Top 5 Must Visit Lord Shiva Temples in Karnataka

The state of Karnataka is home to list of famous Hoysaleswara Temples, dedicated to different forms and name for the Hindu god Shiva. Most of these temples are protected as a monument of national importance by the Archaeological Survey of India, Most famous Lord Shiva temples in Karnataka are Kedareshvara Temple at Balligavi,Mahadeva Temple at Itagi, Someshwara Temple at Kolar, Kedareshwara Temple at Halebidu and Hoysaleswara Lord Shiva Temple.

Mahabaleshwar Temple, Gokarna

Mahabaleshwar Temple at Gokarna is built in the classical Dravidian architectural style, facing the city of Karwar beach on the Arabian Sea Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka.

The temple has the Atmalinga and one of the seven sacred places of salvation in Karnataka.

Murdeshwar Temple, Bhatkal


Murdeshwar Temple built on the Kanduka Hill and surrounded on three sides by the waters of the Arabian Sea. The temple has 20 storied gopura and famous for the world’s second tallest Shiva statue.

Manjunatha Temple, Dharmasthala

Dharmasthala Manjunatha Temple is one of the oldest temple in Karnataka and houses the deities of Lord Shiva as Manjunatha and gods of Jainism.

Srikanteshwara Temple, Nanjangud

Srikanteshwara Temple at Nanjangud is an ancient Hindu temple, located in the town of Nanjangud on the right bank of river Kapila. Nanjangud is also known as Dakshina Kashi and for the ancient temple of the god Srikanteshwara.

Kotilingeshwara Temple, Kolar


Kotilingeshwara Temple has one of the largest lingams in the world, located in the village of Kammasandra in Kolar district. The temple 108 ft huge lingam and 35 ft tall idol of Nandi installed over a platform.

– Badavilinga Temple, Hampi – Karnataka

The Badavilinga Temple at Hampi is a must visit Lord Shiva temple in Karnataka, House one of the tallest shivalingam in India.

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