Gokarna Sri Mahabaleswara Swamy Temple :

God and Godess :

  • Mahabaleswara swamy (Atmalingam)
  • Mahaganapathi
  • Tamara gouri ammanavaru

Location :

Gokarna Sri Mahabaleswara Swami Temple
Koti Teertha Road, Kotiteertha, Dandebagh, Gokarna, Kumta Taluk
Uttara kannada district-581326

Timings :

  • Morning 06:00 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Evening 05:00 PM to 08:30 PM

Temple History :

Srikshetra Gokarna is one of the holiest places in the world. The Father of universe Parashiva is in Gokarna in the form of Athmalinga. The temple is located on the sea shore of the western sea. The Almighty, famous as Sri Mahabaleshwar is also known as the Sarvabhouma. This is also the place, where the most revered Hindu saint Adi Shankaracharya, who spread the spiritual knowledge from South to North all over India, established ShreeRamachandrapuraMath, the sacred and saintly Jagadguru Peetam.

The meaning of Gokarna is “Cow’s Ear”. This sacred place is located between the Gangavali and Agnashini river mouth and it is named for the Ear-shaped meeting of two rivers. It is also believed that Gokarna gets its name from the legend in which Lord Shiva emerged from the ear of a cow.In order to obtain the Athmalinga of Lord Shiva, Ravana performed severe penance at Kailasa and secured the Athmalinga. The Suras frightened by this approached Lord Ganesha and prayed to Him, to retain the Athmalinga at Gokarna. As the abode of the one and only one Athmalinga of Lord Shiva, Gokarna gained worldwide spiritual significance. This holy place is known as Bhookailasa and the Southern Varanasi. (Ref. Skandha Purana, Guru Charitra)

Gokarna Temple has been visited by several prominent historical personalities. The Vijayanagara Kingdom Emperor Krishnadevaraya visited the shrine and weighed himself in Gold here. The great ruler Shivaji often prayed at the shrine.As per the legends and mentions in the chapters of the epic Ramayana, Kaikesi who was the mother of Ravana worshiped Lord Shiva ardently. She used to make Lingas out of the beach sand and pray to them daily. However, every night the Linga used to get washed away by the sea. Seeing the distraught mother, Ravana promised to her that he will proceed to Mount Kailash and bring back Lord Shiva’s Atma Linga itself to her.

As per one legend, when Lord Shiva cursed Lord Brahma that he will not be worshiped because of his lie about finding the end of the endless beam of light emanating from Lord Shiva, Lord Brahma cursed him back stating that Lord Shiva will go to hell. It is believed that after going to the underworld, Lord Shiva appeared out through a cow’s ear, a metaphor for emerging out of an ear-shaped place (Mother Earth) known as Gokarna.

History: It is said that Ravana once did a severe penance at Mount Kailash to please Lord Shiva. Shiva pleased with his worship agreed to bestow boons on him and asked Ravana what he wants. In return, Ravana asked for Atma-Lingam. It is said that worshiping Atma-Lingam brings immortality. Shiva was so happy with Ravana that he granted him Atma-Lingam, But with a condition that he will not keep Atma-Linga on the ground till it reaches its final destination.Ravan was happy and agreed to this condition. Taking the Atma-Linga along with him, he started back when on the way he found that it is getting dark and he needs to perform his evening prayers. He saw a small boy playing and requested him to hold the Atma-Linga while is finished his evening prayers.The boy agreed but with a condition that if he finds it to be heavy and cannot hold further, he will call for him three times and if Ravana doesn’t come by that time, he will keep the Linga on the ground. Ravana agreed to this condition and handed over the linga to the little boy. While he was busy with the prayers, the little boy started calling out Ravana, but Ravana did not want to leave the prayers in between. The boy called his name three times and then kept the linga on the ground.

Ravan was very angry. He tried to lift the linga, but it did not come out. Ravana was so angry that he tried hitting the little boy and then the little boy came to his actual form and it was Lord Ganesha. Since Ravana has got Atma-Linga, this caused a lot of worry to Devas and they have requested Lord Ganesha to help.Hence it is said that you should visit Sri Ganesha temple which is situated, just before Sri Mahabaleshwara temple.

Festivals :

  • Ananga Trayodashi
  • Shivadamanotsava
  • Shiva Pavitraropanam
  • Dadhi Shikyotsava
  • Vijayotsava
  • Shivaganga Vivaha Nishchayotsava
  • Sri Mahabaleshwara Pratistha Mahotsav
  • Tripura Deepotsava
  • Shiva Parvathi Vivahotsava
  • Mahashivaratri
  • Maharathotsava
  • Avabhrutha, Ankurarpanam

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Sankalpa Pooja Mangalaarathi – Rs 25.00
  • Bilvarchana Pooja – Rs 51.00
  • Ashtottara Bilvarchana Pooja – Rs 101.00
  • Kumbhabhishek & Kshirabhishek Pooja – Rs 151.00
  • Panchamrutabhishek Pooja – Rs 251.00
  • Maha Panchamrutabhisheka Pooja (including Rudrabhisheka Pooja) – Rs 351.00
  • Navadhanya Abhisheka Pooja – Rs 501.00
  • Silver Nagabharana special Pooja – Rs 1101.00
  • Gold Nagabharana special Pooja – Rs 1501.00
  • Ashtottara Bilvarchana Pooja – Rs 2001.00 – Saswatha pooja
  • Kumbhabhishek & Kshirabhishek Pooja – Rs 2501.00 Saswatha pooja
  • Panchamrutabhishek Pooja – Rs 3001.00 – Saswatha pooja
  • Maha Panchamrutabhisheka Pooja (including Rudrabhisheka Pooja) – Rs 3501.00 — Saswatha pooja
  • Navadhanya Abhisheka Pooja – Rs 4001.00 Saswatha pooja
  • Silver Nagabharana special Pooja – Rs 5001.00 Saswatha pooja
  • Gold Nagabharana special Pooja – Rs 10001.00 Saswatha pooja
  • Pooja, Sparsha Darshan, Mangala Harathi and Udyanabali – 06:00 AM
  • Mahapooja preperation – 12:30 PM to 12:50 PM

Nearest Temples Around Gokarna Sri Mahabaleswara Swamy Temple :

  • Murudeshwar Sri Murudeshwara Swamy Temple – Uttara kannada district – 81.00 km
  • Kollur Sri Mookambika Temple – Udupi district – 139.00 km
  • Kumbashi Anegudde Vinayaka swamy temple – Udupi district – 148.00 km
  • Bandora Nagesh temple – North Goa district – 151.00 km
  • Bandora Sri Mahalakshmi Devi Temple – North Goa district – 151.00 km
  • Ponda Maruti temple – North Goa district – 153.00 km
  • Mangueshi Shree Mangeshi temple – North Goa district – 159.00 km
  • Marcel Sri Devaki Srikrishna Temple – Ponda(North Goa) – 168.00 km
  • Kavalem Sri Shantadurga Devi Temple – North Goa district – 171.00 km
  • Kavalem Gopal Ganapathi mandir – North Goa district – 171.00 km
  • Harvalem Rudreswar temple – North Goa district – 175.00 km
  • Surla Mahadev temple – North Goa district – 178.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Gokarna – 0.50 km
  • Kumta – 27.00 km
  • Ankola – 28.00 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Gokarna – 13.00 km
  • Ankola – 25.00 km
  • Kumta – 27.00 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Goa International Airport – 157.00 km
  • Belgaum Airport / Sambra Air Force Station,Belgaum – 257.00 km

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