As Samudreshwar, Shiva is the lord of the seas. The popular belief is that Shiva as Samudreshwara helped Sri Ram in crossing the sea and reaching Lanka. This form of Shiva is mainly worshipped by people who make a living from the sea, especially fishermen.
One of the most popular temples dedicated to Samudreshwar form of Shiva is located in Mumbai. It is located at the jetty of Manori in Mumbai.
Another shrine is located in
Varanasi. There is also a
in Haridwar. Sapt Samudreswar
The greatness of Samudreshwar Shivling is mentioned in the Kashi Khanda of Skanda Purana.
Devotees propitiate Samudreshwar Shivling for attaining knowledge and liberation.