linga.
When his sins cross the limit, Goddess Parvathi descends in a powerful form and kills Mookasura and takes the name Mookambika. So, today, Devi here in Kollur is worshipped as Mookambika and thus the name Kollur Mookambika.
The kollur temple is largely dedicated to knowledge and art and the Goddess here is also worshipped as Vagdevathe (Lord of Speech and Letters).
The idol of Mookambika is said to be made of Panchaloha (Gold, Silver, Copper, Iron, and Lead).
Festivals in moogambigai temple
- Car festival ugadi
- Navratri festival
- The annual car festival
- Ashta Bandhana brahmakalashotsava
- Chandika homa
How to reach mookambika temple
The Mookambika Temple is situated 2 km north of the city bus stand and 100 m north of the bazaar and guest houses. From Udupi we can reach Mookambika Temple – Kollur by bus. The nearest airport is the Mangalore airport located at Bajpe, 60 km away from Udupi. There are regular flights from different parts of the country. You can also hire a cab to reach the temple.
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