Shri Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga located in Madhya Pradesh is prime attraction in and around Indore city. Situated on the north banks of river Narmada, Omkareshwar is among the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva and is also one of the most sacred places in India. It is situated on the island named Mandhata or Shivapuri above Narmada, whose shape is believed to be alike the Hindu symbol.
One should visit this holy place to feel the serenity on the banks of Narmada, to wash the sins of lifetime and to take blessings of Lord Shiva for blissful life ahead.
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Apart from being a divine place, Omkareshwar is also jeweled with sceneric beauty including beautiful architectures that shows rich Indian culture. Popular spots nearby include Kajal Rani caves that are not less than a adventure, Fanase and Peshawar ghats that are great places to enjoy along with family or friends. The place is enriched with the taste of Malwa including mouth-watering Dal-bati, Churma prepared on sigdis that will surely soothe your taste buds.
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Experts believe that, Vindhya mountain prayed Lord Shiva and was blessed here by Shiva, after which Shiva remained here as Pranav lingam.
Another related story suggests that King Mandhata along with his son prayed Shiva here untill Lord established himself as a Jyotirlinga, hence the mountain is termed Mandhata.
The final story says that once a terrible war happened between Devas and Danavas, in which Devas were defeated, hence Devas started to pray Lord Shiva. Charmed with the prayer, Shiva established himself as Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga and finally conquered Danavas.
Regarding the construction, nobody claims a proof about when the temple was build. The holy place holding in the Jyotirlinga, originally is a pint-sized temple of the ancient construction style, where stone slabs are used to construct the dome.
The temple consist an excellent Sabha Mandap (meeting cum prayer hall) residing on 60 large brownish pillars, with appreciable carving of sterile figures. Regularly, three ‘Pujas’ are held in the temple.
Located in the district Khandwa of Madhya Pradesh (India), it is almost 77 km away from Indore. Today the place is well developed with all the necessary amenities. Omkareshwar has several markets and come within reach of all known temples. Many small hotels with low rates are available.