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Gokarna (ಗೊಕರ್ನ)

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Gokarna (ಗೊಕರ್ನ)
Primary Deity: Mahabaleswara (ಮಹಬಲೆಸ್ವರ)
Consorts: Gokarna Nayaki (ಗೊಕರ್ನ ನಯಕಿ)

Travel base, Address references
Located at: Gokarna
Travelbase: Gokarna, Karnataka, India

– 170 KMs (Approx.) from Mangalore

Legends and Notes
– Vinayakar (Dwibhuja Vinayakar shrine) is said to have tricked the demon Ravana into leaving behind a Shivalingam here in a legend similar to that at Tiruchirappalli. In spite of the might exerted by Ravana (Maha Bala), the Shivalingam stayed fixed, hence the name Mahabaleshwar. The pull exerted by Ravana, is said to have caused the Shivalingam to resemble the shape of a cow’s ear and hence the name Gokarnam. A very similar legend holds at the Vaidyanath – Jyotirlingam temple at Deogarh in Bihar

– The image of Vinayaka bears a dent, said to have been caused when Ravana, enraged at the loss of the Atma Lingam had hit him

– Also located around Gokarna are Sejjeshwara, Gunavanteshwara, Murudeshwara and Dhareshwara. These four temples along with Mahabaleshwara are known as the Pancha Maha Kshetras

Other Information
This temple is considered to be Siva Sthalam

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