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Shree Mahaganapati Temple @ Gokarna (Karnataka)


Shree Mahaganapati Temple @ Gokarna (Karnataka) by drifter baba

Shree Mahaganapati Temple:

Shree Mahaganapati Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha. It is an ancient temple which is very close to Sri Mahabaleshwara Swamy Temple. Its construction is very simple.

In our Puran, it is mentioned that while Ravana was carrying Shiva Linga from Kashi to Sri Lanka, there was a condition that Shiva Linga should not be kept on earth if so, it will be established there only. While Ravana stopped there (Gokarna) to perform Sandhya Vandana, he handed over the Shiva Linga to Ganpati (he made himself look like a small boy). During Ravana Sandhya Vandana, Ganpati called him (Ravana)  3 times and finally kept Shiva Linga there itself. It was the belief that once Shiva Linga reaches Lanka, no one can defeat Ravana.

Where Linga was kept, Sri Mahabaleshwara Swamy Temple has been constructed. Ganapati statue is quite unique made with a single black stone. This temple is small but while entering inside you will feel something different. 

Please don't forget to purchase flowers from our old mother who will be selling them at a very cheap rate. Selling flowers is their bread and butter. Please visit the place and feel it.

Shree Mahaganapati Temple visiting Timing:  06:00 AM to 08:30 PM

Best time to visit Shree Mahaganapati Temple: All-time. During summer it is a bit hot. 

Entry Fees:  No for general darshan. You have to pay only if you want to perform some special rituals. Rates for those rituals are mentioned on the board. 

Shree Mahaganapati Temple Temple  Address:
Shree Mahaganapati Temple 
Gokarna, Uttara Kannada district, Karnataka  - 581326 (INDIA)

Special occasion:
This is a very famous temple and thousands of people visit there every day. Below are some of the occasions while you expect more crowded.
- Weekends
- Every Monday
- Holidays
- Maha Shivratri
- Ganesh Chaturthi
- After Solar and Lunar eclipse.

Places to visit near Gokarna:
  • Sri Mahabaleshwara Swamy Temple
  • Maha Ganapati Temple
  • Om Beach
  • Half Moon Beach
  • Paradise Beach
  • Gokarna Beach Road

Parking Places: Huge parking place is available near the temple and close to the sea beach. You have to pay a nominal charge for your parking. 

How to reach  Gokarna: 

Indian Rail: The nearest railway station is Gokarna Road which is 9 km from the temple. There are other two railway stations Ankola (26 km) and Kumta (46 km). Many trains run on those routes. 
Buses: The nearest main bus station is Gokarna. It is well connected with many nearby cities like Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, etc. 
Airport: The nearest airport is Mangalore which is around 231 km. You can take private taxis outside the airport or bus from Mangalore city to reach Gokarna.
Private Taxis: You will find many taxis or Auto Rickshaw. Better to have your own transport so that you can visit nearby places easily. 

Distance from nearby Cities

Shimoga: 211 km
Bangalore:  490 km     
Tirupati: 736 km
Mangalore: 231 km
Hubli: 148 km 
Mysore: 456 km
Goa: 135 km

Accommodation in Gokarna: 
You will find many hotels with different price ranges. During holidays, December and January, they increase the price by 50%. 

Food & Restaurant in Gokarna:
As it is a very famous tourist destination in Karnataka, many tourist visits there every day. You will find so many restaurants. Foods are a little costly as per the quantity and quality they provide.

Few Photos:

Shree Mahaganapati Temple @ Gokarna (Karnataka) by drifter baba

Shree Mahaganapati Temple @ Gokarna (Karnataka) by drifter baba

Shree Mahaganapati Temple @ Gokarna (Karnataka) by drifter baba

Visit Date: 29 Dec 2020