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Murdeshwar: Second Tallest Statue of Shiva

Lord Shiva's Statue at Murdeshwar Temple

Bengaluru, May 27(UiTV) - Murdeshwar is a place located on the coast of the Arabian Sea in the Uttar Kannada district of Karnataka. The statue of Hindu God Shiva at Murdeshwar Temple is the second tallest statue of Shiva in the world. Murdeshwar is another form of Lord Shiva and hence the place got its name and the temple is the perfect example of the architecture of the Kings of Vijayanagara dynasty.  The temple is surrounded by the Arabian Sea on three sides and is built on the hill of Kanduka and there is Murdeshwar beach beside the temple and 20 storied gopuras built in front of the temple called Raja Gopura.

The statue of Lord Shiva is 123 feet high(37 meters), the second tallest statue of Shiva after Kailashnath Mahadev Statue situated in Nepal. The place attracts lots of tourists across the world. Murdeshwar beach which also supports boating is a good place to enjoy in groups.

How to reach Murdeshwar:
By Road: It is located about 500 km from Bengaluru, 155 km from Mangaluru, and 12 km from Bhatkal. Public buses from various parts of Karnataka drive there.

By Railways: The place has a railway station. Trains ply frequently from Karwar routes but a very few halts there. The station is 2 km away from the temple.

By Air: The nearest airport is the Mangalore International airport which is 158 km far from the city.


Temple timings:

Morning Puja – 6:30 am to 7:30 am

Afternoon Mahapuja - 12:15 pm to 1 pm

Night Puja - 7:15 pm to 8:15 pm

Day Timing – Opens at 6 am and closes at 8:30 pm.

Lunch Timing – 1 pm to 3 pm

Best time to visit:
Non-monsoon time November to February.

Festivals celebrated at the temple:

  • Maha Shivaratri in the month of February/March.
  • Karthik Purnima in the month of November/December.

Nearby temples:

Sri Mahabaleshwar Temple, Gokarna Idagunji Maha Ganapathi Temple, and Kollur Mookambika Temple are nearby temples of Murdeshwar.


Nearby places to Murdeshwar:

  • Basavaraja Durga Fort (36 km from Murdeshwar, an island in the Arabian Sea, off the coast of Honnavar Taluk).
  • Bhatkal (only 13 km from Murudeshwar, located on NH66).
  • Netrani Island (Located 19 km from Murdeshwar, the little island in the Arabian Sea called the Netragudo & Pigeon Island or the Netrani Island is famous for underwater actions like snorkeling and diving).
  • Baindur (Baindur is a small town situated on National Highway 17, between Murdeshwar and Udupi. The town is famous for its beautiful beaches).
  • Kodachadri (Located 75 km from Murdeshwar, Kodachadri peak is in the Western Ghats famous for trekking and for beautiful views).
  • Gokarna (Located 78 km from Murdeshwar, one of the best places known for pilgrimage center and an astounding beach station).
  • Mirjan Fort (Situated 60 km from Murdeshwar, the fort is bestowed with grandeur and rich history).
  • Apsara Konda Falls (Only 20 km from Murdeshwar, the fall cascades down from a height of 10 meters into a sea-facing pond that looks like a lagoon).

By Shashikant Chaurasia