Murudeshwara, a small town situated in the Bhatkal Taluk of the Uttara Kannada district of the state of Karnataka, is an important center of pilgrimage in the region. The town boasts of a railway station that is connected by the Konkan railway route.
Another name for Lord Shiva, Murudeshwar is best known for the second-tallest statue of the deity, all across the world. This spectacular town is dominated by the coastline of the Arabian Sea and is noted for its Murudeshwar Temple as well. It is believed that the Hindu gods had attained invincibility and immortality by worshiping the Atma-Linga-- a divine Lingam. King Ravana, the emperor of Lanka had also desired to attain immortality by getting the Atma-Linga (Soul of Shiva).As the Atma-Linga was with Lord Shiva, the king kept praying to the lord with devotion. Shiva was pleased with his prayers and appeared to grant him a wish. In the mean while, Narada played a prank and asked Vishnu to change Ravana’s mind. This led to a sequence of events which led to more confusion. A must visit!