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A Visit to Omkareshwara Temple in Madikeri, Coorg.

Madikeri or Mercara is the headquarters of Coorg district also known as Kodagu. Madikeri which is located in the lap of Mother Nature in the Western ghats of Karnataka, is popularly known as the Scotland of India.

Few years back, we visited this hill station in the month of May for a cool summer vacation. We had a comfortable homely stay in one of the home stays. During our stay we visited some of the interesting places in Madikeri.

On a cool summer morning, we visited the temple of the local deity i.e Omkareshwara temple. This is a Shiva temple that was construction in the 19th century. This is unique in its structure and attracts good number of tourists.
The moment you step into the premises you will be awed to see the architecture. Though this is a Hindu temple, it is built in a typical Islamic style. It is mentioned that the temple is a fine blend of Gothic style of architecture and traditional Islamic Dome with four minarets in the four corners of the temple.

History says that Lingarajendra II who was a Kodagu ruler in the early 19th century, constructed the temple in 1820 CE (Current Era). There is a story related to the temple which states that the King killed an innocent Brahmin who happen to oppose the misdeeds of the King. After death, the innocent Brahmin turned into a revengeful spirit and started troubling the King.

The troubled King consulted learned / wise men of his kingdom to get rid of the revengeful spirit. As per their advise, the King brought special Lingam from Kasi (Varanasi) and installed it in the place where he killed the Brahmin. It is said that the spirit stopped troubling him. The Shivalingam is worshiped as Omkareshwara.

We visited the temple in the morning hours and offered prayers. The temple remains open for devotees from 6.30 a.m to 12 noon and from 5 p.m to 8 p.m. There is a pushkarini i.e temple water tank with a mandapam at the middle of the tank.

It was really a good experience to visit such a unique temple structure which represents a perfect example of communal harmony.

After offering our morning prayers to Lord Omkareshwara at this unique temple, we took a cab and made our way to the famous Abbi Falls / Abbey Falls. We had spent a wonderful day amidst nature at this place and were back to our home stay for an afternoon nap. After refreshing ourselves in the evening we visited the most famous attraction i.e the Raja's Seat where we spent a pleasant evening.