Gokarna is a spot in the Uttara Kannada area of Karnataka that is a pilgrimage center furthermore a visitor spot due to its excellent shorelines. It is situated at the conversion of two waterways Aganashini and Gangavali, and the spot where the streams meet structures a shape that is like the ear of a cow, henceforth the name, (Gokarna in the neighborhood dialect actually means bovine's ear).
About The Temple
The Venkatramana sanctuary in Gokarna is a popular pilgrimage centre in Karnataka. The sanctuary is situated at the eastern end of Gokarna. The sanctuary is committed to Lord Venkatarama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Koti Teertha, a holy sanctuary tank is located at about 100 m from the Venkatramana sanctuary. The sanctuary is revered by pioneers and devotees consistently. Non-natives are not permitted inside the sanctuary premises, but rather can watch the ceremonies being performed from outside.
Legend and Stories
As mythology goes, when Ravana made a second endeavor to introduce the Atmalinga in Lanka, Narada alarmed the divine beings about his excursion by means of Gokarna. Master Vishnu then composed a plot and persuaded baby Ganesha to execute it. Understanding that Ravana was a passionate rehearsing Brahmin, Lord Vishnu cast his Chakra in an approach to overshadow the sun. The figment of sunset incited Ravana to offer sandhya vandana (evening petitions). With a specific end goal to not keep the Atmalinga on the ground, he shouted to a youthful minister and asked for him to hold his ownership until his petitions. That youthful friar, a symbol of Lord Ganesha, misled Ravana and put the Atmalinga on the ground, which in this manner turned into its last place of worship.
From the eastern end of the sanctuary town of Gokarna, Lord Vishnu watches out for the Atmalingam, Tamra Gauri and Maha Ganapati sanctuaries. In a rebirth (or in a symbol), Lord Vishnu is adored in this Venkataramana Temple, arranged at a crossing point. The sanctuary is set apart by elaborate columns guarding the passage to the sanctum sanctorum. The icon confronts west. The outside mass of this sanctuary is dabbed with merchants offering incense sticks and natural products that devotees could purchase as offerings. This sanctuary has an identifiable component of facilitating an India Post signage on the top and maybe facilitating its office on the main floor of the external structure. A little road from this sanctuary drives you another point of interest in Gokarna - Kotiteertha.
Gokarna is located in Karnataka just a few hours from Goa and Bangalore. Although it does not have an airport. Dabolim airport in Goa is the nearest airport about 140 km away. The airport is well connected by flights to Indian and international cities. From the airport, taxi services are available.
The nearest railway station is at Ankola, about 20 km from Gokarna. Trains from several cities including Mangalore, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram, Veraval halt at the station. From the station, taxi services are available for Gokarna.
Gokarna is well connected by road. KSRTC buses do ply regularly from Bengaluru, Mangalore, Hubli, other cities of Karnataka. One can also board a bus from Madgaon and other cities of Goa for Gokarna. Gokarna is just 10 km off the NH 17 connecting Mumbai to Kochi. Buses, including AC luxury, ply regularly between both the cities.
Gokarna, Uttara Kannada,
Pincode – 581326.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Freedom from diseases
- Relief from adverse effects from bad planetary aspects
- Relief from bondage
Achutham Keyshavam Rama Narayanam Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Harim Shridharam Madhavam Gopika Vallabham Janaki Nayakam Ramachandram Bhajey
Meaning -Oh Lord who cannot be perished, who also has names like Keshava, Rama, Damodara, Narayana, Sridhara, Madhava, Krishna, Ramachandra the beloved of Janaki, let me say your name regularly.
Vasudeva Sutham Devam Kamsa Chanoora Mardhanam Devaki Paramanandham Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum
Meaning -I bow to you O Krishna, the ultimate guru, Devaki and Vasudeva's son, and the destroyer of Kamsa and Chanur.
Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram Nayanam Madhuram Hasitam Madhuram Hridayam Madhuram Gamanam Madhuram Mathuraa Dhipate Rakhilam Madhuram
Meaning -Meaning - Sweet are Your lips, sweet is Your face, sweet are Your eyes, sweet is Your smile, sweet is Your heart, sweet is Your gait, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.
Alokya Mathur Mukha Madarena Sthanyam Pibantham Saraseeruhaksham Sachinmayam Devam Anantha Roopam Balam Mukundam Manasa Smarami
Meaning -I think of this Balamukundan as the one who looks lovingly at his mother's face while taking milk from her, who has eyes similar to the red lotus, who is the embodiment of truth and intelligence and other forms.
The temple is open from 09:30 am to 01:30 pm and from 04:30 pm to 07:30 pm.