With its location in Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka, Gokarna is a pilgrimage center for Hindus. It is even regarded as famous tourist spot. The beaches of this town draw attention of travelers. The temple town has a religious history about the derivation of its name. Gokarna in literal terms means cow’s ear. Legends maintain that Lord Shiva appeared from the ear of a cow in this Kannada region. Moreover, it is set up at the confluence of two rivers, Gangavali and Aghanashini which bears a resemblance to cow’s ear. In the mythological context, it can be referred to Srimad Bhagavata Purana (Indian Holy Manuscript) about the history of Gokarna. It maintains that this place was an abode of two brothers, namely, Gokarna and Dhundhakari. It also tells about their dissimilar nature. This region is located at the coast of Karwar. It is a religious town but beaches are an added attraction to this place. Gokarna is a pious place on one hand but a modern location by the presence of beaches, on the other. It is a center of Sanskrit learning and possessed with a rich culture. Mahashivaratri and Kartoka Mahotsava binds the population of this area as these are community festivals.
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