Lying on the coast of Arabian sea, Murudeshwar has the second tallest Shiva statue in the world. The Hindu god Shiva is also known as Murudeshwar and that’s how this town got its name. The Murudeshwar temple is another famous attraction of this place. A fine example of the architecture of the King of Vijayanagar, the temple attracts
tourists from all over the world.
The dome of the temple is called “Gopuram”. This is the second tallest gopuram in the world. Hovering over 237 feet, this 21-storey structure gives a fantastic aerial view of the towering Lord Shiva statue
This temple is situated on a small hill called Kanduka Giri, bounded by the sea on three sides. The temple was built with Chalukya and Kadamba sculptures in the Dravidian style.
Murudeshwar temple is one of such temples which look quite contemporary though it belongs to the ancient era. The temple is dedicated to worshipping Lord Murudeshwara considered to be one of the forms of Lord Shiva
The gigantic Gopuram (temple dome) at the entrance is believed to be the second tallest of all the Gopurams in the world and has a height of 237.5 feet while the tallest Gopuram is located at Srirangam temple in Tamilnadu.
Murudeshwar Temple with Lord Shiva stature in the back
Amazing view of Lord Shiva Statue from the top of Gopuram
A huge towering statue of Lord Shiva, visible from great distances, is present in the temple complex. It is the second tallest statue of Lord Shiva in the world
Lord Shiva Statue
This Shiva statue is 123 feet (37 m) in height and took about two years to build. The statue was built by Shivamogga's Kashinath and several other sculptors, financed by the businessman and philanthropist Rama Nagappa Shetty, at a cost of approximately ₹50 million
Lying along the periphery of the majestic Murudeshwar Temple is the beautiful beach by the same name. Overlooking the monumental statue of Lord Shiva, this beach is the perfect picnic spot for families and loved ones.
Curving the coastline of Arabian sea, acts as a backdrop to world’s second largest Lord Shiva statue, the beach in and of itself is a gold carpeted seascape of fragrant sea breeze, emerald waters and crashing waves, showered with sun’s rays that is sure to warm your soul.