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Kodagu Omkareshwara Temple, Madikeri

The Omkareshwara Temple is situated in the heart of the Madikeri. It is to be noted that Madikeri is a hill station located in the beautiful Kodagu district in the Western Ghats. The Omkareshwara temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. In the year 1820, Omkareshwara temple was built by Lingarajendra.

The particular temple’s architecture is combined with Gothic and Islamic style of architecture. There a footpath leading to a small “Mantap” and is a tank in front of the temple.

According to the local legend, King Lingarajendra with anger killed a religious and sincere Brahmin in order to fulfill his personal and political ambition. After the immediate death, the said Brahmin suddenly turned into a “Brahmarakshasa” and started fully disturbing and giving all kinds of trouble to the king. In this situation, the king brought a Shivalinga from Kashi to get rid of the Brahmarakshasa. The King installed it after immediately constructing a temple. Later they named Shivalinga as “Omkareshwara” and prayers, homams and rituals were conducted regularly.

Devotees from the nook and corner of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu and Kerala visit this temple on religious important days and other auspicious days.

The devotees from far and near throng this particular temple for mentioning their wishes and desires in life and once it is gets fulfilled they offer thanks giving pujas to this Lord in a wholehearted manner. Women folks visit this temple on all Fridays with great devotion and dedication. Amavasya and Purnima pujas are also conducted in this temple.

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