Shankaranarayana Beach

A large bell bearing a Portuguese inscription, in the front yard of the temple. It is said that its chimes can be heard to a distance of about eight kms. There are a few inscriptions in the temple, one of which records that the temple was renovated in 1563 by the then Ikkeri ruler.

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Shankaranarayana is located on the east of Kundapur in Udupi district of Karnataka. The Shankaranarayana is considered as one of the sapta kshetras (seven holy places) created by Parashurama.

About 32 kms to the east of Kundapur, is traditionally called also as Krodha Kshetra and is one of the seven places of pilgrimage in the region, referred to in the Skandha Purana. Shankaranarayana means Shiva and Vishnu. According to a legend, a sage named Krodha performed penance here and a spot with a cave here are shown as having been the site of his ashrama. The place is situated near the Western Ghats amidst fascinating surroundings. It is famous for its large Shankaranarayana temple, which has been recently renovated. Just in front of the temple there is a pond, which is called Koti Teertha.

A large bell bearing a Portuguese inscription, in the front yard of the temple is claimed to be a gift of Tipu Sultan. It is said that its chimes can be heard to a distance of about eight kms. There are a few inscriptions in the temple, one of which records that the temple was renovated in 1563 by the then Ikkeri ruler. The main deity of the temple (Shankaranaryana) is in the form of two Udbhava linga, but looks like one linga. The temple has a beautiful bronze image of Harihara and there are also some fine wood carvings here. There are other shrines of Mahaganapati, Gopalakrishna, Panchamukhi-veeranjaneya, Subrahmanya, Gowri-Lakshmi, Partheshwara, and Belli-Shankaranarayana, which is a life-size silver image, within the inner Prakara, and Basaveshwara, Gopinatha, Umamaheshwara, Mahalingeshwara, Nandikeshwara and Veera-Kallutike shrines