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The famous Murudeshwar Temple in Uttara Kannada District of Karnataka now possesses at 249-feet Raja Gopura. The Murudeswar temple complex is renowned for the tallest idol of Lord Shiva in the world, which is 123 feet. The latest addition to the temple is the Rajagopuram, which was opened on April 12, 2008. And is it the tallest the tallest Hindu Temple Gopuram in the World. Some reports indicate that the Rajagopura of Murudeshwar Temple is the tallest in Asia . Earlier it was the 236-feet Rajagopuram of the Sri Ranganatha temple at Srirangam.

The Rajagopuram of Murudeswar Temple has 21 floors, including the ground floor. The base measures 105 feet in length and 51 feet breadth. The Gopura also possess a lift and visitors can go to the top and have an aerial view of the Arabian Sea and the statue of Lord Shiva. Another highlight is the life-size statues of two elephants at the base of the Gopura.

Murudeshwar is located along the Arabian Sea Coast and is around 70 km south of Gokarana and around 180 km north of Mangalore. Murudeshwar is 1 km off NH17 and Murudeshwar Railway Station is on the Konkan Rail. The nearest big city is HUBLI and towns like SIRSI, BHATKAL, KUMTA are also quite near.
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