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Karnataka - Temples - Sriomkareshwara

Omkareshwara temple was built by Lingarajendra in the year 1820. The temple architecture is combined with Islamic and Gothic style of architecture. There is a tank in front of the temple and a footpath leading to a small "Mantap".

As per the legend, King Lingarajendra killed a sincere and religious Brahmin to fulfill his political goals. After death, the Brahmin turned into a "Brahmarakshasa" and started disturbing the king. The king got rid of the Brahmarakshasa only when he brought a Shivalinga from Kashi and installed it after constructing a temple. The Shivalinga was named as "Omkareshwara" and rituals were performed regularly.