Why Gokarna is a top place for Asthi Visarjan in Karnataka?
Presence of Tamra Parni in Gokarna Holy pond is the the major reason for people to carry asthi visarjan at Gokarna, Karnataka. Availability of a good number of learned scholars in Sanskrit and Vedic experts in Gokarna is an added advantage apart from the uniqueness of this holy place in India.
What is Asthi visarjan?
Remains of the dead person after funeral pyre are collected and tied in a cloth (in the form of ashes). This is immersed in a holy pond or river. Immersion in holy bodies of water washes impurities of soul to attain salvation and union with the divine. Therefore Hindu devotees take dip or bathe in the holy waters
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Gokarna (Kannada: ಗೋಕರ್ಣ) is a small temple town on the western coast of India in the Kumta taluk of Uttara Kannada district of the state of Karnataka.The main temple deity is Lord Shiva, who is also known as Mahabaleshwar. Gokarna is known as one of the seven important Hindu pilgrimage centers in India.
This holy place is known as Bhookailasa and the Southern Varanasi. (Ref. Skandha Purana, Guru Charitra)
Gokarna means Cow’s Ear. It is believed that Lord Shiva emerged from the ear of a cow (Prithvi, the Mother Earth) here. It is at the ear-shaped confluence of two rivers Gangavali and Aghanashini. Thus Gokarna gained global spiritual significance. Performing Maha Mrityunjaya Homam at Gokarna has its own very significances.
Gokarna is mentioned in the Shrimad Bhagavata Purana as being the home of the brothers Gokarna and Dhundhakari. Mahabaleshwara Temple (Maha: great, bal: strength) is a famous Shiva Temple and it houses the ‘Atmalinga’
The Brahmin king Raja Mayooravarma was instrumental in bringing the first 30 or so families to Gokarna. Brahmins have a history of 1300 years back and documental proofs are available since 15th century about Gokarna priests and scholars for performing various pujas like Navagraha-purak-aghorastra-puja,Narayan bali, Maha Mrantuynjya Homam, pind daan, tripindi shraddha etc.
The Rudra paada of Lord Shiva is at Gokarna. Hence all pujas and afterlife rituals are performed throughout the year.
How to Reach Gokarna
Gokarna rail link which is well connected with Margoa. If you are coming to Gokarna via rail then the nearest railway stations are located at Gokarna/ Ankola /Kumta which are about 6/20/18 kilometers away
KSRTC , VRL, Sugama, SRS, Kumars and many have frequent bus services in the region. There are plenty of buses which connect Gokarna to major and minor cities in the country which will make to reach Gokarna easy for the travellers.