Omkareswar is actually an island surrounded by river Narmada near Indore in Madhya Pradesh. Omkareswar is the result of the diversion in the river Narmada which caused it to branch its flow into two. One side of river is called Narmada while the other branch is named as Kaveri and both these join at the other end of the island which is known as Sangam (place where two rivers join). This temple is drawing thousands of tourist and millions of devotees from all across the world. Omkareswar 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. It is near Indore, which is said to be the commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh.
The shape of the island is in the form of letter Om in Sanskrit as such it is named as Omkareswar. The island comprises of two lofty hills and peculiarly designed by nature to appear in the shape of letter OM. There is bridge to reach the island. There are steamboats across the Narmada River and also two connecting bridges to reach the temple.
Omkareswar is temple of Lord Shiva which is situated on the mountain Mandhata by the banks of Narmada River. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva which are spread throughout India. It is closely linked with the Mamaleswar Temple which is situated on the southern end of the Narmada River. The temple is extraordinary constructed built in stone which is highly regarded extravagant style.
The white dome is made of soft soap stone and it is an attraction of the temple. You must claim the steps inside the dome where you will see Lord shivalinga in each floor of the tower. It is said that it date backs to the glorious times of the 17th century when temples were not merely places of worship.
The twelve jyothirlinga are Somnath in Gujarat, Mallikarjuna at Srisailam in Andra Pradesh, Mahakaleswar atUjjain in Madhya Pradesh, Omkareshwar in Madhya Pradesh, Kedarnath in Himalayas, Bhimashankar in Maharastra, Viswanath at Varanasi inUttar Pradesh, Triambakeshwar near Nashik in Maharastra, Vaidyanath at Deogarh in Jharkand, Nageswar at Dwarka in Gujarat, Rameshwar atRameswaram in Tamil Nadu and Grishneshwar near Aurangabad in Maharastra.
The popular story of this place relates to Mandhata and his son's penance. King Mandhata was an ancestor of Lord Ram. He worshipped Lord Shiva here till the Lord manifested himself as a Jyotirlinga. Later his sons-Ambarish and Mucchkund practiced severe penance and austerities here and pleased Lord Shiva. Because of this the mountain is named as Mandhata. There was a great war between Devas and Danavas(demon), in which Danavas won. This was a major setback for Devas . Hence Devas prayed to Lord Shiva. Pleased with their prayer, Lord Shiva emerged in the form of Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga and defeated Danavas.
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