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Famous Temples in Karnataka
Karnataka is a state in South India. Tourists and devotees from all parts of the world throng to various temples that are spread across the state.
Here is a brief overview of popular temples in Karnataka.
Kollur Mookambika Temple
Located in Kollur in Udupi district, at the foot of Western Ghats, this ancient Hindu temple is dedicated to Mookambika, the supreme mother. The temple is believed to be created by Parashurama, an avatar of Lord Vishnu. All the three forms of the goddess are worshipped here. She is worshipped as Maha Kali (goddess of power) in the morning, Maha Lakshmi (goddess of wealth) in the noon and Maha Saraswati (goddess of knowledge) in the evening. Here Mookambika is in the form of Jyotir-Linga, which combines both Shakti and Shiva. The temple is well-known for its beauty and aesthetics.
Bahubali Gomateshwara Temple
Located in Shravanabelagola, this temple is well-known for the 59 ft high Gommateshwara statue made of granite. The statue is a monolith. It was made in 10th century CE. It is on a hill named Vindhyagiri. Around 620 steps provide access to this temple from bottom of the hill. A marble statue of Chandra Natha Theerthankara is placed in an enclosure within the same complex of Gomateswara Temple. It is a pilgrimage centre for Jains.
Located in Hampi, on the southern bank of River Tungabhadra, this temple is an ornate structure. It is dedicated to Vittala, a form of Lord Vishnu. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is well-known for its excellent architecture. The highlights of Vittala Temple are its pillars and the stone chariot. Actually this beautiful temple was never finished or consecrated, yet the temple’s incredible sculptural work remains the pinnacle of Vijayanagar art.
Sri Srikanteshwaraswamy Temple
Located in Nanjangud, this temple is the largest temple in Karnataka. Located on the banks of River Kapila, this temple covers an area of around 50,000 square feet. The Shiva Linga in the temple is believed to be installed by the sage Gauthama. Due to the presence of this temple, Nanjangud is known as Dakshina Kashi or Varanasi of South India. It is a popular pilgrimage center for Hindus.
Located in Gokarna, this temple was built in 4th century CE. It is on the shores of the Arabian Sea. This granite temple is in Dravidian architecture. A Shiva Linga known as the Atmalinga is worshipped in this Mahabaleshwar temple. This Shaiva pilgrimage centre is as important as Kashi and Rameshwara pilgrimage centers for Hindus.
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