Lord Shiva's Atma Linga is installed here by Sri.Ganapathi.The Linga has changed it's shape when Ravana tried to lift it.The shape is as shown in the silver model kept in the temple donated by a devote.
Gokarna means the Ear of the Cow,the shape it resembles in it's geographical map.
This place has it's attraction as a Hindu place of worship from an unknown period of time.The name has been mentioned in Ramayana and Mahabharatha.
This place has been mentioned as very superior and equal to Rameswara and Kashi.
The Dharma and Karma performed at this place bestows on the performer unending success and highly beneficial good results.
It is even mentioned that Sri Rama,Shri Sita and Sri Laxman came to this place to worship and pray to Shiva's Atmalinga to get rid of the sin in killing Ravana.
The ancient scriptures have mentioned that Pandavas and Kauravas also did the same rituals to get rid of their sins for having killed each others relatives in the war they both had faught to win the Kingdom of their father.
Even in BC 660 to 664 time Emporor Sri Harsha has mentioned the place in a Drama that he has written by name " Nagananda ".
British Traveler Bukanin has described this place beautifully in his travelogue.