Just a stone’s throw away from the Madikeri Fort is the Omkareshwara Temple, built-in 1820 and featuring a blend of red tile-roofed Kerala architecture and Islamic-style domes. The Linga of this Shiva Temple is believed to have been brought from Kashi.
History of the Temple: The Temple was built by King Lingarajendra II in the early 19th century. It is believed that the king built this temple as a remedy to the accidental killing of an innocent person during his Kingdom Expansion free. The guilt of murder started affecting King’s inner peace and sleep, giving him nightmares. Upon the advice of Rajapurohits (Royal Priests), a temple was built to rectify the mistake.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Omkareshwara Temple is built in a mix of gothic and Islamic style. A large water tank with a mantap in the centre enhances the visual appeal of the Temple. There are no pillared halls in the Temple, unlike other Hindu temples, making the temple unique in design.
The Temple visiting time: The Temple is open from 6.30 AM till 12 noon and from 5 PM till 8 PM on all days.
Places to visit near the Temple: Raja Seat and Madikeri Fort are within walking distance from the Temple while Abbey Falls is 8 kms away.
How to reach Omkareshwara Temple: TheTemple is within walking distance from Madikeri town. Madikeri is about 250 kms from Bengaluru and 140 kms from Mangaluru. Kannur Airport in Kerala is the closest to Madikeri (90 kms) while Mangaluru and Mysuru airports (140 and 120 kms from Madikeri) may provide additional options. Madikeri has good bus service from Bengaluru and Mysuru but train connectivity is limited. Sakaleshpura and Subramanya road are the nearest railway stations (100 and 86 kms away).
Places to stay near Omkareshwara Temple: Madikeri has lots of home stays, budget hotels and luxury resorts.