Gokarna Mahabaleshwar Temple
Temple is dedicated to Lord Siva. Lord Siva here called by Mahabaleshwar. As per the Legend, Demon King Ravana did penance for Lord Siva and got Atma Linga to fulfil his mother’s request. Sun was setting while on his way to Lanka. Atma Linga not supposed to keep on the Earth, so Ravana handed over the Linga to a cowherd (Lord Ganesh disguised himself in this form). Cowherd boy after 3 reminders kept the Linga on the Earth. Ravana tried hard to pull Atma Linga, the extensive force resulted in throwing the coverings of the Linga to different places namely, Dhareshwar, Gunavanteshwara, Mrudeshwar and Shejjeshwar temples. The main Linga remained at Mahabaleshwar which resembles Cow’s ear. Hence the name Gokarna. The Ejjeshwara, Gunavanteshwara, Murudeshwara, Dhareshwara and Mahabaleshwara temples are called Pancha Maha Kshetras.