Koteshwar Temple is near mouth of Kori Creek, in the west of Kutch, Road ends at this temple.

1. While the original temple which was built ages ago have been destroyed, the modern temple has been renovated expertly by the local kutchi artists making it a visual delight
2. It is also said that from the vantage point of the temple, the glow of lights from Karachi in Pakistan can be viewed in a clear night.

3. The temple is located at a height from the ground level and you can get spectacular view of the surrounding sea in all directions.
4. As per the legend, Lord Shiva had granted a linga full of religious power to Ravana in appreciation of his devotion. Ravana accidentally dropped it here. To punish Ravana for his carelessness, the linga turned into a millions of identical copies.
5. Unable to distinguish the original, Ravana grabbed one and departed, leaving the original one here, around which Koteshwar Temple was built.

6. Built by stone, this temple stands on a raised platform and fortified against the sea by a wall.
7. In past, the temple was almost entirely cut off from the mainland by tidal creeks but now is connected by road. The temple is encircled by the walls while the gate can be approached by 3 flights of stairs.

Source - various sites, Pinterest

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