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About Omkareshwara Temple

The legend attached to the Omkareshwara Temple is just as captivating as its unique structure. Standing headstrong in the heart of the quaint hill station of Madikeri, this temple attracts many tourists throughout the year. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, which was built by Lingarajendra II, the ruler of Kodagu in the 19th century in a mix of the Gothic and Islamic style of architecture. Legend has it that the King had murdered a Brahmin to fulfill his political ambitions. The temple was built to appease the spirit of the Brahmin and also to save the kingdom from further destruction. The structure of the pilgrim center resembles a Dargah with a dome in the center and four turrets at four corners. The interiors of the temple are kept simple, with the shrine holding the main lingam surrounded by one corridor. The Shiva lingam is installed near the entrance. The window bars are made of 'Panchaloha, ' and an alphabet 'lim' has been inscribed in-between the bars. Right at the entrance door, the history of the temple is seen engraved.

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  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Facilities Food Stalls
  • Recommended Hours Min. 1 hour
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Couple, Family
  • Not Allowed Footwear, Pets
  • Allowed Camera, Video

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