Situated in Khandwa district, Madhya Pradesh on an island called Mandhata or Shivapuri in the Narmada river, the Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the 12 revered Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva.
According to the legends, one day Narada visited Vindhya parvat (Mount). Narada told Vindhya Parvat about the greatness of Mount Meru. This made Vindhya jealous of Meru and Vindhya parvat started worshiping Lord Shiva in order to become greater than Meru. Vindhya Parvat practiced severe penance and worshiped parthivlinga (A linga made from physical material) along with Lord Omkareshwar for nearly six months. Pleased with Vindhya parvat's penance,...View more
Lord Shiva blessed him with his desired boon, but took a promise from Vindhya parvat that he will never be a problem to Shiva's devotees. 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.As per the boon, Vindhya began to grow and soon forgot his promise and obstructed even the sun and the moon. All deities approached sage Agastya for help. Sage Agastya along with his wife came to Vindhya, and convinced Vindhya that he would not grow until the sage and his wife returned from their travel. They never returned and Vindhya remained there as it was when Sage Agastya and his wife left. According to another legend, King Mandhata of Ikshvaku clan (an ancestor of Lord Ram) worshiped Lord Shiva here till the Lord manifested himself as a Jyotirlinga. Because of this the mountain is named as Mandhata. This Temple is part of famous 12 Jyotirlinga Darsan Yatra
The original temple of Omkareshwar was very small in construction and the information about the structure is not very authentic. Who built the temple is still unknown. The shrine follows a North Indian style of stone-architecture and is embellished with beautiful carvings in the support structure. The dome of the temple is built by layers of rock. The "Sabha Mandap" is 14 feet high and is rooted on 60 pillars. The temple is known for its extra...View more
rdinary construction and a highly regarded extravagant style. The beauty of the temple is its tower which is built on the ancient Nagara pattern, and consists of 5 distinct layers, that features the image of various Hindu Gods.Picture Courtesy: "Omkareshwar Temple 02" by Bernard Gagnon - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Omkareshwar_Temple_02.jpg#/media/File:Omkareshwar_Temple_02.jpg
Khandwa is known for its cultural diversity. People celebrate every festival in enthusiasm. In Khandwa many people are still dependent on agriculture for livelihood. The city has a rich history famous for its places of worship like Hindu and Jain temples. Naturally, Jainism is also practised here.
Devotees can reach the Shrine of Omkareshwar by-
Air : Closest Airport is at Indore (77 km).
Rail : Nearest railway station is Indore (77 km).
Road : Omkareshwar is connected to major towns and cities of Madhya Pradesh. There are regular bus services from Ujjain (133 km), Indore (77 km), Khandwa (61 km.) and Omkareshwar Road (12 km). Special buses, run by the State Transport, are available for Omkareshwar. Local transport is easily available to commute from the bus stand and the railway station.
There are steamboats across the Narmada river and also two connecting bridges to reach the temple.
Pujas at 3 times are carried by representatives of the Omkareshwar Trust (Morning), Scindia Family (Afternoon) & Holkar Estate (Evening)
Holy Water, Fruits and flowers are mainly offerings made to Omkareshwar.
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