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“Shri Omkareswar Jyothirlinga”
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Omkareshwar Temple
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“Shri Omkareswar Jyothirlinga”
Reviewed April 20, 2014

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.
Mythological stories:
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.

Visited November 2013
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Reviewed March 7, 2014 via mobile

I was very excited to see the temple as it was very famous...but I must say tht the temple was very pretty but I was very disappointed with the pandits ard..how they fool u n just scam money..I like temples but am not a hard core religious purpose I moreover I attend the temples to feel the positive ness as well as to check out the architecture as it really fascinates me...as soon as we entered the temple we were scammed by a pandit saying the temple is very busy n tht we should take him along so he can get us right inside the temple...he did just tht but then the temple wasn't crowded.n the pandit had setting with all the flower shop n shoes shop...I was very disappointed mainly cos the meaning of visiting the temple vanished for me there...seeing the greedy pandits made me feel very upset n on the ppl who u think u can trust had just fooled us....wasn't the right feeling...so I suggest everyone to be smart n explore the place yourself

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“Omkareshwar : fourth Jyotirlingas”
Reviewed February 17, 2014

It is located 77km frm Indore on Narmada river. Due to shape of the this place like the Hindu symbol - OM thats why d name is derives Omkareshwar. Also visit 3rd Jyotirlingas Mahakaleshwar in Ujjain city.

Visited February 2014
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“Shiv Hee Satya Hai”
Reviewed February 9, 2014

One of the Jyotirlingam, the visit is completed only by Mamleshwar Temple also on the other side of the River. If you are lucky, Sanskrit Vidyapeeth's students chanting of Shiv Stotrawill take you out of this world. The place to stay is Madhya Pradesh Tourism Resort which is nearby and is located with wonderful ambience.

Go with sacred Heart and find the beauty of Shiv's blessing.

Visited April 2013
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“Omkareshwar on the banks of Narmada river”
Reviewed February 8, 2014

Omkareshwar is situated in the Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh State in India. It is about 20 kms from Mortakka in Madhya Pradesh.

Omkareshwar is formed by the sacred river Narmada. This is one of the most sacred rivers of India.

Omkareshwar is a Hindu temple dedicated to God Shiva. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. It is on an island called Mandhata or Shivapuri in the Narmada river.

Omkareshwar and Amareshwar are situated on either side of the river Narmada. But as per the sloka on dwadash jyotirligam, Mamleshwar is the jyotirling. Both are connected by a bridge on the river Narmada. Boats are available to cross the river. Pilgrams take a holy dip in the river, before they proceed to visit the temple. Abhisekhams are done at both the temples.

Omkareshwar is well connected by Train and buses. Ujjain is about 130 kms from this place and Indore, the capital of Madhya Pradesh is about 80 kms. One private trust exists where ample good accommodation is available for an overnight stay. However, good food is a problem to get.

Visited March 2013
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