Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga – God Ling on the Mandatha Island
Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, situated on island “Mandatha” in the river of Narmada, near the famous city of Indore, Madhya Pradesh. This is called fourth major Jyotirlinga of Shivaji. In Omkareshwar, two forms of Jyotirlinga are worshipped on Omkareshwar and Amaleshwar. Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Jyotirlinga has been called ‘God Ling’ in Shiva Mahapurana. This is how the story of Lord Shiva appeared in this shrine or how it was established. The temple is spread across 2.6 km2.
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History of Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga
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Once upon a time, Nirad Rishi reached Giriraj Vindhya. Vindhya honoured and worshipped him with great respect. Vindhachal said ‘I am prime in myself, I have all kinds of wealth, there is no shortage of anything’ to Narad ji. Listening to such words full of ego and pride showed no generosity on the part of Vindhya, Narad Rishi took a long deep breath. Vindha was very surprised and but concerned to know that why did Rishi Narad took such a deep breath, so he questioned Rishi Narad “What makes you take a long breath? ”
Narad Ji said Vindhyachal that you have everything, but Mount Meru is very high but you can’t reach them. The peak of that mountain is the home of many Gods, thus you won’t be able to reach there ever. Narada Ji went there by saying this way. Vindhyachal was felt ashamed of the way he boasted in front of Rishi Narad after hearing this. He decided that now he will worship the Lord Vishwanath Lord Sadashiva in form of penance. He created Shiv Parvati Shivling and worshipped for 6months. After worshipping Shambhu, he became engrossed in his meditation and did not move around from his place. Lord Shiva was pleased with him after seeing his harsh austerity. He showed Vindhyachal his divine form. Lord Shiva happily spoke to Vindhyachal – ‘Vindhya! I am very pleased with you. I give my devotees their desired glory. Therefore you should ask for it. ‘Vindhya said,’ Deveshwar Mahesh! If you are pleased with me, then provide me with the desire to accomplish our work! “While fulfilling the request of Vindhya, Lord Shiva said to him: ‘You can do the kind of work you want to do. My blessings are with you. ‘
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After seeing this other Rishi’s and sages came there and worshipped Lord Shiva and prayed that may Lord Shiva be there always. Seeing this Lord Shiva was very pleased. At the request of the gods and the sages, Jyotirlinga, which was located there, was divided into two forms. A Pranav Ling, popularly known as Omkareshwar(an island that is in form of “om”) and the second Parthiv Ling, is known as Amaleshwar.
Architecture of Omkareshwar Temple
The Omkareshwar is not affixed to the ground but is naturally installed there. There is always water around it. Omkareshwar Jyotirling Complex is a five-storey building on which the temple of Lord Mahakaleshwar is on the first floor, Omkareshwar temple is situated on the 2nd floor, on the third floor Siddhanth Mahadev temple, on the fourth floor is situated Kedareshwar temple and the fifth floor is the temple of Gupteshwar Mahadev.
There are sixty large pillars in the temple chamber of Omkareshwar temple, which is 15 feet high. A restaurant is also run for pilgrims in this area where food is available for nominal fees. In the premises, there is the office of the Omkareshwar Jyothirling Trust which manages all the work.
How to Reach Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple?
Omkareshwar is situated in the middle of India, near the main town of Indore, Madhya Pradesh. There are many ways available to visit. Travellers from Indore and Khandwa can also come to Omkareshwar by a private taxi.
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Devi Ahilyabai Holkar International Airport, Indore is 77 km from Omkareshwar. Kingfisher, Air India, Jet Airways are available for regular flights to all major cities.
Trains are available for railway station Onkareshwar Road / Moratka is 12 km away. Railway junction Khandwa is 72 km far from Onkareshwar.
You can also opt a direct bus from bus stand Murtakka for Indore, Ujjain, Khandwa at a distance of approx 12km.
Apart from this, the road is also available from Savnad to Omkareshwar, passengers coming from Khandwa, Burhanpur can come directly from this route.
Some places have been fixed for parking due to the convenience of those who are reaching Sri Omkareshwar with their own vehicles. Visitors can park their vehicles according to their convenience in any parking on the basis of their destination. The list of these places is given below. is
1. Near P1 New Bus Stand
2. In front of Old Hatha Ashram near new hammock bridge
3. Near Mamleshwar Temple
4. Near Kashi Vishwanath Temple
5. Near the Vishnu temple in front of the Bahraini Akhara
Where to stay during Omkareshwar Darshan?
Many hotels and Dharamshalas are available for the devotees to stay at Omkareshwar. There are nearly 50 Dharamshalas here, most of which are new. Apart from these, there are many ashrams where you can take a stoppage.
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Where to eat during Omkareshwar Tirath Yatra?
There are many beautiful Ghats on the bank of Narmada river in Omkareshwar. This flow of the river is continuous and stable and the water is very pure. The river at the Ghats is not too deep and the devotees can easily bath. Mesh fencing is installed to save devotees from going into deep water. Security boats have also been arranged for their safety.
Kothi Tirtha Ghat situated in front of the main temple is considered the most important in all the Ghats. By placing a dip here, virtues of millions of pilgrims are received.
Prasadalaya (grain area) is operated by Sri Omkareshwar Temple Trust. Devotees are currently provided food for nominal fees. Prasadalaya or Restaurant is currently located in the temple premises, and the construction of the new grand restaurant is in progress, which is equipped with modern furnishings. Any devotee and donor can donate cash or food items can donate, for which receipt is given duly.
Best Season to visit Omkareshwar Mahadev
July to March (Rainy season is not recommended.)
Puja Timings at Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple
- The Omkareshwar Temple opens at 5:00 AM and closes at 9:30 PM.
- The Mangal Aarti is done between 5 AM to 5:30 AM
- The Jalabhishek is done between 5:30 AM to 12:25 PM.
- The sanctum is closed between 3:50 PM to 4:15 PM.
- The evening darshan begins at 4:15 PM and the evening Aarti is conducted from 8:20 PM to 9:05 PM.
- Special darshan is available for handicapped people or for people who are unable to stand for general darshan.