Friday, November 2, 2018

Atmalinga - Gokarna

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Gokarna Temple

The Mahabaleshwar Temple, Gokarna is a 4th century  Hindu temple located in Gokarna, Uttara Kannada district, Karnataka state, India which is built in the classical Dravidian architectural style. It is a place of religious pilgrimage. The temple faces  the Arabian Sea in which Hindu pilgrims cleanse before visiting the temple for worship. The temple is considered as Dakshin Kashi(Varanasi) as the Shiva temple at Varanasi or Kashi in North India on the banks of the Ganga River. Hence, the Mahabaleshwar temple, Gokarna is known as the Dakshin Kasi ("Kasi of the south"). The temple deifies the Atmalinga(The Atma of Shiva) "the reality of God which can be captured by the mind". it is said that the deity(Atmalinga) of the temple will bestow immense blessings to devotees irrespective of religion &, even to those who only glimpse it.



The temple is one of the seven sacred Muktikshetras or Muktistala ("places of salvation") in Karnataka. It is a place where many Hindus of Karnataka perform obsequies (death rites) for their departed. The six other Muktikshetras in Karnataka are at UdupiKollur, Subrahmanya, Kumbasi, Koteshvara and Sankaranarayana

According to legend, the Atmalinga was perforce placed at Gokarna, in the temple precincts where it is now deified. It was Ravana, the demon King of Lanka, known from the epicRavana had carried it there from Mount Kailash in the Himalayas

TEMPLE TIMINGS: Morning 6am to 12.30pm, Evening: 5pm to 8 pm.


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