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Omkareshwar Temple

Omkareshwar Temple

By: Hari Prasad Doddi On: 2015-07-04 Category: Jyothirlinga Temple Views: 4115
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Omkareshwar temple is one of the twelve Jyothirlingams located on an island called Mandhata or Shivapuri in the Narmada River. The shape of the island resembles the visual representation of the letter Om. There are two temples here, one to Omkareshwar (whose name means "Lord of Omkaara or the Lord of the Om Sound") and one to Amareshwar (whose name means "Immortal lord" or "lord of the Immortals or Devas").

The main Omkareswar temple is built in the North Indian style of architecture, with high spires. This temple is the main attraction of the pilgrims. As to who constructed the temple and when, is still unknown. The sanctum sanctorum containing the Jyotirlinga seems to have been originally a small temple of the old construction style, the dome being made of layers of stone slabs. As this temple is too close to the straight deep bank of the Narmada to the south, the great extension is of new construction style. This is the reason why the sanctum sanctorum and the main deity are neither in the front of the main door nor below the higher conspicuous Shikhar or the tower of later construction. Omkareshwar, Lord Mahakaleshwar, Sidhhanath, Gupteshwar and Dhwadhadhari shikhar.



Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga also has its own history and stories.Three of them are prominent. The first story is about Vindhya Parvat (Mount). Once upon a time Narada (son of Lord Brahma), known for his non-stop cosmic travel, visited Vindhya parvat. In his spicy way Narad told Vindhya Parvat about the greatness of Mount Meru. This made Vindhya jealous of Meru and he decided to be bigger than Meru. Vindhya started worship of Lord Shiva to become greater than Meru. Vindhya Parvat practiced severe penance and worshipped parthivlinga (A linga made from physical material) along with Lord Omkareshwar for nearly six months. As a result Lord Shiva was pleased and blessed him with his desired boon. 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. Lord Shiva gave the boon of growing, but took a promise that Vindhya will never be a problem to Shiva's devotees. Vindhya began to grow, but did not keep his promise. It even obstructed the sun and the moon. All deities approached sage Agastya for help. Agastya along with his wife came to Vindhya, and convinced him that he would not grow until the sage and his wife returned. They never returned and Vindhya is there as it was when they left. The sage and his wife stayed in Srisailam which is regarded as Dakshina Kashi and one of the Dwadash Jyotirlinga.

The second story relates to Mandhata and his son's penance. King Mandhata of Ishvaku clan (an ancestor of Lord Ram) worshipped Lord Shiva here till the Lord manifested himself as a Jyotirlinga. Some scholars also narrate the story about Mandhata's sons-Ambarish and Mucchkund, who had practiced severe penance and austerities here and pleased Lord Shiva. Because of this the mountain is named Mandhata.

The third story from Hindu scriptures says that once upon a time there was a great war between Devas and Danavas(demon), in which Danavas won. This was a major setback for Devas and hence Devas prayed to Lord Shiva. Pleased with their prayer, Lord Shiva emerged in the form of Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga and defeated Danavas.

Events & Festivals:

Kartik Festival:

This festival will be celebrated in the month of Kartik of hindu calander. This festival is celebrated for 10 days. “Panchkroshi yatra” yatra is organized on this festival it begins from gomukh ghat on ekadashi or eleventh day of brighter fortnight of month kartik. Then it goes through Sanawad, Barwah and ends at Omkareshwar temple on Purnima or Fullmoon fifteenth day of Brighter fortnight of month kartik with darshan of Lord Omkareshwar.

A fair is also organized on this occasion. Thousands of devotees come from all over india in this fare and stay here for weeks.

On Somvati Amavasya count of devotees goes to maximum because it is believed that this is the best time for snan in narmada. During this festival special Puja of Lord Omkareshwar is done with high spirits and devotion.


This festival will be celebrated in the month of Falgun month of hindu calander. According to legends Maha Shivratri is the day of wedding of lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. This festival is considered most majestic by devotees of Lord Shiva. Special puja is done on this festival.

Narmada Jayanti:

This will be celebrated in Magh Month is celebrated with great pomp and show .This festival is dedicated to Narmada. Janmotsava or birth celebration of Naramada is celebrated in afternoon then the island and hill is decorated with thousands of lamps and in the evening all lamps are lit together and Mahaarti of narmada is performed followed by fireworks. A grand bhandara or feast is organized on this occasion and thousands of people enjoy the festival with the holy Prasad.

Bhutni Amavasya:

This amavasya comes twice in year, once in Ashwin month and other in chaitra month. Devotees come to have darshan and snan on this day.


Other Information:


In Omkareshwar Mandir regular Pujan and Seva of deity is beings performed from centuries in the same ways. Timings of Pujan and Darshan may change during Festivals and special Occasions.




Mangal Arti

05 .00AM to 05.30 AM


05.30 AM to 12.25 PM

Madhyanha Bhog

12.25 PM to 01.15 PM


01.15 PM to 03.50 PM

Vyavastha (Darshan Closed)

03.50 PM to 04.15 PM

Shringar Darshan

04.15 PM to 08.20 PM

Shayan Arti

08.20 PM to 09.05 PM

Shayan Darshan

09.05 PM to 09.35 PM

Pat band Vishram

09.35 PM to 05.00 AM

Rules For Darshan:

·         Pilgrims should maintain peace at the temple premises, don’t quarrel or abuse.      

·         Maintain cleanliness in the premises don’t litter here and there.     

·         Don’t give money to the beggars it increases problem.        

·         Help to maintain order, follow instructions given by the Policemen, volunteers and authorities.        

·         Don’t submit water, milk or other things on deity when prohibited.              

·         Maintain queue for darshan, be patient don’t create unnecessary pressure on others.             

·         Follow Pujan rules and procedures as directed by Purohitas and Pandits.


Nearby Places:

·         Panchmukhi Ganesh Temple

·         Mamleshwar Temple

·         Vrahadeshwar temple

·         Govindeshwar temple and cave

·         Annapoorna temple

·         Mahakaeshwar temple

·         Gurudwara

·         Shri Dada Darbar khandwa

·         Siddhawar koot

·         Maheshwar

·         Burhanpur

·         Mandu



City           : Shivapuri

Dist.          : Khandwa

State         : Madhya Pradesh

Country   : India

PIN           : 450554


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