The origin of the name "Murudeshwara" dates to the time of Ramayana. The Hindu gods attained immortality and invincibility by worshiping a divine Linga called the Atma-Linga. The Lanka King Ravana wanted to attain immortality by obtaining the Atma-Linga (Soul of Shiva). Since the Atma-Linga belonged to Lord Shiva, Ravana worshipped Shiva with devotion. Pleased by his prayers, Lord Shiva appeared before him and asked him what he wanted. Ravana asked for the Atma-Linga. Lord Shiva agreed to give him the boon on the condition that it should never be placed on the ground before he reaches Lanka. If the Atma-Linga was ever placed on the ground, it would be impossible to move it. Having obtained his boon, Ravana started back on his journey to Lanka.
Sight Seeing Places
Kethapayya Narayan Temple
Kethapayya Narayan Temple is famous for its Vijayanagara style of architecture and beautifully carved sculptures. Tourists can come across the four pillared Navaranga, a kind of a hall along with statues of Ashta Dikpalakas that stand as guards in the eight directions. Moreover, tourists can also witness the walls that are carved with different figures and various scenes from the Ramayana like Putra Kamesti, Rama Pattabhisheka and Vanavasa. At the entrance of the temple, stands a huge dhwajastambha which is a flag pillar.
Idagunji Maha Ganapathi Temple
The Shree Vinayaka Devaru is a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Ganesha (Vinayaka), located on the West Coast of India in the Idagunji town in Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka state, India. The temple's popularity as a religious place is recorded by about 1 million devotees visiting it annually.It is one of the six famous Ganesha temples on the west Coast of India, which is also popularly called the "Ganesha Coast".
Murudeshwara is a town in Bhatkal Taluk of Uttara Kannada district in the state of Karnataka, India. Murudeshwara is another name of the Hindu god Shiva. Famous for the world's second tallest Shiva statue, the town lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea and is also famous for the Murudeshwara Temple. Murudeshwara has a railway station on the Mangalore-Mumbai Konkan railway route.
Netrani (also known as Pigeon Island) is a small island of India located in the Arabian Sea. It is off the coast of Karnataka situated approximately 10 nautical miles (19 km) from the temple town of Murudeshwara in Bhatkal Taluk. Views from above give this island the appearance of being heart-shaped. Besides pigeons, the other inhabitants of the island are wild goats. This island has scuba diving facilities and the place is easily accessible from Mangalore, Goa, Mumbai or Bangalore. There are dive shops at Murdeshwara and Goa, that regularly organize diving tripes to the island.
how to reach
By Rail : Stations available in BanMurudeshwar railway station is connected to Mangalore and Mumbai. ...
Distances From Banglore:
Banglore: 512 km
Mysore: 307 km
Mangalore: 156 km
By Air : Mangalore international airport is the nearest about 153 km away to the south. ...