Famous Hindu Pilgrimage Sites in South India

Omkareshwara Temple,Coorg:
This temple is located in the heart of the city of Madikeri town and very near to the fort.Legend goes that Linga Rajendra II, ordered an execution of a pious Brahmin who dared to question the misdeeds of the King. Then later, the spirit of the dead Brahmin started troubling the King day and night. On the directions from the spiritual men of his court to avert this trouble, king constructed the temple and installed a Shivalinga that was procured from Kasi (Kasi is located in the norther part of the India).The Omkareshwara temple in Madikeri was built by Lingarajendra II in 1820 in the Mumammadan style of architecture with a dome in the center and four turrets at four corners. Temple dedicated to Shiva, was built in the 19th century in a mix of Gothic and Islamic styles.

Kollur Mookambika Temple:
Kollur is a well known Hindu pilgrimage center situated about 140 kilometers from Mangalore. The village lies at the foot of the Western Ghats, and is famous for the Shree Mookambika temple, an important seat of Shakti worship.It is belived that, Adi Shankaracharya, is said to have installed metal image of the goddess behind the Jyothirling.Mother Mookambika graces in a sitting form with discus and conch in hands representing Kali, Mahalakshmi and Saraswathi. The idols of Kali and Saraswathi made of Panchalokas (five metals) are on both sides of the deity. Navarathri is an important festival in the temple.It is recognized as the only temple that is devoted to goddess Parvathi and believed that temple had been created by Parashurama.Sauparnika River at Kollur is famed as Garuda (Eagle) called 'Suparna' executed penance on the banks of the river and reached the salvation hence the river named as 'Sauparnika'. It also appears that the rivers absorbs elements of 64 different herbs and roots as it flows so it cures all diseases of those who bathe in it.
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