Karnataka - Temples - Hoysaleswara

The Omkareshwar Temple in Coorg is located at a certain height of 1,170 ft above the ground level. It was constructed by Lingarajendra II in the 19th Century out of guilt for killing an innocent Brahmin. The temple is an attractive fusion of Indo-Sarcenic and Konkan Coast style of architecture, and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The walls of temple are decorated with intriguing paintings, including Sai Baba and Raghvendra Swamy. A huge tank situated opposite the temple is populated largely by fishes; devotees are allowed to feed them. According to the legends, the Shiva Lingam worshipped in the temple has been imported from Varanasi. The gold leaf inscription on the top, reached through steep steps, of the temple is worth seeing.