Mahabaleshwar Temple is one of the most important Shiva temples in India. It is considered one of the seven sacred Muktikshetras (places of salvation) in Hindu mythology. The temple is mentioned in ancient Hindu scriptures such as Skanda Purana and Mahabharata, enhancing its religious significance. This temple displays beautiful Dravidian style architecture and is known for its intricate carvings and magnificence.
The statue of the Mahabaleshwar temple is a lingam (an abstract representation of Lord Shiva) is called Atmalinga. According to legend, this Linga was brought to Gokarna by Ravana, the demon king of Lanka, who was a devotee of Lord Shiva. Ravana received the Atmalinga as a blessing from Lord Shiva himself, but with the condition that he would not put it down until he reached his destination.
What is the speciality of Mahabaleshwar Temple?
The speciality about Mahabaleshwar Temple is thecarved stone idol of Lord Shiva represented in a standing position that is 1500 years old.This temple displays a beautiful Dravidian style architecture and is known for its intricate carvings that still remains unique when compared to other Shiva temples. Since Mahabaleshwar Temple is located on the shores of the Arabian Sea it offers the devotees and the nature lovers a stunning view of the scenic beauty.
Entry \ Darshan time – 6 am to 12:30 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm every day.
Best time to visit –. October to February
Dress code – For men only dhoti is allowed. For women only salwar suit and sarees are allowed.
Festivals - Mahashivratri is the main festival celebrated here at Mahabaleshwar Temple
How to reach Mahabaleshwar temple?
Goa airport is the nearest to reach Mahabaleshwar temple. Drive from Goa airport to Mahabaleshwar temple covers about 151 km.