Mahabaleshwara Temple is dedicated to Shiva and has what is called an atmalingam which is believed to be one of the most powerful lingams. Shivratri is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Mahabaleshwara Temple for it being dedicated to Shiva.
Mahabaleshwar Temple is said to be one of the seven sacred Muktikshetras and is visited by Hindus to perform the death rites for their ancestors. All devotees can enter and touch Aatmalinga and can perform Abhisheka with their own hands. Before visiting this temple, tourists take a dip in the holy water of the Arabian Sea.