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Address: Main Street, Gokarna, India
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Entrance of this temple has plenty of women selling flowers which can be given to the temple poojari. He ll put these flowers into lord Shiva's lingam. The shiva lingam is having... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Entrance of this temple has plenty of women selling flowers which can be given to the temple poojari. He ll put these flowers into lord Shiva's lingam. The shiva lingam is having a pit on its centre and the water present inside the pit is considered holy.On the left of the entrance you can see cows and oxen. Temple architecture... More 

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Kolkata
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Mahabaleshwar temple no doubt holds importance of Shiva in Linga form linking the story of Ravana and how Ganesh in the form of sage managed to install Linga here before Ravana could take it to Lanka ..but opposite to the belief this is a place where "God proposes and Man disposes " ..it was commercialized with priests hovering all... More 

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Pune, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Shiva linga was obtained by Ravana through penance to be taken by him to Lanka. However, Ganesha tricked him and it got placed here for our benefit!!

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Thank hoskote_c
Pune, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice temple. But you need to be prepared to face long queue. So either plan your visit time or be ready for the queue

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Thank gaikwadkiran
Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for Hindus and shiv bhakts to visit this place. As this is a tourist place, you will find many foreigners roaming around and a pity that they are barred from entering the temple. The temple is grand but ill maintained. The pundits are all forcing you to do puja and puja. Temple surroundings are not that clean either.

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Thank Kiran K
Anantapur, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As the Gokarna is very ancient town..the temple at gokarna was dedicated to lord mahabaleswara ( Shiva) temple..it was athmalingam. when ravana worshipped the lord..when ravana want to have bath in the sea, he handed over the lingam to a boy who was originaly lord ganesha in child form..after some time he kept athmalingam on the floor ..the lingam had... More 

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have given 5 stars for this temple, being a Hindu, but even for foreigners it can be given 4 stars for the History and heritage structure of the temple. it is said the temple was built by Mayurasharma of the Kadamba Dynasty during the years 345 to 365 AD. later, it was improved in the 4th century. Vijayanagara Emperor... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

The temple gives us a pleasant feeling. There is some vibrance, and the positive aura is felt in the temple. It's said that the lingam in the temple is the one that Lord Ganesh, in a Shepard's form, took from Demon Ravan and puts on earth, which Ravan forbids the Shepard from doing. This temple is thus called Bhu-kailas. Expected... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

This is such a good place. I could feel the raw energy inside the temple. Though it is as crowded as any other Temple, it is very powerful and you can feel it

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

We kept approximately 1 hour for our visit to the temple, but the temple was extremely crowded, we stayed in the line for an hour and still could not be inside, we had to do the darshan from outside as we had a bus to catch. I do not know if it was because it is holiday time or in... More 

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