Omkareshwar is the sacred Indian tourist place famous for Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva. Omkareshwar is named as 12 honored Jyotirlinga of God Shiva. This shrine is placed on an island known as Mandhata (also recognized as Shivapuri). The flowing River Narmada is having huge holy values for Hindus. If you view the island from sky you will find the shape of island as ॐ (Om) symbol. Omkareshwar and Amareshwar are two mostly visited temples of this place.
Omkareshwar is the place where Lord Shiva and many other Hindu gods visited several time. Vindhya hills in North, Satpura forest in South and River Narmada in West are making this place most impressive for voyagers. In ancient period this tourist place of India was full of alligators and fish.
Attraction in Omkareshwar
Countless places are available here for voyagers but few of them are special. Some of the key destinations of Omkareshwar are described below:
Omkareshwar Temple: A shrine of Lord Shiva is first place to visit. This most popular holy spots is positioned on Mandhata Island. This shrine is linked in 12 Jyotirlinga of the world located at different places.
Kajal Rani Cave: Another famous spot for voyagers is cave of Kajal Rani. This cave is placed at only gap of 9 km from main temple Omkareshwar. This main tourist spot is offering amazing view of long stretched surrounding lands with greenery everywhere.
Siddhanath Temple: Next spot to visit is Siddhanath Temple of Lord Shiva. The structural design of this shrine is special as it is made of Brahmin style. Wow, you have to reach plateau to attain the temple. The huge podium with decorated carvings and wall painting makes this temple special then others.
Shri Omkar Mandhata Temple: You will be surprised there are countless holy places in Omkareshwar. Our next holy place is Omkar Mandhata Temple that is one of the 12 Jyothirlinga’s in India. This shrine is placed at the meeting point of River Narmada and Kaveri. The structural design is similar to Nagara style. This shrine of Lord Shiva is special destination and voyagers must reach the spot at occasion of Shiva Ratri the Indian festival.
Kedareshwar Temple: one more holy spot is Kedareshwar positioned close to Shri Omkar shrine. This ancient temple was constructed in 11th era A.D.
Sri Govinda Bhagavatpada Cave: Do you love adventurous places then visit cave of Govinda Bhagavatpada that is linked to Sankaracharya the famous Saint of India. As per sources this place is major spot of Sankaracharya where he learned the Govind Bhagwatpad grantha.
Mamleshwar temple: Once you visit the Omkareshwar destination you must visit and take blessings of Lord Shiva at Mamleshwar temple. Move towards opposite bank of River Narmada to reach the temple.
24 Avatars: Next is 24 Avatars holy place positioned at Omkareshwar City. It is the group of Jain and Hindu temples with unique structural design. However, city faced the damages done by the Muslim ruler Mahmud Ghazni in 11th century as he demolished countless Hindu temples during his ruling period.
There are many more temples and shrines in Omkareshwar so you need to plan your trip for longer than one week so that you can take blessings of many Hindu gods at same place. Some of the key temples of this destination are Satmatrika Temples, Ranmukteshwar temple, Gauri Somanth temple, Fanase Ghat and Peshawar Ghat.
Attaining to Omkareshwar:
As it is an island so reaching there through steamboats is good option. Devotees can reach the place through different ways. There are two connecting bridges on Narmada River which allow the visitors to reach the Omkareshwar temple.
By Air: The nearest Airport to Omkareshwar is Indore which is 77 km away from this island and the next airport is Ujjain which is situated at 133 km distant.
By Rail: Closest Railway Station is Omkareshwar Road which is 12 km from the city.