Murdeshwar is another name of famous hindu god Lord Shiva. It is a town in Bhatkal Taluk of uttara kannada district in karnataka. This temple is famous for having worlds second tallest shiva statue.
History of the temple: The origin of name Murdeshwar is related to Ramanayana. By worshiping a divine Linga called Atma-Linga Lord Shiva attained immortality and invincibility. Ravana the king of lanka who desired immortality worshipped Lord Shiva with devotion as the atma-linga belongs to Lord shiva. Pleased with his prayers. Shiva agreed to give his his boon with a condition that if he palce the atma-linga on the ground once he could never move it. Narada, Knowing this incident approached Ganesh and requested to stop ravana from reaching lanka. Lord Ganesh knowing that ravana never misses his evening rituals, Lord Vishnu blotted out the sun to give the appearance of dusk. Ravana has to perform his evening rituals but was worried about the atma-linga. Lord Ganesh disguised as a Brahmin boy approached him, ravana handed atma-linga to the boy and told not to palce it on the ground. Ganesh made a deal that he will call ravana three times if he did not return back within time he would place the atma-linga on the ground. Ravana completing his rituals found that the atma-linga is alredy placed on the ground. As Lord Vishnu removed the illusion, ravana realiased that he had been tricked tried to uproot the linga. Due to the force applied by ravana the atma-linga scatterd into pieces. Final piece cloth, the covering of Atma-Linga is placed at Mrideshwara in Kanduka-Giri (Kanduka Hill). Mrideshwara has been renamed to Murdeshwar.