Gokarna Temple History, Mahabaleshwar, Timings and Route map. In fact, Om beach has become a tourist resort. Kudle and Om are around 6 km from Gokarna town along a muddy hill; they are accessible by rickshaw or foot. Once upon a time I’d make it out to Gokarna every birthday but after getting hitched in marriage it became kind of difficult to run away to freedom and adventure too often…still, when family or friends turn up and say let’s go Gokarna, I’m always ready to go say hello to Lord Mahabaleshwar and renew familiarity with this ancient pilgrim temple town (often described as the Kashi of the South but this epithet applies to many other temples too). Dhareshwar, Gunavanteshwara, Mrudeshwar and Shejjeshwar temples. There were hardly any priests or pilgrims to be seen. Lord Siva here called by Mahabaleshwar. Gokarna is a place filled with historical and mythological tales. These demised people are unable to perform self extrication, and therefore need to perform all the deeds in this holy region. We returned to Stone Wood Nature Resort for the reluctant return trip to Goa and home, my usual feelings of I-never-want-to-go-home assailing me anew for a while; we could have spent at least two nights in Gokarna I harped…this is the last time I’m going out to Gokarna with company! In order that Brahma who out of arrogance arising out of his power to create the universe, sat penancing to redeem himself from curse of Shiva, Lord Shiva appeared in front of him from the ears of a cow. Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) runs long-journey buses from cities like Panaji, Bengaluru and Mangalore. It is the only temple in the country with a icon of Ravana, who kidnapped Sita, wife of Ram. To this day I say there are only two tragedies in life when we pray: One when we pray and get our prayers answered, and two when we pray and don’t get our prayers answered! The temple is dedicated to the Goddess Uma, wife of Lord Shiva, who is also considered to be the protector of the town. Since the beaches could not be accessed by vehicles the hippies climbed and walked the cliff-side route to visit the other beaches which formed part of the Om beach. Even for people or family members, though they do not have any such Pithru Dosha, the above said Bali and Shraadha are performed, ending with Rudragaya Shraadha, thereby attaining Moksha for 7 before generations also for the next 7 generations. There’s surely more to all this than meets the eye and for me personally the temple will always remain a sort of home away from whatever home I imagine in the imagination of my perennially wandering mind! The rush of priests swamping you to do puja was totally missing. The gods approach Lord Shiva for solution to deal with the arrogant raksha (deman). They even sold dhotis at the entrance of the temple in the courtyard to scantily dressed visitors so that they may be better attired in the temple and nobody would be affected by too much naked skin on display. WORKING FROM HOME WILL HIT PROPERTY PRICES! Located just few kilometres away from Mahabaleshwar Temple, Maha Ganapati Temple is a renowned shrine with a 1.3 metre high black stone idol of Lord Ganesha. And Shree Kshetra Gokarna Rudragaya HariHareshwara Temple is the holy place where the conclave of Hari (Lord Vishnu) and Hara (Lord Shiva) occured, when Lord Vishnu prayed for the benovelence of Lord Shiva’s blessing. An adventurous good thing we did next day early morning was hire one of the autoriksha which zip up and down this hill of tucked away resorts, to go out to a point where a winding and breathtaking stony staircase led us down to lovely Om beach, a most lovely reclusive beach; in another younger or lonely vintage age I might have pitched a tent and stayed overnight here just to wake up to the symphonies of the sea – now there’s a Namaste resort here at one end with a tempting café offering amongst other creature comforts, tattoo art services too…much else I dare say, whatever you’re looking for. The temple is on par in holiness as the Shiva temple at Kashi on the Ganga river and so Gokarna is known as Dakshin Kasi or “Kasi of the south.” His accurate astro-reading and flawless ritual process has been considered a boon to many. Ganapati agreed to hold the linga on one condition that he would do so till he would be able to bear the weight of linga and that thereafter he would call Ravana three times and if failed to come to him by then he would place the linga on the earth. Gokarna is about 238 km north of Mangalore, 483 km from Bengaluru and about 59 km from Karwar. He became a very cruel king and tortured people but remained a bhakt of Shiva. Hence the name Gokarna. Your email address will not be published.