Gokarna is a small pilgrimage town in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. The word meaning of Gokarna is Cow's Ear. It is said that it is here Lord Shiva emerged from the ear of a cow (Prithvi, the Mother Earth). The place is also located at the ear-shaped confluence of two rivers Gangavali and Aghanashini. There are five popular beaches in Gokarna namely Gokarna Beach, Kudlee Beach, Om Beach, Half Moon Beach, and Paradise Beach. The beaches near Gokarna have rental holiday homes.
This place is also an important centre of Sanskrit learning housing Bhandikeri Math and Toggu Math. It is here the famous Murudeshwara temple situated. You can find here the World’s second largest statue of Lord Shiva. This is a must visit place in Gokarna.
Mahabaleshwar Temple is a well-known Shiva Temple in Gokarna. This is the seat of the 'Atmalinga' of Lord Shiva. The idol of Lord Shiva is also known as Nagabharana as the Lord Shiva here rests under the head of Naga.
Maha Ganapathi Temple about 1500 years old is another famous tourist spot in Gokarna. The deity here is two-armed, and is in a standing position.
Kotitheertha is a man-made pond used for immersion of idols and ritual bathing. The tank is located behind the Kotitirthesvara temple. It is surrounded by temples.
The other main places to visit here include Uma Maheshwara Temple, Bhadrakali Temple, Tamra Gauri Temple, Venkataramana Temple.
The festival celebrated with great enthusiasm here is Shivaratri. Thousands of devotees visit this place during the nine-day Maha Shivaratri festival.
The best time to visit here is from October to March. Gokarna is well connected by rail and road transport. The nearest airport to Gokarna is in Dabolim, Goa.
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