About Omkareshwara Temple
The sacred Omkareshwara temple location was established by the eminent ruler of the early nineteenth-centuryLingarajendra in the early 1820s. Being one among the prime worshipping sites of the nation. It is one of the must coorg tourist places to visit. The notable temple is built with all the devotion for the beloved Hindu lord, the almighty Shiva. With a renowned history and a lot of belief, the site of the temple is one among the prime places to visit in Coorg.
The legends believe that the ruler called Likgarajendra constructed the sacred temple. As per the advice of some of the respected men with wisdom, the King decided to establish the temple to honor lord Shiva in order to relieve himself of the heavy burden of haunting guilt of killing a Brahmin as bait to his desperate ambitions. The Shiva-lingam installed within the worshipping area was specially brought over from the holy land of Kashi. The temple is named after the name given to that holy Shiva-lingam itself- 'Om' (meaning Everything) 'kar' (meaning Creator) 'eshwar' (meaning God) which leads to the meaning of Omkareshwar being 'Lord is the creator of everything'.
One notable part of the temple is the renowned ancient Shiva-lingam which was brought right from the sacred land of Kashi by the King himself. Like any other temple of the almighty Shiva, the most celebrated period of this sacred temple is the Maha Shivratri. Devotees from across the world visit the temple site to pay their devotion to the almighty Shiva. The temple area is gorgeously decorated while the ambience is flooded with the emotions of faith and belief.
Another major attraction among the devotees is feeding the innumerable little fishes in the sacred tank of holy waters built right below the worshipping area. It is believed to earn the feeders a lot of 'Punya' (meaning good deeds). Apart from the spiritual attractions, the notably detailed paintings on the sacred walls of the temple are prime attractions. The distinct entrance of the holy site welcomes you with an ancient inscription of the history of the site carved on a plate of pure copper which tourists find quite interesting.
With a small dome placed over four sturdy pillars, surrounded by patterned cemented borders, the structure of the sacred Shiva temple resembles the ancient building style of European Gothic structures. The temple's structure also reminds of the intricate Islamic styles of buildings, especially dargahs as well which make it quite a distinct temple structure in itself. The rare materials like the 'Panchaloha' used in rods and bars of the inner building make the site unique and therefore even more attractive in itself.