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Sri Murdeswarar temple
Moolavar: Murdeswarar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: -
  Thala Virutcham: -
  Theertham: -
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 500 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Bhatkal
  District: Uttara Kannada
  State: Karnataka
  Eight day Brahmmotsavan beginning on the first day of Thai month corresponding about January 14 with car festival; Maha Shivrathri in February-March; Navarathri in September-October and Karthikai Deepam in November-December are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  Lord Shiva idol in the temple is 123 feet tall with four hands in a sitting form. This is the second tallest Shiva idol in the world.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 3.00 p.m. to 8.15 p.m.  
  Sri Murdeswarar Temple, Patkal, Uttara Kannada district, Karnataka.  
  +91 8385 268 524, 290 169 
 General Information:
  There are shrines for Lords Ganapathy, Subramaniar, Dattatreyar and Sri Anjaneya and Navagrahas the nine planets.  A temple is also there below the giant Lord Shiva idol.  The idol shows Lord Sri Rama and Mother Sita worshipping Lord Shiva.  There is a separate shrine for Sani Bhagwan.  The temple also provides a sea tour for the devotees with its boats.  
  People pray for removal of obstacles in wedding proposals, to shine in education, for child and job boons.  They also perform 108 Kalasa Abishek to Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi to be free from the fear of death and enemy threats. 
Thanks giving:
  Devotees offer Pancha Gajjaya nivedhana, a preparation made with jaggery, pulse flour, cardamom, Dhil and ghee. This is then offered as prasad to devotees. Those facing adverse aspects of serpent planets Rahu and Ketu pray in the Nagar (snake idols) shrine with Pakku flowers. 
 Greatness Of Temple:
  Besides the 108 Kalasa abishek prayer, devotees sit with all family members and conduct a puja called Sarva Seva for relief from various adverse aspects on them.  They offer Panja Gajjaya as nivedhana.  Devotees perform Rudrabisheka to Lord and Mother for relief from threats of enemies and death.
There is a lamp in the shrine of Lord Murdeswara which is ever burning.  Devotees pour oil and put coins in the lamp and see their faces in the oil which blesses them with all prosperity.
The 20 tier Raja Gopuram of the temple is 237.5 feet tall.  Presiding deity Lord Murdeswara is two feet tall.  But the Shiva Idol in a sitting form with four hands behind the temple is 123 feet tall.  This is the second tallest Shiva idol in the world.  The Nandhi before Shiva is also in a giant size.  (The tallest Shiva idol, Kailashnath Mahadeva in Nepal is 143 feet tall.)  There are also idols in the temple as Ravana giving the Shiva Linga idol to Lord Ganapathy, Siddhas in penance, Lord Shiva in Kailash, Geethopadesa and Sun.
  Temple History:
  Ravana undertook a penance in Kailash to get a Prana Linga from Lord Shiva.  If Ravana succeeded in getting the Linga, Devas would lose their authority, said Sage Naradha to Indira.  Before Indira reached Lord Shiva, Ravana received the Linga from Lord Shiva on the condition that It should not be placed on ground till he reached Lanka.  If so placed on the ground, it could not be taken back again.
Lord Vishnu decided to seize the Linga from Ravana.  Lord Vishnu knows that  Ravana would never miss the evening worship – Sandhyavandhana.  He placed His discus between earth and heaven causing darkness. Ravana had to perform the Sandhyavandhana then.  Lord Vinayaka incidentally came to the place in the guise of Brahmmachari-celebate.  Ravana requested Him to keep the Linga in His hands till he returned from his evening worship.  Vinayaka accepted to oblige Ravana on condition that He would call him thrice if the weight was heavy for Him to bear and would drop it down if Ravana did not respond.  Ravana accepted the condition.  The Devas applied weight of the three worlds on the Prana Linga.  Lord Ganapathi called Ravana thrice.  As he was deep in his worship, Ganapathi placed the Linga on the ground as it was too heavy for Him to keep on hand.  Angry Ravana lost the Linga but could only hit the head of Vinayaka.  When he tried to shake and take the Prana Linga with all the might of his 20 hands, the Linga broke into four pieces.  One fell at Patkal.  Lord Murdeswarar Temple came into being in this place.
Special Features:
  Miracle Based: The second tallest Shiva idol – 123 feet tall – with four hands in a sitting form is in this temple behind the sanctum sanctorum.
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