If you’re looking for the religious places to visit in Gokarna, then Bhadrakali Temple should definitely be on your list. Dedicated to Goddess Uma who is the main deity, this temple is a popular pilgrimage centre.
It is a popular legend which says that when a demon known as Vetrasur seized control of the three lokas, the trinity of Lord Vishnu, Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva created a female warrior called Durge. She was given various powers by the gods to defeat the demon and after that Lord Shiva re-christened her as Bhadrakali.
She was sent to Gokarna and now believed to be known as the protector of the town. Another legend associated with the temple says that Lord Cishnuto requested the goddess to stay in Gokarna after Ravana abandoned her.
Location: Sri Bhadrakali Temple, Main Rd, Gokarna, Karnataka
Best Time to visit: The temple can be visited any time throughout the year in Gokarna
Timings: Bhadrakali Temple is open from 5:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): It is just 650 metres (approximately 8 minutes) away from the bus station in Gokarna.