Location: Mahabaleshwar Temple is one of the most renowned as well as major temples located in Gokarna, Mysore.
Description: Mahabaleshwar Temple is a Hindu pilgrimage centre dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is located on the shores of Arabian Sea in the sacred town of Gokarna and is greatly revered by the devotees belonging to Hindu religion. There is a great legend associated with the Mahabaleshwar Temple of Mysore. It is believed that the King Mayursharma, the ruler of Kadamba dynasty, constructed this temple in a classical Dravidian style. Kalidasa, the great epic writer, mentioned the Lord of Gokarna in his Raghuvamsha belonging to 4th century. The temple is actually a large group of shrines. According to some legends, Shiva Lingam was installed in this temple by the King of Lanka, as defined in Hindu epic “Ramayana”. This temple has served as a place of salvation for the Hindu devotees of Karnataka and they perform all the funeral rites in this temple.
Activities: Shivratri is the most important festival celebrated in the temple in February month of every year. During this festival, a rathyatra is held in which deities including Lord Shiva are kept in the chariot and pulled through the town by devotees, who enchant prayers in the honor of the deity.