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History of Omkareshwar

Omkareshwar, the sacred island, shaped like the holiest of all Hindu symbols, 'Om', has drawn to it hundreds of generations of pilgrims. Here, at the confluence of the rivers Narmada and Kaveri, the devout gather to kneel before the Jyotirlinga (one of the twelve throughout India) at the temple of Shri Omkar Mandhata. And here, as in so many of Madhya Pradesh's sacred shrines, the works of Nature complement those of man to provide a setting awe-inspiring in its magnificence. Narmada forms a deep silent pool which in former times was full of alligators and fish, so tame as to take grain from human hand. This pool is 270 ft below the cantilever type bridge constructed in 1979. The bridge has enhanced the scenic beauty of the place, making it look exceedingly picturesque.

Omkareshwar is a Hindu temple in the Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh state in India. It is on an island called Mandhata or Shivapuri in the Narmada River. It is one of the 12 revered Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. It is about 12 miles (20 km) from Mortakka in Madhya Pradesh. The shape of the island is said to be like the Hindu Om symbol. There are two temples here, one to Omkareshwar (whose name means "Lord of Omkaara or the Lord of the Om Sound") and one to Amareshwar (whose name means "Immortal lord" or "lord of the Immortals or Devas").

Omkareshwar is formed by the sacred river Narmada. This is one of the most sacred of rivers in India and is now home to one of the world's biggest dam projects.

Legends & Sthala Purana Of Omkareshwar

The story of Omkareshwar Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga also has its own quota of stories.Three are prominent. The first story is about Vindhya Parvat (Mount). Once upon a time Narada (son of Lord Brahma), known for his non-stop comic travel, visited Vindhya parvat. In his spicy way Narad told Vindhya Parvat about the greatness of Mount Meru. This made Vindhya jealous of Meru and he decided to be bigger than Meru. Vindhya started worship of Lord Shiva to become greater than Meru. Vindhya Parvat practiced severe penance and worshipped parthivlinga (A linga made from physical material) along with Lord Omkareshwar for nearly six months. As a result Lord Shiva was pleased and blessed him with his desired boon. On a request of all the gods and the sages Lord Shiva made two parts of the lingas. One half is called Omkareshwara and the other Mamaleshwar or Amareshwar. Lord Shiva gave the boon of growing, but took a promise that Vindhya will never be a problem to Shiva's devotees. Vindhya began to grow, but did not keep his promise. It even obstructed the sun and the moon. All deities approached sage Agastya for help. Agastya along with his wife came to Vindhya, and convinced him that he would not grow until the sage and his wife returned. They never returned and Vindhya is there as it was when they left. The sage and his wife stayed in Srisailam which is regarded as Dakshina Kashi and one of the Dwadash Jyotirlinga.

The second story relates to Mandhata and his son's penance. King Mandhata of Ishvaku clan (an ancestor of Lord Ram) worshipped Lord Shiva here till the Lord manifested himself as a Jyotirlinga. Some scholars also narrate the story about Mandhata's sons-Ambarish and Mucchkund, who had practiced severe penance and austerities here and pleased Lord Shiva. Because of this the mountain is named Mandhata.

The third story from Hindu scriptures says that once upon a time there was a great war between Devas and Danavas(demon), in which Danavas won. This was a major setback for Devas and hence Devas prayed to Lord Shiva. Pleased with their prayer, Lord Shiva emerged in the form of Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga and defeated Danavas.

Places Of Tourist Attraction

Shri Omkar Mandhata

One of the holiest shrines in the entire subcontinent itself, Shri Omkar Mandhata Temple houses one among the twelve jyothirlingas in India. Prettily situated in the confluence of NaPLACES OF INTERESTS

Shri Omkar Mandhata

One of the holiest shrines in the entire subcontinent itself, Shri Omkar Mandhata Temple houses one among the twelve jyothirlingas in India. Prettily situated in the confluence of Narmada and Kaveri rivers this temple enshrines nagara style architecture with lovely frescos and carvings. Flanked by beautiful balconies with engraved columns of distinct shapes this temple presents an elegant and dazzling appeal. A sacred shrine that found its place in the puranas carries spectacular legends that entice the devotees of Lord Shiva. Shivalinga in the temple is believed to be swayambhoo and so powerful. Shivalingam in the temple is not affixed to the cupola and it is always encircled by water. Devotees who circumambulate the holy shrine is supposed get divine blessings. Apart from Lord Shiva, the temple premises hold shrines of Annapoorna and Lord Ganesha.

Mamaleshwar Temple

A holy shrine where large number of devotees often frequents, Mamaleshwar temple in Omkareshwar needs special rendering. A lovely temple with attractive stone works and carved pillars, Mamaleshwar temple inspires the devotees with its absolute serenity. Dedicated to lord Shiva, the sanctum of the temple is adorned with a pretty Shiva Lingam made up of sand. Like all other Mahadev temples, the Nandi Bull guards the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. Greatness of Mamaleshwar temple is described in the Shiva Purana and it is believed that the deity in this temple and one that found in the Mandhata temple is one and same. This temple holds the equal importance similar to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi. Devoutness and holiness of the temple is attributed much by the presence of the river that surrounds it. Before entering in the temple the devotees have to take a dip in the river. Another interesting allure in the temple is that the temple premises is full of monkeys, which seldom attack the devotees. During the Maha Shivaratri celebrations, the precincts of the temple are filled with Shiva devotees who celebrate the night with much frolic and fervor.

Kedareshwar Temple

One of the most important holy shrines situated in the Madhya Pradesh is the Kedareshwar Temple. This temple was built some long years back in the last 11th century. This long familiar temple is one of the striking attractions that are being visited by large tourists groups. Most people travel to this temple to worship the deity god to bestow good fortune and good luck. The holiness and divinity of this temple grabs the attention of the tourists. Large groups of tourists all around the world travel here to visit the temple.

Omkareshwar Parikrama

As per Hindu mythology, walking around any sources of positive energy would proffer one with the same positive energy. So from time immemorial, walking around in a clockwise direction of something, which has positive energy, is a well-acclaimed practice. The popular belief is that circumambulating the sacred temple of Omkareswar would fetch boons and wipe out all the sins of those who had undertaken such parikrama. Apart from the jyothirlinga, the presence of holy river Narmada adds the parikrama a worthy affair. Narmada is believed to be the daughter of Lord Shiva and regarded as the purest of all other rivers. Since it is a customary practice of a Shiva devotee to take a parikrama of Narmada.

Omkareshwar is situated on the holy banks of this sacred river and hence walking around the shrine would proffer dual benefits to the devotee. It is rather a testamentary custom than an alluring attraction. Most of the people who prefer a parikrama here at Omkareshwar would definitely give preference to its religious aspect than the scenic ambiance through which they walks around. Apart from its spiritual facets, Omkareshwar parikrama would provide an enthralling experience with its picturesque settings.

Gauri Somnath Temple

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Gauri Somanth temple is one of the biggest and oldest shrines in Omkareswar. This temple in the Khandwa District grabs large number of pilgrims each year. Gauri Somnath Temple is constructed in the shape of a star which itself is marvelous in architecture. A gigantic Shivlinga adorns sanctum sanctorum of the temple, which is almost six feet height. Shivalinga is made up of smooth black stone that makes the idol dazzlingly superb. Another interesting attraction is the idol of Nandi bull, which situates outside the sanctum facing its master. This too is made up of the same black stone like the main deity.

Ranmukteshwar Temple

Muki in Hindi language means pardon. Ranmukteshwar temple in the confluence of Narmada and Kaveri upholds the belief that a holy darshan in the sacred shrine would absolve one from his sinful life. A popular devout center in the temple town, this temple is frequented by quite number of people from around the globe. Most of the pilgrims offer gram pulses to the deity with the strong belief that it would absolve the unpaid debts of their beloved ones who are no more. Usually pilgrims offer channa dal to the departed souls. Easy accessibility and good transportation facility makes this shrine one of the favourite sacred spot of the visitors.

Shri Omkar Mandhata

One of the holiest shrines in the entire subcontinent itself, Shri Omkar Mandhata Temple houses one among the twelve jyothirlingas in India. Prettily situated in the confluence of NaPLACES OF INTERESTS

Sacred Meeting Point

River Narmada is believed to be the daughter of lord Shiva and holds much religious significance in the life of a pious Hindu. This sacred river found its place in various Puranas where it is narrated that a holy dip and circumvention of this river would fetch salvation. Though this river flows through various regions, when it reach Omkareswar it merges with Kaveri to form an island. This meeting point gains much significance since it is shaped like a holiest symbol Om, which happens to be the most revered of all other symbolic representations. Besides its religious merits, this place is bestowed with mesmerizing sceneries and avid avian life. The island is sandwiched between two lofty mountain peaks, which divide it by a deep gorge. The tranquil waters, geographical location and the gigantic mountains make this place so awesome that one would not mind spending hours in these serene surroundings. armony till the horizon. Siddhanath Temple

An architectural marvel that reflects the artistic talents of the medieval people Siddhanath temple is a classic example of Brahminic architecture. Like all other famous temple in Omkareswar this temple also is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Prettily situated on a plateau, this temple gets its support from a highly embellished huge podium with lovely carvings and frescos. All the carvings and frescos portray elephants in various postures. The main shrine is in the center and it has facades on all four sides with splendid decks and spectacularly stamped figures.

Description of the Siddhanath Temple cannot be complete without the mention of its most noticeable feature, the frescos of elephants. These are engraved over a stony block of 1.5 meters height at its external precincts. Elaborately carved roofs and displays outstanding caliber of the artists and it is definite that this architectural splendor would provide you some precious moments in your life.

Sri Govinda Bhagavatpaada Cave

As a legendary place Govinda Bhagavatpaada Cave is closely associated with Sankaracharya. It was here at this cave he had met the great sage Govind Bhagwatpad. It is believed that Sankaracharya took his diksha and spiritual education under this great guru. One of the alluring attractions in Omkareshwar, this cave consists of a main hall and a small sanctum. Carved pillars embellish the hall while the sanctum holds the Shivlinga.

An acclaimed pilgrim centre, this cave witness large number of pious people each year. It is believed that it was here in this cave that Sankaracharya subsided a great flood in Narmada by forcing the river water to withdraw in to a small bowl, which he had placed in the mouth of the cave.

24 Avatars A cluster of Hindu and Jain temples, remarkable for their skillful use of varied architectural modes.

Satmatrika Temple

6 km from Omkareshwar, a group of 10th century temples.

Kajal Rani Cave

9 km from Omkareshwar a particularly picturesque scenic spot, with a panoramic view of broad acres and gently undulating landscape that stretches in unbroken harmony till the horizon.

Excursions of Omkareshwar

Asirgarh

49 km from Khandwa, the impregnable fort at Asirgarh served as a barrier to invaders from the North from entering Gujarat, Deccan and Marathwada. The fort was built by Usa and Ahir and is situated atop a hill with a palace. Visit the 10th century Shiva Temple.

Burhanpur

69 km from Khandwa, the later- medieval fort and palace at Burhanpur were built by Meer Adil Shah Farooqi. The fort was known for its exquisite Persian bath-houses with coloured tiles and glass work. They are a fine example of Iranian architecture.

Tour Packages of Omkareshwar

How to get there

Omkareshwar By Air

Indore airport, which is 77 km away from Omkareshwar, is the nearest airport. Indore is connected to major airports in India including Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi. Taxis are available from the airport to Omkareshwar, it takes about 2 hours journey.

Airports near Omkareshwar Type Arial Distance
Devi Ahilyabai Holkar International Airport, Indore (IDR) International 65 km
Raja Bhoj Airport, Bhopal (BHO) Domestic 176 km
Lohegaon Airport, Pune (PNQ) Domestic 478 km
Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai (BOM) International 507 km

Omkareshwar By Train

Omkareshwar railway station situated at a distance of about 12 km away from Omkareshwar city center. Omkareshwar is connected to major railway stations in central India. Taxi charges about Rs 300 from railway station to the heart of the city. Railway stations near Omkareshwar Arial Distance Talvadya (TLV) 49 km
Chhanera (CAER) 49 km

Omkareshwar By Bus

State owned bus services are available to Omkareshwar from major cities like Khandwa (60 km), Ujjain (133 km) and Indore (77 km). Omkareshwar is situated at distance of about 884 km from Delhi. Many private luxury buses are available on this route.

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