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Sri Omkareshwar Temple is one of the Jyothirlingams and is located on the banks of river Narmada In the town of Mandhata, Khandwa District, Madhya Pradesh. The Lingam of Omkareshwar is “Suyambu”, or self-manifested. The entire town is in the shape of “Om”, hence the city got its name Omkareshwar. This temple is highly significant as the saint Adi Shankara met his Guru Govindapada, in the caves of the temple. This is a very renowned temple which sees a constant influx of devotees.
Lord Vindhya was the deity of the Vindhyachal mountain range. He was a devotee of Lord Shiva. He worshipped Lord Shiva to eradicate his sin and created a Lingam made of sand and clay. Lord Shiva was highly pleased with his devotion and worship. To appease his devotee, Lord Shiva appeared in the forms of Omkareshwar and Amaleswara. As the island resembled the shape of Om, the town got the name Omkareshwar.
King Mandhata of Ikshvaku clan was a devotee of Lord Shiva. His penance was severe, which made Lord Shiva appear before the King as a Jyothirlingam. Similarly, King Mandhata's sons, King Ambarish and King Muchukunda, also did severe penance and worshipped Lord Shiva. Thus, the peak was named after King Mandhata.
Legend says that once there was a great war between the Devas and Asuras. In the fierce battle, the Asuras defeated the Devas. When all the Devas requested Lord Shiva to help them, He took the form of Lord Omkareshwar Jyothirlingam and defeated the Asuras.
The entire island on which the temple structure stands is in the shape of Om. This entire island is said to be highly mystical. The temple has many beautiful carvings and images, and its architecture is truly exceptional. The temple has a beautiful hall, which is supported by pillars. Many inscriptions have been discovered here by the Archeological department. However, this temple, like many others, was not spared from the Islamic invasions, which destroyed most of the beautiful carvings and structures. The temple was completely desecrated during the invasions.
The temple has been renovated many times by different rulers like Paramaras in the 11th century, and the Holkars in the 19th century, The temple has five-stories, and the Lingam is in the first level. The Lingam of Lord Shiva in this temple is found to be self-manifested and is not in proper shape. There are shrines for Lord Ganesha, Lord Karthikeya, and Goddess Parvati, too.
There are many festivals celebrated in this temple. Among them, Shiva Ratri and Navaratri are highly celebrated, where all the ten days are filled with a lot of celebrations.
Lord Shiva is highly benevolent. It is believed that visiting Sri Omkareshwar Temple will curb the birth-death cycle. He protects the lives of his devotees and helps them to have an enhanced life.
The nearest international airport is in Indore, which is just 75 kilometers away from the temple.
The nearest railway station is 12 Kilometers away from the temple in the town of Indore. People can resort to local transport from the railway station to the temple.
The city of Indore is well connected to most of the cities. Local transport is available in plenty. The city offers frequent bus services and connects to most of the important cities.
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