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Murudeshwar Temple: Timings, Poojas, and History

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Last Updated:September 28, 2023

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Lord Murudeshwar Temple is a famous Hindu temple located in Uttara Kannada district of the Indian state of Karnataka. This Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, a Hindu deity. Located among scenic beauty, this temple is surrounded by the Arabian Sea on three sides.

The entrance of the temple is magnificent. A twenty-storied gopuram is located at the entrance of Murudeshwar Temple. Another key feature of the Murudeshwar Temple is the gigantic statue of Lord Shiva. It is the second-largest statue of Lord Shiva in India. 

Murudeshwar Temple

The Murudeshwar Temple is located on a small hillock named Kanduka. The gopuram at the entrance of Murudeshwar Temple is 237.5 feet tall and is known by the name of Raja Gopuram.  Two elephants are located on the sides of the entryway of the gopuram and are considered to be the guards of the Murudeshwar Temple. Within the temple, Lord Shiva is giving the teachings of Gita to Arjuna.

The view of the gopuram is breathtaking and is one of the most energizing features of the Murudeshwar Temple for the devotees. Another energizing feature of the Lord Murudeshwar Temple is the amazing view of the statue of Lord Shiva near the seashore. 




Sections of the Lord Murudeshwar Temple other than the main sanctum have been revamped in the past to provide a good experience for the devotees. The temple has been revamped in contemporary style. The temple in contemporary style has been revamped by R.N.Shetty, a businessman and philanthropist.

Murudeshwar Temple

A shrine dedicated to Lord Shaneeshwara is also located in the vicinity of the Lord Murudeshwar Temple. Reaching the Lord Murudeshwar Temple is easy for the devotees. Located in the close vicinity of good roadways, the Lord Murudeshwar Temple is an easy reach for travellers and devotees. 

Murudeshwar Temple Timings

Darshan Timings Ritual Timings 
Morning Darshan 6:00 AM – 1:00 PMMorning Puja 06:30 AM
Evening Darshan 3:00 PM – 8:30 PMMaha Puja 12:15 PM
Night Puja 07:15 PM

The Lord Murudeshwar Temple opens at 6:00 AM in the morning for the devotees and remains open till 8:30 PM at night. Devotees can seek blessings from Murudeshwar Temple by seeking the darshan of Lord Murudeshwar. Devotees can seek darshan in the morning and also in the evening. Morning darshan timings are from 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the afternoon.

The evening darshan timings are from three in the afternoon till eight-thirty in the night. Devotees must know about the ritual timings at Lord Murudeshwar Temple. Morning puja starts at six thirty in the morning. Maha puja starts at 12:15 PM and the night puja starts at 7:15 PM. Devotees can visit the Lord Murudeshwar Temple during these times to seek the blessings of Lord Murudeshwar. 

History of Murudeshwar Temple

The name of the temple has been given as Murudeshwar Temple which refers to Lord Shiva. An interesting story is linked to this from the time of the Ramayana. Hindu Gods performed penance dedicated to the Atma Linga. As a result, Lord Shiva gave them immortality and invincibility. Ravana, the king of Lanka, also started worshipping Lord Shiva to attain immortality and invincibility. When Lord Shiva appeared before him after looking at his devotion, he asked Ravana to tell him what he wanted. 

Ravana asked for Devi Parvati to which Lord Shiva agreed. Seeing these events, Narada Muni decided to lure Ravana into believing that the real Devi Parvati was not the one seen with Lord Shiva but the real Devi Parvati was in Pathala. As a result, Ravana went to Patahala and married a king’s daughter believing that she was the real Devi Parvati.

Murudeshwar Temple History

Ravana again sat for meditation when he came to know that he was fooled by Narada Muni. When Lord Shiva appeared before him this time, Ravana asked to bless him with the sacred Atma linga. Lord Shiva gave him the Atma linga but put a condition for Ravana. The powers of the Atma Linga would come back to Lord Shiva in case the Atma Linga were placed on the ground.    




When Narada Muni realized that Ravana would create havoc on Earth with the Atma Linga, Narada Muni approached Lord Ganesha for help. When Ravana was on his way to Lanka, Lord Vishnu removed the effect of sunlight so that Ravana would have to stop for his evening rituals. For this, Ravana would have to place the Atma Linga on the ground. When Ravana was thinking about the condition associated with the Atma Linga, he saw a Brahmin boy approaching him. 

The Brahmin boy was actually Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha’s plan was to place the Atma Linga on the ground when Ravana would go for evening rituals. When Ravana came back, he saw Atma Linga on the ground. Ravana became furious. He threw the case covering the lingam to Sajjeshwara located at a distance of 23 miles. The lid of the case was thrown to Guneshwara and Dhareshwara located at a distance of about 10-12 Km. The piece of cloth covering the Atma Lingam was thrown to Mrideshwara. Mrideshwara was later named as Murudeshwara.  

Significance of Murudeshwar Temple

There are many significant facts associated with Lord Murudeshwar Temple. They are as follows: 

  • Bhagirath muni performed penance at Murudeshwar awaiting for Mother Ganga to come to Earth from the hair locks of Lord Shiva. 
  • Karnataka is believed to be having Lord Shiva’s panch kshetra. Murudeshwar Temple is one of the panch kshetras of Lord Shiva. The other four sites of the panch kshetra of Lord Shiva are Gokarna, Dhareshwara, Nanjanagud, and Dhamasthla. 
  • Inside the Murudeshwar temple is a deep which is believed to be burning in the same way it was burning when the temple was built. People pour oil in the deep and see their image in the oil to seek the blessings of the deity and bring good luck and prosperity. 
  • The statue of Lord Shiva that has been built near Murudeshwar temple is the second largest statue of Lord Shiva after the Kailashnath Mahadev statue in Nepal. 
  • The gopuram of the Murudeshwar temple is the second tallest gopuram in India. The tallest gopuram is located in Srirangam temple in Tamil Nadu. 

Pujas at Murudeshwar Temple 

Devotees can perform many types of pujas at Murudeshwar temple. Many types of pujas can be performed by them on a daily basis and on a yearly basis. Yearly pujas can be performed by the devotees who can not visit the temple on a daily basis. Panditji (booked on 99Pandit) can perform puja for the devotees at Murudeshwar temple if they are not able to visit the temple. Some of the pujas performed at the temple are as follows:

Panchamitra Abhishekam 

In this puja, sacred puja samagri such as milk, honey, cow’s ghee, curd, and sugar is poured on Shiva linga. These five elements of the puja samagri are together known as Panchamrit. It is believed that Panchamrit is liked by Lord Shiva and performing puja daily with Panchamrit can please Lord Shiva. 


The purpose of Rudrabhishek Puja is to convey the message that Shiva is everything, Shiva is everywhere, and that everything is contained in the Shiva Tattva. Rudrabhishekam is performed every day at Murudeshwar temple. In this puja, Lord Shiva is worshipped in the Rudra form. In Hinduism, it is believed that rudrabhishekam removes bad luck and illness.


Panchakajjaya is a kind of prasadam popular in South India. It is prepared mainly with green gram, coconut, sesame, ghee, jaggery, and cardamom. Panchakajjaya is offered as a naivaidyam to the deity during the prayers. 





In Hinduism, it is believed that performing the puja of Lord Shiva is incomplete without bilva leaves, also known as bilva patra. The use of Bilva leaves is considered sacred in Hinduism. The three leaves of the Bilva patra are considered a symbol of the Trishul, the powerful weapon of Lord Shiva.   


Archana is performed in the Murudeshwar temple using Vibhuti (ash) or Bhasma is known as Bhasmaarchana.  Bhasma is a symbol of purity. It is free from earthly connections. Lord Shiva embraces Bhasma which is a symbol of purity. 

Chandan Abhishekam 

Chandan is considered a sacred puja samagri in Hinduism. No Hindu puja can be completed without applying Chandan to the deity. Chandan is also applied on the foreheads of the devotees. It is believed that if devotees performed Chandan abhishekam in Murudeshwar temple, Lord Shiva would never leave their side. Chandan Abhisheka helps the devotees in pleasing Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is pleased and guides them on the right path.  

Navagraha Shanti Puja 

Navagrha Shanti Puja is the worship of nine planets. Navagraha Puja is performed to pacify nine planets and seek their blessings. 

Ekadashi Rudra Puja 

As per the beliefs in Hinduism, there are eleven avatars of Rudra dev, also known as Lord Shiva. Devotees worship each avatar of Lord Shiva with specific shlokas or mantras. The eleven avatars of Lord Shiva are Mahadev, MahaRudra, Shankara, Shiva, Neellohita, Eeshaan, Bhima, Vijay Rudra, Devdeva, Bhavobhav, and Adityamaka Srirudra. 

Important Information 

There is certain important information that must be included for the devotees of Murudeshwar temple. Other important information associated with the Murudeshwar temple is as follows: 

Sites to Visit Near Murudeshwar Temple

Murudeshwar Fort 

It is a historic fort of the era of Vijayanagara kings. The Murudeshwar fort was built in the fifteenth century by Vijayanagara rulers. Recent innovations of the Murudeshwar fort were done by Tipu Sultan. The walls of the fort are carved with elaborate sculptures. Elegant paintings and artwork are an integral part of the fort. Murudeshwar Fort is located behind the Murudeshwar temple. 

Netrani Island 

One of the most popular sites for adventurers near Murudeshwar temple is Netrani Island. It is a heart-shaped island rising above the waters of the Arabian Sea. It is one of the best locations for scuba diving. Divers can admire coral reefs, and marine life such as shrimp, eel, butterfly fish, and trigger fish. Importantly, whale sharks are also common in this region.

Netrani Island 

Murudeshwar Beach 

Located near the Murudeshwar temple is the Murudeshwar beach. The calm waters of the beach are perfect for swimming. It is difficult to find water sports but upon request, visitors can enjoy boating. The beach gets crowded on weekends when locals come to visit the Murudeshwar temple and spend time on the beach. 

Murudeshwar Beach

Apsara Konda Falls 

A picturesque site located near the Murudeshwar temple is Apsara Konda Falls. It is a small waterfall with water falling from a height of ten meters. People visiting the Murudeshwar Temple can easily visit this site through a trek. Visitors get to see the native flora and fauna of the region. As per the local legend, it is believed that apsaras or angels come to take a bath in the pond from heaven. It is for this reason that it is named Apsara Konda Falls. 

How to Reach Murudeshwar Temple 

Murudeshwar temple is located in the Udupi district of Karnataka. It has rail, road, and air connectivity. Murudeshwar temple is located 165 km from Mangalore and 455 Km from Bangalore. The nearest railway station Murudeshwar temple is located 2 Km from the temple. The nearest airport named Madurai International Airport is located at a distance of 165 Km from the Murudeshwar temple.




Festivals celebrated at Murudeshwar Temple 

Festivals are celebrated with full enthusiasm at the Murudeshwar temple. Major festivals celebrated at the temple include Mahashivratri and Kartik Purnima. Mahashivratri is usually celebrated in the month of February or March. Kartik Purnima is usually celebrated in the month of November or December.  

Temples Near Murudeshwar Temple 

Many temples are located near the Murudeshwar temple. Important temples near the Murudeshwar temple include Gokarna Idagunji Maha Ganapati Temple, Kollur Mookambika temple, and Shri Mahabaleshwar temple. 


Murudeshwar temple located in the Udupi district of Karnataka is a must-visit temple for devotees. It is a historic temple in Hinduism. Its religious significance has gained its popularity among the devotees. Thousands of devotees visit the Temple to perform puja and seek the blessings of Lord Shiva. The best time to visit the Murudeshwar temple is from November to February. 

The 237.5-foot tall Gopurum is a key feature of the Murudeshwar temple. It is the second largest gopuram located in a Shiva temple. Devotees can seek blessings at the Murudeshwar temple in the morning and also in the evening. Devotees can seek morning darshan from 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM. They can seek evening darshan from 3:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Mainly three pujas are performed in the Murudeshwar temple, namely, Morning puja, maha puja, and night puja. Devotees can attend these pujas as per their requirements. 

Other key places located near Murudeshwar temple include the Murudeshwar beach, the Apsara Konda Falls, and Netrani Island. Murudeshwar temple has good rail, road, and air connectivity. The nearest airport is Madurai International Airport. It is located around 165 km from Murudeshwar temple. From there, people can reach Murudeshwar temple by rail or road connectivity. The nearest railway station, Murudeshwar station, is located 2 km from the Murudeshwar Temple.



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