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  Omkareshwar Temple
During hid reign, the Haleri King Lingaraja II beheaded a Brahmin who a minister in his court. After his death, the Brahmin is said to have haunted the king as 'Brahmaraakshas'. As a remedial measure the king was advised to bring a Shivalinga from Kashi and install it in Madikeri. The king arranged for it and thus came up the Omkareshwara Temple in 1820. The temple is a quaint mix of islamic and Gothic styles of architecture.

A beautiful temple in Coorg. A legend is associated with the temple, built by Lingrajendra II in 1820 CE. The king put to death a pious Brahmin who dared to protest against his misdeeds. The spirit of the dead man began to plague the king day and night. On the advise of wise men, the king built this temple and installed a shivlinga procured from Kashi, North India. The gold leaf inscription atop is accessed through a narrow flight of interesting steps used by the then king to survey his kingdom.

In front of the temple is the holy pond with fishes that leap in symphony to gobble food offered to them. The annual 'teppotsava' or 'boat festival' is a memorable event.
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