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Omkareshwara Temple, Coorg

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple lies in the heart of Madikeri in the Coorg (Kodagu district of Karnataka). Omkareshwara temple was built in 1820 by Lingarajendra II; the architecture is a mix of the Islamic styles and gothic styles thus giving it a one of a kind structure among the various temples found in the south of India. There is a pool in front of the temple with tons of fresh water fishes in it. The temple has four minarets around it and a dome in the centre.

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Photo by johnmf007, CC BY 2.0 

According to legend, King Lingarajendra killed a sincere and religious Brahmin to fulfil his political goals. After death, the Brahmin turned into a “Brahmarakshasa” and started disturbing the king. The king got rid of the Brahmarakshasa only when he brought a Shivalinga from Kashi and installed it after constructing a temple. The Shivalinga was named as “Omkareshwara” and rituals were performed regularly. 

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