June 17, 2009

Omkareshwara Temple, Madikeri (Coorg)

Welcome back to my posts on Coorg travel. As I promised in my last post, I will provide details about the destinations in Madikeri.

Let me start with Omkareshwara Temple. This temple is located in the heart of Madikeri city. This is a small beautiful temple built by Kodagu King Lingaraja in 1820 AD. A well maintained tank in front of the temple enhances the beauty and serenity of the temple.

In India, all the temples have a legend apart from the historical information. This temple too has its own legend. It is said that the king Lingaraja killed a "Brahmin" (a person belonging to Hindu priest community) for his political ambitions. That Brahmin became a "Brahma rakshasa" (a powerful demon) and started troubling the king. To get rid of the "rakshasa", the king brought a Shivalinga idol from Varanasi (Kasi) and installed it in this place. He named this Shivalinga as "Omkareshwara".

The temple's architecture is both Islamic and Gothic style. The temple's main deity is Shivalinga (Omkareshwara). There are also small shrines of Lord Ganesh and Lord Subramanya in this temple. In front of the tank, there is a small shrine where the idols of Lord Shiva and Parvathi are installed.

The temple's "prakara" (corridor surrounding the main shrine) is full of paintings and photographs of various Hindu Gods, Goddesses and temples.

Do travel to this holy place, which is the most important pilgrimage at Madikeri. We will explore together more places in Madikeri (Coorg) in my next post. Till then....

Happy travelling. :-)

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  1. i agree with u that the omkareswara temple is an ancient beautiful shiva temple

  2. Maintenance of temple tank is a rarity in India and this temple stands an exception to this culture1 great!