Gokarna


A small town on banks of Arabian sea, Gokarna, literally meaning Cow’s Ear, is a temple town in the Uttara Kannada district of the Karnataka. As per Hindu mythology, Cow has a special religious place as Mother Earth. It is believed that Lord Rudra (another name for Shiva) was sent to Patalaloka by Brahma (the creator) to undergo penance. He eventually emerged from the ear of a cow named Prithvi synonym for the Mother Earth and hence the name of Gokarna. Thus this place served Rudra as a womb and so, this place is also known as Rudra Yoni and Adi Gokarna. Gokarna is placed at the ear-shaped confluence of two rivers Gangavali and Aghanashini, a natural picturesque scene anybody can never forget.

Gokarna is located in the state of Karnataka, an hour south of the Goa border. It’s around 4

A small town on banks of Arabian sea, Gokarna, literally meaning Cow’s Ear, is a temple town in the Uttara Kannada district of the Karnataka. As per Hindu mythology, Cow has a special religious place as Mother Earth. It is believed that Lord Rudra (another name for Shiva) was sent to Patalaloka by Brahma (the creator) to undergo penance. He eventually emerged from the ear of a cow named Prithvi synonym for the Mother Earth and hence the name of Gokarna. Thus this place served Rudra as a womb and so, this place is also known as Rudra Yoni and Adi Gokarna. Gokarna is placed at the ear-shaped confluence of two rivers Gangavali and Aghanashini, a natural picturesque scene anybody can never forget.

Gokarna is located in the state of Karnataka, an hour south of the Goa border. It’s around 450 kilometers (280 miles) from Bangalore, the state capital.

It has been attracting for hundreds of years. Gokarna is also an important center of Sanskrit learning and houses Bhandikeri Math and Toggu Math. Many Hindus perform the last rites of a person here.

Mahabaleshwara:This is one of the major temples here. It houses the famous Atmalinga here. It is a very major attraction here. Before worshipping at the Mahabaleshwara temple, there is a custom that one has to bathe in the sea and pay respect to a Shivalingam, made out of sand.

On his way back to Lanka, Ravana stops for a prayer in Gokarana. Ganesha disguises himself as a Brahman boy and tells Ravana that he will hold the Atmalinga till he finishes his prayers on the condition that he would hold it till he can bear its weight and thereafter he would call Ravana three times. If Ravana failed to come back in time he would place the Atmalinga on the ground. Before Ravana could come he places the Atmalinga on the ground it firmly gets attached to the Earth..

Other Temples In Gokarna:

Maha Ganapathi Temple built in honour of the boy Ganapathi, who deceived the demon Ravana.

Uma Maheshwari Temple

Bhadrakali Temple

Varadraj Temple

Tamra-Gauri Temple

Venkataramana Temple

Kotiteertha is a man-made tank that is used for immersion of idols and ritual bathing. It is surrounded by temples.

Kudle Beach: A beautiful, kilometer-long white sand beach surrounded by palm trees. At this beach there are simple huts and beach side eating places. You need to bring your own bedding. There is fresh water here.

OM Beach: The beach got its name because it is shaped like the auspicious Om sign. There are some really basic huts and some teashops to eat at. Many Indian pilgrims visit OM Beach on Sundays by bus and holidays to see the sites. Best to come here on the weekdays.

Fresh coconuts are widely available as are delicious lassis. You may be able to find beer (a 30 rupees bottle will cost you around 60 rupees) at any of the guesthouse restaurants on Om Beach. most have harder liqueur that you would have to ask for, since it’s not legal for the restaurants to sell harder alcohol.

gokarnagokarna-1gokarna3Traveling
Air:

The nearest airport is at Bangalore (157 kms), regular flights of Indian and Jet Air connect Bangalore to the main areas of the country

Rail:

Nearest station is Hassan (57 Km) and Bangalore is (157 Km away). Taxi or cars are the other options from here.

 

50 kilometers (280 miles) from Bangalore, the state capital.

It has been attracting for hundreds of years. Gokarna is also an important center of Sanskrit learning and houses Bhandikeri Math and Toggu Math. Many Hindus perform the last rites of a person here.

Mahabaleshwara:This is one of the major temples here. It houses the famous Atmalinga here. It is a very major attraction here. Before worshipping at the Mahabaleshwara temple, there is a custom that one has to bathe in the sea and pay respect to a Shivalingam, made out of sand.

On his way back to Lanka, Ravana stops for a prayer in Gokarana. Ganesha disguises himself as a Brahman boy and tells Ravana that he will hold the Atmalinga till he finishes his prayers on the condition that he would hold it till he can bear its weight and thereafter he would call Ravana three times. If Ravana failed to come back in time he would place the Atmalinga on the ground. Before Ravana could come he places the Atmalinga on the ground it firmly gets attached to the Earth..

 Other Temples In Gokarna:

Maha Ganapathi Temple built in honour of the boy Ganapathi, who deceived the demon Ravana.

Uma Maheshwari Temple

Bhadrakali Temple

Varadraj Temple

Tamra-Gauri Temple

Venkataramana Temple

Kotiteertha is a man-made tank that is used for immersion of idols and ritual bathing. It is surrounded by temples.

 Kudle Beach: A beautiful, kilometer-long white sand beach surrounded by palm trees. At this beach there are simple huts and beach side eating places. You need to bring your own bedding. There is fresh water here.

 OM Beach: The beach got its name because it is shaped like the auspicious Om sign. There are some really basic huts and some teashops to eat at. Many Indian pilgrims visit OM Beach on Sundays by bus and holidays to see the sites. Best to come here on the weekdays.

 Fresh coconuts are widely available as are delicious lassis. You may be able to find beer (a 30 rupees bottle will cost you around 60 rupees) at any of the guesthouse restaurants on Om Beach. most have harder liqueur that you would have to ask for, since it’s not legal for the restaurants to sell harder alcohol.

 gokarnagokarna-1gokarna3Traveling
Air:

The nearest airport is at Bangalore (157 kms), regular flights of Indian and Jet Air connect Bangalore to the main areas of the country

Rail:

Nearest station is Hassan (57 Km) and Bangalore is (157 Km away). Taxi or cars are the other options from here.