ATMALINGA TEMPLE

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Location : Gokarna, Karnataka
Known As : Mahabala
Specialty : Six Feet Tall Lingam


Gokarna is famous for the Atmalinga in the ancient temple located here. The six feet tall Shivalingam is enclosed inside the 'peetham', and it can be seen only once in 40 years, when the 'Ashta Bandana Kumbhabhishekam' is performed.

There are also shrines to Vinayaka, Chandikeswara, Adi Gokarneswara and Dattatreya. Gokarnanayaki is also known as Taamragowri, and her shrine is behind the sanctum.

Legend
According to legend, Lord Ganapathi tricked Ravana into putting down the Linga after long penance.

But Ravana was unable to lift the linga from the ground again. And ever since the linga came to be known as Mahabala.

HOW TO GET THERE
Air: Goa is the nearest airport.
Rail: The nearest railhead is at Hubli.
Road: Karwar is 60 kms by road.



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