|Gokarna situated in coastal Karnataka is 453 kms from Bangalore and about 55 kms from Karwar, the District headquarters. It is described as a Shaiva Centre, as important as Kashi and Rameshwar. History has it that the Atmalinga brought by Ravana got struck here and his efforts to extricate it resulted in his throwing the coverings of the Linga to Dhareshwar, Gunavanteshwara, Murdeshwar and Shejjeshwar temples (the last places is very near Karwar).
The Mahabaleshwara is one of the major temples here. The deity here is two-armed, standing, and atleast 1500 years' old. The Bhadrakali and Venkataramana temples, Kotiteertha tank etc., are other holy places here. Gokarna is also famous for its beautiful virgin beaches and breathtaking landscapes.
Gokarna, is one of India's most sacred places situated in the district of Uttara Kannada, of coastal region of Karnataka. A small town on banks of Arabian sea, and this coastline surrounded by natural beauty of five beaches (Gokarna beach, Kudle beach, Om beach, Half moon beach and Paradise beach) and hills along side, the traveler can choose his favourite for himself. This is not a place to hurry. Rather, one should just drift up the coast, enjoying the scenic beauty of this coastal area.
|Address:Gokarna, Uttara Kannada district|
|Best time to visit: Jan-Dec|
|While most of the Karnataka districts reel under oppressive heat during summers, the pleasant weather|
History of Gokarna Temples:
|In Threthayuga, Ravana (Demon/Asura King of Lanka) reaches Kailasa and performed rigorous penance to get the "Atma Linga" from Lord Shiva, as Ravana's mother expressed a keen desire to worship the atmalinga of Lord Shiva.
After a long penance, Lord shiva gave the "Atma linga" to Ravana as a boon and instructs Ravana to carry it home by walk, that he should never place it on the earth even for a short while failing which the linga would get eternally embedded at the place were he broke his commands.
Lord Maha vishnu learned that Ravana will become all powerful by worshipping the 'Atma linga' and menace to the world and Ravana's conviction that nobody could defeat him, once he acquired the very power of Lord Shiva. Maha vishnu devised a plan to install the linga somewhere and as he thought that Lord Ganapathi was alone capable of doing it, he along with all the gods pleased Ganapathi to execute the plan. Lord Ganapathi accepts and reaches Gokarna as a Brahmin boy.
As Ravana was coming near Gokarna. Maha Vishnu who had known well that Ravana was punctual in performing his periodical rites (Sandyavandhana), hides sun with his Sudarshana Chakra (Wheel). Thinking that it was time to perform the evening rites, Ravana finds a Brahmin boy and asked him to hold the Atma linga in his hand till he came back after finishing the rites.
Lord Ganapathi agreed to hold the linga on one condition that he would do so till he would be able to bear the weight of Linga and that thereafter he would call Ravana three times and if failed to come to him by then he would place the linga on the earth.
The depressed demon king Ravana was deeply agitated and tried to pull up the linga, but the linga did not budge a little. It resulted in his throwing the coverings of the Linga to Dhareshwar, Gunavanteshwara, Murdeshwar and Shejjeshwar temples. Ravana was unable to lift the Linga from the ground again and called shiva linga as Mahabala (you are too strong). And ever since the Linga illustrious as Mahabaleshwara.
Lord Shiva learnt all these from Vayu deva (Wind god), and came on to Earth with Godess Parvathi devi and his train of Gods, he visited these five places and worshipped the linga which had now taken five forms. He acknowledged that these five places would be his "Pancha kshetras" (Five Holy Places)
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|The six foot tall Shiva Lingam, enclosed in a square Saligrama Peetham, can be seen only once in 40 years, when the Ashta bandana Kumbhahishekam is performed. It is customary here to have a dip in the sea and then worship a Shivalingam made out of sand, before worshipping at the temple. Maha Sivaratri is of great significance in this shrine located in idyllic surroundings.|
Interesting things to Visit:
|Main Temples to visit at Gokarna: 1. The Mahabaleshwara temple is the major temple. The deity here is two-armed, standing, and at least 1500 years' old. The temple enshrines Mahabaleshwar, in a square Saligrama Peetha. A small hole in its middle permits devotees to have a glimpse of the top of the Aatma Linga.
Gokarna - Sthala Mahime: (Importance) Gokarna is adored as a Shaiva pilgrimage centre than a tourist destination, and as important as Kashi and Rameshwara pilgrimage places for hindus. The meaning of Gokarna is "Cow's Ear" (Go means Cow and Karna means Ear). Gokarna is located between the Gangavali and Agnashini river mouth and it is named for the ear-shaped confluence of two rivers. Devotees believe that Gokarna derives its name from the legend in which Lord Shiva emerged from the ear of a cow.
Gokarna is also respected as "siddi kshetra", (The more you know of the religious practice, and the more you will honour and worship it. The more you study it, the more it will enlighten you and satisfy your heart). Gokarna acclaimed as "Mukti Stala" (After the death of a close relative, Hindus come here to perform their obsequies) of Karnataka along with the other mukti stalas such as Udupi, Kollur, Subrahmanya, Kumbasi, Kodeshwara, and Sankaranarayana.
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How to reach Gokarna Temples?
|Nearest Railway Station:Konkan Railway passes through Gokarna (10 km from the town). The nearest railhead is at Kumta, 32 km away.|
|Nearest Airport:Bangalore, Mangalore|
|Road Transport:Gokarna is well-connected to Bangalore, Mangalore and Karwar. Regular buses ply from Kumata, Karwar, Goa and Mangalore.Gokarna can be reached by bus from Karwar (60 km). Distance to Gokarna 1. From Karwar: 60 Kms 2. From Kumata: 32 Kms 3. From Bangalore: 460 Kms 4. From Mangalore : 225 Kms 5. Konkan Railway passes through Gokarna (10 km from the town)|
Nearest Visiting places in Gokarna Temples:
|The other shrines are:
2. Tamra Gowri shrine.
3. Ganapathi Temple.
5. Aadi Gokarneshwara.
7. Koti theertha.
Beaches at Gokarna:
Kudle (Kuttle), a kilometre-long stretch of white sand fringed by palm trees, is the nearest; just about 20 minute walk from Gokarna.
Om beach, Half an hour further from Kudle is Om beach, so named because it's shaped like the auspicious \ (Om) symbol.
Half Moon smaller and lesser known beautiful beach.
Paradise are smaller and lesser known, but equally great for a bit of sunbathing and swimming.
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|The Mahabaleshwar temple is located in Gokarna, a sacred pilgrimage site in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. One of the seven Mukti Sthalas of Karnataka, Gokarna is also known for its idyllic beaches and serene landscape. The Mahabaleshwar Shiva temple is regarded to be next in sanctity only to the Vishwanath Siva Temple in Varanasi and is often called the Dakshina Kashi.|
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Gokarna Temples Nearest Attraction
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|Darya Bahadurgadh Island|
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|Sanyasi Island:Most of the Island resorts provide a complimentary boat trip to the Sanyasi Island. There is an interesting legends about this Island, in ancient times, a sage sought refuge on this island for penance and hence the name.....more|
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|Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary|
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|Anshi National Park|
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|The west coast style of south India starts from here. The roofs of the buildings are steep since it rains heavily in the western Ghats. They are mostly wooden constructions as in Kerala. In Karnataka , stone structures are prominent....more|
|Benne Hole Falls|
|This glorious water falls is formed from the tributary of river "Aghanashini", which flows in the Devimane Ghats region of the Western Ghats. The height of the falls is about 200ft. Benne Hole means big stream in Kannada. About 21kms from Sirsi to Kumta is place called Kasage, which is 6kms from the waterfalls....more|
|Burude Falls or Dodmane Falls|
|This wonderful waterfall is around 20+kms from Siddapur and 55+kms from Sirsi, on Siddapur-Kumta road. The way to get down to the river is through a small creek which is dry in summer. And which will be full in rainy and winter seasons which makes the entry to the waterfall and the valley impossible.....more|
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|Shiv Gange Falls|
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|Waate Halla / Hole Falls|
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|One of the most beautiful and safest beach of gokarna to swim (Expert Swimmers only). The best place to visit this place is from December to March, ,most of the people who visit this place is gohras and gohris. please take enough water and food as the food and water avilabe near the beach is not so good, the best place to buy is from gokarna town.recently two students from manipal got drowned here.....more|
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|Gokarna is about 200km north of Mangalore (7 hr by bus) and 56km southwest of Karwar on the seashore. According to the Gokarna Purana, "By mere entrance into this Ksetra (holy place), one becomes liberated from hundreds of sins, including even brahma-hatya (the killing of a Brahmin)."....more|
|Attiveri Bird Sanctuary|
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|Island of Mallikurve|