Sri Mahabaleshwara Swamy Temple




Mahabaleswar Swamy temple is a Shiva temple at Gokarna of Karnataka, India. The temple featured the Dravidian architecture in the 4th century. The image of lord shiva is original as per the belief.

A slight glimpse is good enough for the blessings of God as per the local tales. This temple is one of the muktistalas in Karnataka. Mahabaleshwar is regarded as one of the mukthishetras.

The demon king Ravana placed atmalinga at Gokarna. He brought it from mount Kailash of Himalayas. King Mayura Sharma of the Kadamba dynasty built the temple. Dakshin Kashi is its other name, for it is as a holy place as Kashi in north India.

The Gokarna Mahabaleshwar temple lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea. Green plants between Gangavali and Aganashini rivers enrich the surroundings of this ancient temple.


Stala Puranam Of Sri Mahabaleshwara Swamy Temple:

Ravana’s mother used to worship Shiva Linga for the prosperity of her kingdom. The lord Indra was envious about her devotion toward Shiva. So, Indra stole the statue and threw it in the sea. The Ravan’s mother sensed that her worship was hindered.

On this, Ravana promised her mother to bring the Atma Linga. He worshipped Lord Shiva on the Himalayas and chopped his heads. Shiva was so impressed that he gave aathmalinga to him. But, the aathamalinga was not supposed to be placed down from hands. If Ravan does that, the linga will be rooted in that place. 

Ravana accepted Shiva’s condition. In the evening, Ravana went for a bath and handed over aathamalinga to the cowboy and asked him not to keep it on the ground until he returned. Cowboy agreed that he would keep it down if Ravana did not return by calling Ravana thrice. Lord Ganesh tricked Ravana in the form of the cowboy. He kept the aathalinga down after calling Ravana three times, and Ravana had not returned. 

Later, when Ravana tried to lift, it stuck and became gigantic. Ravana named it "Mahabaleshwar." Ravana chased the boy and his cows; unfortunately, all of them disappeared except one cow. So, Ravana chased the cow and caught hold of its ear. Thus, the name "Gokarna" was derived from this incident.


Sculptures and Architecture

Granite architecture flaunts the classical Dravidian style of design and construction. The temple was built during King Mayura Sharma of the Kadamba dynasty in the 4th century CE.

The stone sculpture of Lord Shiva and the Atma Lingam enclosed within the Shaligrama Peetha are the era's architectural marvels. Maha Ganapati, Thamira Gowri(Goddess Parvati), Chandikeswara, Dattatreya, Gokarnanayagi, and Aadi Gokarneswara are the shrines that surround the Mahabaleshwar Temple.


Mahabaleshwar Temple, Gokarna – The Legend

The demon king Ravana performed a relentless penance to please Lord Shiva after his mother had expressed the desire for the original Atma Linga of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva granted Ravana two wishes after his sincere efforts.

Mahabaleshwar Temple is the misplaced adobe to the original Atma Linga of Shiva from its first home at Mount Kailash in the Himalayas in the backdrop of this legend. 


Festivals at Sri Mahabaleshwara Swamy Temple

Maha Shivaratri and Rath Yatra are the main festivities that take place with full enthusiasm at the temple. 



  • Sunday : 06:00 am to 08:00 pm
  • Monday : 06:00 am to 08:00 pm
  • Tuesday : 06:00 am to 08:00 pm
  • Wednesday : 06:00 am to 08:00 pm
  • Thursday : 06:00 am to 08:00 pm
  • Friday : 06:00 am to 08:00 pm
  • Saturday : 06:00 am to 08:00 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.


How to Reach

  • Taxi : You can board a taxi to get to the temple. Regular buses also run from different places like Kumta, Kanwar, or Bangalore. The nearest bus station is just a km away from the temple.
  • Bus : Many buses are available from central cities to Gokarna.
  • Train : The nearest station Ankola, is around 20 kilometers from the temple.
  • Air : Hire a taxi from the nearest airport Goa (155 kilometers), to reach the Gokarna temple.


Ticket Pricing

  • Entry Charge : Everyone has free entry for darshan. Sri Mahabaleshwara Swamy Temple Gokarna Pooja and Seva charges.
  • Sankalpa pooja Mangala Arathi : 25/-...
  • bilvarchana : 51/-...
  • Ashtottara bilvarchana pooja : 101/-...
  • Kumbhabhishek and kshirabhishek pooja : 151/-...
  • Panchamruthabhisheka pooja : 251/-...
  • Maha panchamutrabhisheka pooja : 251/-...
  • Navadhayna abhisheka pooja : 501/-...
  • Silver nagabharana special pooja : 1,101/-...
  • Gold nagabharana special pooja : 1,501/-...
  • Ashtottara bilvarchana pooja : 2,001/-...
  • Kumbhabhishek and kshirabhishek pooja : 2,501/-...
  • Panchamrutabhisheka pooja : 3,001/-...
  • Maha panchamruthabhisheka pooja : 3,501/-...
  • Navadanya abhisheka pooja : 4,001/-...
  • Silver nagabharana special pooja : 5,001/-...
  • Gold nagabharana special pooja : 10,001/-...

Things to Do

  • Banana boating, snorkeling, parasailing, and trekking are the activities to explore at Om Beach near the temple.
  • At Cocopelli surf school, you learn how to surf and enjoy the waves.
  • Murudeshwar is a hub for water sports activities that you can try.
  • Anna prasadam is distributed free twice a day from 12 pm to 2 pm and 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm. you can have prasadam during your trip.


Visiting Places around the temple

Some famous temples lie in Gokarna.

Sri Maha Ganapathi temple: The maha Ganapathi temple was built in reverence of Siddha Ganapathi in the Gokarna temple. Ganesha saved athamalinga from the demon king Ravana.  

Gogarbha:  Athmalinga was deified on the earth and later vanished in the cow's form to the nearby hill station. This hill station now serves as the rest house for saints. 

As per folklore, Sadhus enter Gogarbha to reach Kashi's holy city as the final destination for pilgrims. 

The Temple of Bharat: An idol of Rama with Ramatheertha was consecrated in this temple around the Mahabaleshwar temple. 

Kotitheertha: The Kotitheertha is a human-made pond for devotees to take a bath before entering the Mahabaleshwar temple. Immersion of idols and ritual bathing are also performed at Kotitheertha.


Sri Mahabaleshwara Swamy Temple Gokarna, Koti Teertha Road, Kotiteertha, Dandebagh, Gokarna, Karnataka, India

Rating & Reviews

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Vijay Gonela
Vijay Gonela
09/15/2020 20:53
Very devotional. Temple is closed due to Covid.
08/31/2020 05:19
TEMPLE Shiva temple Under Ramachandrapura Matta Right next to the beach Parking space is available near beach Walkable distance from the parking spot to temple Lots of shopping complex One among the series of temples that you can visit near Udupi Krishna and Kollur Mookambika You can continue from Gokarna to Goa or to Murdeswara
sachin talekar
sachin talekar
09/06/2020 22:51
It's beautiful place, rules r been strictly followed in most of the temple over there. No cellphones allowed inside, guy's have to remove their shirt and wearing short pants is not allowed . For guys and girls both your clothes should cover till below the knee otherwise u can't enter inside the temple ,so wait outside and take blessing and this is only in few temple's over there
Pavan Kumar
Pavan Kumar
09/06/2020 12:27
No Darshanam in temple we r very disappointed in this place😣
11/27/2019 08:37
Nice place to visit with cool climate and surrounding is also clean. There is also a beach near temple where people can have lots of fun and enjoyment. Most epic view is of night sky with lots of stars must see it.

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