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Mahabaleswara Temple, Gokarna

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Dravidian in style, Mahabaleswara Temple remains a major Hindu site, dedicated to Shiva Linga. Probably built in the 4th century, the temple includes a carved stone image of Lord Shiva--the deity is depicted in the standing position, with two arms. Although the temple itself isn't quite so ancient, the Shiva image is allegedly well over 1,000 years old. For Mahabaleswara Temple and beyond, use our Gokarna vacation route planner to get the most from your Gokarna vacation.
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  • The Aathmalinga taken by Ravana with his penance, was grounded here by Lord Ganesha. Ravana tried removing the Lingam but went in vain. Astonished by the power of the God, he named the Lord Mahabalesh...  more »
  • This temple is one of the ancient Shiva temple, Where we can do abhishekams on Atmalingam ourselves. The temple is maintained well and the place is neat and clean,We had good darshan, Atmosphere in th...  more »
  • Very old and nice Shiva temple. Narrow streets to reach the temple. Had good darshan and much rush during the time I visited due to monsoon. Fairly well maintained. Approach and outside the temple not...  more »

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Where to stay in Gokarna

Close to the temples of Gokarna lie a number of guesthouses and simple hotels, most dating back to when the town was solely a place of pilgrimage. Look to the coast for the accommodations more popular with international visitors. By the main beaches, choose from speciality boutique lodgings offering yoga and meditation facilities, a selection of rustic eco-lodges, and some larger resorts with pools. A couple of campgrounds provide a memorable experience for outdoor adventurers.
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