100 Karnataka Wonders: Part 5 (Post No.4170)

Murudeshwar temple

Compiled by London Swaminathan

 

Date: 28 August 2017

 

Time uploaded in London- 17-44

 

Post No. 4170

Pictures shown here are taken from various sources such as Facebook friends, Books, Google, Wikipedia and newspapers; thanks.

 

Tumakuru District

 

 

83.TUMKUR (TUMAKURU)

Vijayanagar period Laksminarayanaswamy temple is the oldest temple here.

 

84.TURUVEKERE

The large sculpture of Nandhi (bull) is splendidly carved out of a single black stone in front of Gangadhareswara Temple. Three impressive temples with Hoysala inscriptions are in the town.

 

85.SIDDHAGANGA KSHETRA

There is a Gurukula type of higher education centre is in the town. The waters of a natural spring here is considered to be sacred.

 

Udupi District

86.UDUPI

The important Vaishnavite pilgrim and cultural centre. It is the centre of most famous Krishna temple. Also famous for its South Indian cuisine. All over South India we have Udupi Bhavans (restaurants).

87.UDUPI KRISHNA TEMPLE

The temple is associated with Sri Madhwacharya, founder of the Dwaitha philosophy.The Paryaya festival held once in two years attracts large a number of devotees from all oover the country.

 

88.KALLIANPUR

Centre of many temple and relics of an old fort.

89.KARKAL

It is known for a 12-8 metre high monolith of Lord Gmateswara, a Jain sage. Important Jain centre.

 

90.MALPE

A quiet and beautiful beach is here.

91.MANIPAL

Famous for its educational institutions.

92.MARAVANTHE
Centre of Water Sports. West Coast Highway is spectacular. Beautiful spot with lush green hills on one side and delta of river Sauparnika on the other side.

 

Uttar Kannada District

93.KARWAR

Excellent beach at the mouth of Kali river. It is angler’s paradise. Sadashivgahta Hill Fort, Naganath Temple, Baithkola Beach, Karwar Harbour are frequented by tourists. Karwar is famous for its muslin factory as well.

94.ATTIVERI BIRD SANCTUARY

79 species of birds are seen. Migratory birds from various countries also flock to the sanctuary.

 

95.THE TIBETAN UNIVERSITY
It is near mundgod. Students from different countries come here to study Buddhist Philosophy.

  1. DANDELI

Industrial Centre; Gateway to the famous Dandeli wildlife sanctuary.

97.GOKARNA

Gokarna means Ear of the cow. According to legend, Rudra Shiva arrived here shortly after the creation of the earth, squeezing through the ear of the earth. An important beach centre.

98.MAHABALESWAR TEMPLE

Magnificent Shiva temple perched on a hillock near the beach. Temple is famous for its Atmalinga.

 

99.KUDLE BEACH AND OM BEACH

Kudle beach is on the southern side of Gokarna. Om beach resembles the sacred Hindu symbol OM.

  1. MURUDESHWAR

Atop the hill is famous temple of Lord Shiva, enshrining the Linga. Beach is clean and unspoilt. The view of the sea from the hill is awe inspiring.

 

101.YANA

Twin peaks of Bairaveshwara Shikara

and Mohini Shikara (shikara = peak) are venerated by the locals. Mahashivarathri festival is very popular.

102.HONNAVAR

New bridge across the Sharavati river dominates the landscape.

103.THREE WATER FALLS

APSARA KONDA FALLS, LUSHINGTON FALLS AND MAGOD FALLS are beauty spots.

 

SUMMARY OF THE WONDERS

The world’s largest Venna (appr.10 ft long) is in Sringeri.

The world’s largest account book is in Government museum in Shivamogga.

Indi\’s highest water fall Jog Falls is near Shmogga.

Biggest bulls (Shiva’s bull) made up of monoliths (single stone) are in several temples.

Mysuru palace has the biggest gold throne weighing 200 kilos.

 

In Belur, Halebidu and Somnathpur several thousands of sculptures ae there. Marching elephants, Gods are all differently carved. The don’t like similar.

 

Statues of Jain saint Gamateswara are in two different places. The Maha Mastaka Abisheka of Gomateswara is in Srvanabelagola. It is 57 ft tall. The ceremony held every 12 years is colourful.

 

–subahm–

 

-subham–

 

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