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Murudeshwar - Lord Shiva (Murudeshwara) Temple

Sri Murudeshwar Temple ancient turned to modern, dedicated to Lord Murudeswara. This is one of the five Temples known in Karnataka as the Pancha Kshetras of Lord Shiva. The other four Temples are in Nanjanagud, Dharmasthala, Dhareshwara and Gokarna. This picturesque place bounded by the Arabian Sea and rolling hills of Western Ghats, the place is a favorite picnic spot.

Murudeshwar Temple Images

Pilgrim Attractions

  • Ancient temple turned to modern, dedicated to Lord Murudeswara
  • This picturesque place bounded by the Arabian Sea and rolling hills of Western Ghats
  • Temple history associated to Ramayana in Tretayuga
  • The huge statue (world's 2nd tallest) of Lord Shiva owers 123 ft into the sky
  • The second tallest Gopuram in the world with 20 stories with lift facility
  • The sea on three sides surrounds the temple which is on Kanduka Giri hillock
  • Anatheshwara Temple and the Chandramouleeshwara temples
  • Murudeshwar Beach, Visit: Murudeshwar beach page

Where is Murudeshwar

Murudeshwar town is located in Bhatkal Taluk, Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka state, India - 581350.

How to Reach

Murudeshwar city is well connected by Highways and Railways.

  • Distance From: Mangaluru - 155 km, Panjim - 221 km, Shivamogga - 187 km, Bengaluru - 514 km
  • Nearest Airport: Mangalore
  • Nearest Bus Station: Murudeshwar
  • Nearest Railway Station: Murudeshwar

Where to Stay

Several options for a stay are available for the pilgrims in the town of Murudeshwar as well as in Bhatkal which is just 16 km away.

The RNS Residency Hotel is located just beside the Murudeshwar Temple and offers sea facing rooms. Amenities like a swimming pool and a gym are also available. Apart from that, resorts are available a few kilometers away from Murudeshwar.

The Naveen Beach Resort and the Kamath Yatri Nivas are the nearest to the Temple Complex.

Where to Eat

The town of Murudeshwar is host to a large number of small restaurants that serve authentic South Indian cuisine. The majority of the hotels in the town are located either near the Beach or near the Nearest Railway Station. Certain hotels near the Nearest Railway Station serve North Indian dishes as well as Chinese cuisine.

Festivals / Events

  • Maha Shivaratri – the grand festival in Feb / March
  • Karthik Purnima – Celebrated whole month of Karthika - Nov / Dec

Worship & Darshan Timings

  • 06.00am to 08.30pm
  • 01.00am to 03.00pm Break

Pooja Timings

  • Rudrabhishekam
  • Panchamritha Abhishekam
  • Panchakajjaya
  • Bilvarchane
  • Chandan Abhishekam
  • Bhasmarchane
  • Navagraha Pooja
  • Ekadasa Rudra
Yearly Sevas
  • Sarva Deva Pooja
  • Nanda Deepa Seva
  • Annastarpana Seva


Murudeshwar is not to be mentioned for shopping. Lavancha Handicrafts on temple road offers traditional and therapeutic souvenirs like wall-hangings, pen-stand, jewelery box, baskets and idols of Ganapati etc.

Visiting Places near Murudeshwar