Omkareshwar Jyotirling Temple in Mandhata Madhya Pradesh

Here is Some Information about Omkareshwar Jyotirling Temple in Mandhata Madhya Pradesh India.


Location:  Situated in the Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh
Dedicated to:Lord Shiva
Entry:Free
Photography:Allow
Festivals: Maha Shivratri
Temple Timing:6:00AM to 9:PM
Significance: one of the foremost of the 12 Joytirlingas
Visiting Timing:20 Mins
Best time to Visit:All time

Nearest Railway Station:khandwa Station
Nearest Air Port: Indore (77 km)

Omkareshwar Temple is situated on the mountain Mandhata by the banks of Narmada River in the Malva area in Madhya Pradesh. Omkareshwar Temple is one of the 12 revered Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. The temple is closely linked with Mammaleshwar Temple (situated on the south of river Narmada) as both the forms of Shiva have been counted as one.

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 (Sardar Sarovar Project).
So, We started from our home at 03:00 PM. After approx. 50 km we took Indore - Burhanpur MP SH 27. The highway is in very good condition so we could drive freely and we were enjoying the beauty of nature enroute, there is a Ghat section on the way to Omkareshwar. Both of the sides of the road are full with natural beauty.

On the way to Omkareshwar, after around 30 kms from indore there is a temple of lord Shani dev (Navagrih Mandir) which is claimed as one of the india’s biggest Shani Navagrih temple and worlds biggest temple based on Vastushastra. The entire temple is made by black marble the village where it is situated is called Baigram. The principal deity in this temple is Lord Shani Dev. The statue of Shani dev is placed in the centre and aroud it there are the statues of other navagriha’s. The temple is worth seeing. We were very fortunate to visit this temple on Saturday.

So after visiting this great temple and after a pause of around half an hour, we again boarded our car and started our journey towards Omkareshwar. There are so many hotels and dhabas enroute. We reached Omkareshwar at around 7:00 PM. Now our first priority was to look for a good place to stay. There are so many Dharmashalas and lodges in this temple town including the MP Tourism Resort. Here I would like to mention that we had visited Omkareshwar many a times before but it was our first chance to stay there, since it is very near to our home so we always managed to come back same day after darshan, but this time we decided to stay and see omkareshwar and around in leisure.  

Legends of Omkareshwar Jyotirling

Shiva Purana describes the greatness of Omkareshwar and Mammaleshwar. It says, two sons of the sun dynasty Mandhata - Ambarish and Mucchkund practiced severe penance and austerities here and pleased Lord Shiva. They also performed great religious sacrifices in this place because of which the mountain is named Mandhata.

Another popular legend says that once upon a time Vidhya Parvat practiced severe penance and worshipped Parthivarchana along with Lord Omkareshwar for nearly six months. As a result Lord Shiva was pleased and blessed him with the desire boon. On the sincere request of all the gods and the sages Lord Shiva made two parts of the lings. One half being Omkareshwara and the other Amaleshwara or Amareshwar.

Some scholar say, King Mandhatha of the Ishvaku clan is believed to have worshipped Shiva here. Besides, Govinda Bhagavatpaada, the Guru of Shankaracharya is believed to have lived in a cave here.

Omkareshwar Jyotirling Temple Structure

Omkareshwara Temple is located at a distance of about 12 miles from Mortakka in Madhya Pradesh. A special feature of the location of Omkareshwar Temple is that the river Narmada branches into two and forms an island Mandhata or Shivapuri in the center. The shape of the island resembles that of the visual representation of the Omkara sound, Om. There are two temples here, one to Omkareshwar and one to Amareshwar.

The Omkareshwar Temple is built in the Nagara style and is characterized by a lofty shikhara. There are also shrines to Annapurna and Ganesha here. Before entering the temple one has to pass through two rooms. The Omkareshwar is not affixed to the ground but is naturally installed there. There is always water around it. The significance of this linga is that the linga is not situated below the cupola. The idol of Lord Shiva is situated on the top of the temple. The temple can be reached by ferry from the banks of the river. A huge fair is organized here on the day of Karthik Poornima.

Other Jyotirling in India
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Mallikarjun
Kedarnath
Mahakaleshwar
Bhimashankar
Vishwanath
Tryambakeshwar
Vaidyanath
Nageshwar
Rameswaram
Grishneshwar

How to Rich Omkareshwar Jyotirling

By Air : The nearest airport is Indore (77 km), connected by regular flights with Delhi, Mumbai, Bhopal and Gwalior.

By Rail : Nearest railhead is Omkareshwar Road (12 km) on the Ratlam-khandwa section of the Western Railway.

By Road : Omkareshwar is connected to Indore, Ujjain, Khandwa and Omkareshwar Road by regular bus services.

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