Shree Gokarnanatheshwara Temple is located in Kudroli, Kodailbail, Mangaluru in the state of Karnataka, India. Shree Gokarnanatheshwara Temple is considered to be one of the most famous shrines in South India. This Shrine is visited by lakhs of devotees every year. This Shrine is an example of social empowerment with the prime belief ‘One caste, one religion, and one god’.
The main reason for the construction of Shree Gokarnanatheshwara Temple was to support the traditionally suppressed Billava community. Those of the Billava community were treated untouchables by the upper sections of the society. This type of discrimination used to take place in early 1900s. Coming to the architecture of the Temple, the Temple was initially built in Dravidian style but was later replaced by Chola style. The Temple is house to many smaller shrines such as shrines of God Ganesha, Lord Krishna, Ganesha, Shani, the Navagraha and Annapoorneswari. The main deity Lord Shiva is in the middle. Casteism is one of the burning issues in India. This Shrine is an excellent example of equality.