Story of Ravana and Gokarna



Legend has it that the Shivling worshipped in the famous Mahabaleshwar Temple in Gokarna was gifted to Ravana, the demon king in Ramayana, by Shiva. Legend has it that Ravana conquered the world and turned towards Kailash, the abode of Shiva. Ravan attempted to uproot the Holy Mountain and tried to shake it. Shiva just pressed his toe on the Mountain and Ravana was crushed by the weight of the mountain.

Ravana who realized the omnipotence of Shiva immediately started singing the Sama Veda to impress Mahadev.

Shiva was impressed by Ravana’s piety and gave him a Shivling.

Shiva promised Ravana that no one will be able to conquer him as long as the Shivling is worshipped in Lanka.

Shiva put a condition that if the Shivling was kept down before reaching Lanka, then it will not move from the place.

Ravana carried the Shivling to Lanka but on the way at Gokarna he wanted to take bath. So he gave the Shivling to a little boy and asked him to not to keep it down. The boy agreed. But put a condition that Ravana should return before he counted till hundred.

Ravana got delayed and the boy kept the Shivling down and despite of numerous attempts Ravana could not move the Shivling.

The boy in reality was Ganesha who did not want Ravana to become invincible.

Thus Gokarna got the Shivling which originally belonged to Ravana.