Omkareshwar Temple of Shiva Omkareshwar Mortakka Mundi Road,, Omkareshwar, Khandwa-450554

Shri Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples in India. Shri Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga is the only one situated at the north bank of River Narmada

Temple Etiquette

  • Footwear not allowed inside

    Footwear not allowed inside
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    Footwear to be left outside the temple. In summer be careful of the hot paving stones.

  • Prasad and donation

    Prasad and donation
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    Use your right hand to accept prasad and give donations. The left hand is considered unclean in India.

  • Dress conservatively

    Dress conservatively
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    Avoid shorts, skirts, tanktops and do not expose legs.

  • Restricted entry

    Restricted entry
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    Entry is normally restricted to temple priests in the sanctum sanctorum. Some temples restrict the entry of non-Hindus

  • Avoid cellphones

    Avoid cellphones
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    Use of cell phones is restricted normally. Photography is restricted in some temples.

  • Circumambulation or pradakshina

    Circumambulation or pradakshina
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    Devotees are to walk around the sanctum sanctorum in a clockwise direction


About Omkareshwar Temple

Omkareshwar is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This Indian temple is considered as one of the 12 jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. This temple is located on the island called Mandhata or Shivapuri in the Narmada river, the shape of island is said to be like the Hindu OM symbol. In this place there are two Hindu temples, Omkareshwar and Amareshwar. As per the shloka (hymn) on Dwadash jyotirligam, Mamleshwar is the jyotirling, which is on other side of Narmada river.

According to this Hindu temple legend, once upon a time Narada visited Vindhya parbat (mountain) and expounded the greatness of Mount Meru. Vindhya became jealous and he decided to be bigger than Meru. Vindhya started to worship Shiva along with lord Omkareshwar for nearly six months to become greater than Meru. Lord Shiva blessed and gave a boon as he desired. By the request of all the gods and sages lord Shiva made two parts of a linga.  One half is called Omkareshwara and the other Mamaleshwar or Amareshwar. Lord Shiva gave the boon of growing but took a promise that Vindhya would never be a problem to Shiva's devotees. But Vindhya did not kept his promise and began to obstruct the sun and moon. All the gods approached sage Agasthya for help. Agasthya along with his wife came to Vindhya and convinced him not to grow until they returned. They never returned and Vindhya is now found as it was when they left. The sage and his wife stayed in Shrisailam which is regarded as Dakshina Kashi and one of the Dwadash Jyotirlinga.

According to the Shivapurana , when Brahma and Vishnu had an argument over who was superior, Shiva pierced the three worlds as a big endless pillar of light,the jyotirlinga. Vishnu and Brahma went to look for the source and end of the pillar of light and fire respectively. Vishnu gave up and admitted defeat but Brahma arrogantly lied that he had reached the crown of the pillar. Shiva cursed him for his deceit but acknowledged Hari/Vishnu as his equal. Shiva appearing as a fiery column of light is considered as a jyotirlinga.There were 64 jyotirlinga, among them 12 jyotrilinga is considered as  holy. Each of the twelve jyothirlinga sites take the name of the presiding deity - each considered different manifestations of Shiva. At all these sites, the primary image is a linga representing the eternal Stambha pillar, symbolizing the infinite nature of Shiva.

The twelve jyothirlinga are

1.Somnath in Gujarat,

2.Mallikarjuna at Shrisailam in Andra Pradesh,

3.Mahakaleswar at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh,

4.Omkareshwar in Madhya Pradesh,

5.Kedarnath in Himalayas,

6.Bhimashankar in Maharastra,

7.Viswanath at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh,

8.Triambakeshwar near Nashik in Maharastra,

9.Vaidyanath at Deogarh in Jharkand,

10.Nageswar at Dwarka in Gujarat,

11.Rameshwar at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu and

12.Grishneshwar near Aurangabad in Maharastra.

On all mondays, the gold plated three handed idol of lord omkareshwar is taken to a palanquin with bands and drums while priests and devotees gather in procession known as dola.Somwar Sawaris is a procession held in the holy month of Shravan, the crowds dancing uttering the lord's name "Om Shambho Bholenath",and throwing Gulal in the air.

 

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