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Mahabaleswara Temple, Gokarna

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3.7/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web
Considered very sacred by Hindus, Mahabaleswara Temple stands excellently preserved, despite dating back to the 4th century CE. This ancient and authentic building is a real treat for those interested in religion or architecture—the Atmalinga in the temple goes back 1500 years. Most of the time uncrowded and unrushed, the temple provides a chance to truly enjoy your spiritual experience. However, during the Shivaratri festival (in February) large numbers of devotees visit the shrine and ceremonially pull a temple chariot with the idol of Lord Shiva and other deities to the temple from the main bazaar. Before you go, check the opening hours and the dress code. For Mahabaleswara Temple and beyond, use our Gokarna vacation route planner to get the most from your Gokarna vacation.
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  • Access road is very narrow for cars. Parking is nearly 500 meters away at the Gokarna beach. Men have to remove their shirts to enter the temple. It was very humid inside the main sanctum sanctorum le...  read more »
  • This temple has a very big mythological connection and we were fortunate enough to attend the daily Aarti and it was one of the best aarti I ever did in my life.The Temple is beautiful and can be acce...  read more »
  • In the temple are not allowed foreign infidels, but passage in the temple complex. We visited with excursion with very explanatory guide who has lived for 20 years in India, so his stories were very interesting. A guide led us around the Church, where according to legend is part of the Shiva-Linga, then we looked at the place of burning the dead-totally not afraid, no smells, everything pure (well, by the standards of India), then reached the small reservoir where bulk finery after burning, and in the end reached the Lake Koti Tirtha/Teertha, which take the ablution of the pilgrims. Generally considered to be the town of Gokarna, Brahmins, and Indians often go there on pilgrimage, but not everybody has the means. For example, very few can afford to make the burning of the deceased relative at the Temple of Mahabalešvara, because according to Indian standards it is very expensive.
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