Visit to Murudeshwara - Impact of Pandavas and Visit
Pandavas had visited this place and it is said that Yudhistira the eldest of the pandavas asked Bhima to fetch water from the ganges to perform pooja to the Lingam here. Bhima prayed to the Lord to bestow him the water. But when his entreaties failed, he banged his head against the earth, and hence Lord Shiva appeared before him. The Lord ordered that the Ganga would flow from the place where Bhima banged his head. Hence this spring on Kanduka hill is known as Bhima theertha. A bath in these theertha is supposed to bestow good health.
In the early 20th century this ancient temple was almost in ruin and in 1935 the inner sanctum was on the verge of collapse. Later Sri R.N. Shetty drawing inspiration from the Vivekananda rock memorial in Kanyakumari, too the initiative to reconstruct and renovate this temple. In 1977 he took up the services of hundreds of master sculptors from Tamilnadu and began his work on the temple. He used granite extensively, but cement and mortar were used only whenever necessary. The temple and Shiva’s statue was accessed by steps. The sanctum of the deity is gold plated. Also on the hill is the colorful life size images of Veda vyasa dictating Mahabharatha to Lord Ganesha.
At the edge of the cliff, facing the sea os the grand chariot of Suryanarayana (the Sun god). The depiction of Lord Krishna as the charioteer to Arjuna, in Kurukshetra is on the other end of the cliff. Near the main temple is a circular theatre where the sound and display presentation of the entire Atma lingam episode is played every few minutes.
How to visit Murudeshwara
Murudeshwara is 455 kms from Bangalore. It is at a deviation of 1km from the National highway 17, between the towns of Honnavar and Bhatkal (16kms). Those coming from Idagunji have to pass through Honnavar to come here. An arch is present at the entrance from the main highway to mark Murudeshwara. The town has a station and is on the konkan rail route. Mangalore (165 kms) is the nearest airport. Accomodation is available in the hotels and eateries around the temple. Plently is also available on the road to NH 17.