Omkareshwar Mamleshwar Jyotirlinga Tour Guide
Omkareshwar is situated in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh in Mandhata Mountains on the bank of river Narmada. On the banks of the Narmada, Omkareswar is a Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva. It is located at a distance of about 77 KM from Indore and 13 km from Mortakka in Madhya Pradesh.
Omkareshwar is also known as Omkarji . Omkareswar is a Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva. It is located at a distance of about 77 KM from Khandwa, 113 kms from Indore and 13 km from Mortakka in Madhya Pradesh.
The river Narmada splits into two and forms an island named Mandhata or Shivapuri in the center. This island is about 4 KM long and 2 KM wide. The shape of the island resembles the visual representation of the letter OM.
Omkareshwar Mamleshwar Jyotirling - Imp Details
Omkareshwar is fourth jyotirlinga, situated in the Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh, about 80 Kms from Indore.
There are two temples here, one is Omkareshwar, and another one is Mamleshwar or Amareshwar. After bath in the morning, first visit Mamleshwar temple on one side of river, This is an ancient temple, there are 7-8 other temples in the Mamleshwar Temple campus.
Omkareshwar temple and Mamleshwar temple are different and both are considered as One jyotirlingas, These are located on opposite banks of holy river Narmada, steam boats are used to go on either side also two bridges are there to cross the river.
Omkareshwar island is formed on river Narmada, Near by is a major project, Called Omkareshwar Dam is a gravity dam on the Narmada River just upstream of Mandhata in Khandwa district, Madhya Pradesh, India. It is named after the Omkareshwar temple located just downstream.
1. There are no Restaurants on the Omkareshwar side of temples, If you want to eat you need to go to Mamleshwar side.
2. It is always suggested to have a cold dip on the Narmada Ghat on Omkareshwar.
Legend of Omkareshwar
Legend has it that the Vindhya Mountain prayed to Shiva in the form of Parthiv lingam and was blessed here by lord Shiva lord because of that Lord Shiva appeared and remain here as Pranav lingam . Legend also say that upon the request of the Devas, the Shivalinga split into two, one half being Omkareswara and the other Mamleswara or Amareswar the jyoti lingam is at Omkareshwar and parthiv lingam is at Amreshvara .According to another story King Mandhatha of the Ishvaku worshiped Shiva here, and Lord Shiva was pleased and conferred his eternal light and remain here as Omkareshwar.
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Package Tour Inclusions
12 Jyotirlings of India - List
(Shri Mahakaleshwar Temple)
Day 01: New Delhi/Mumbai - Indore – Ujjain (By Air)
Catch flight for Indore. On reaching Indore, Holidaytravel.co representative will greet you at the exit gate of Airport. Proceed to Ujjan. On reaching Ujjain, Check in the Hotel. Overnight Ujjan.
Day 02: Ujjain - Mahakal Darshan + Site Seeing
In the morning, Have Darshans of Mahakal and proceed on Day long tour of Ujjain including Holy dip in Khsipra River. Rest of the day is free for visiting other religious places like- Ram Ghat,Haraasiddhi Temple, Chaubis Khamba Temple, Triveni Navgraha Shani Mandir, sandipani Ashram, Kala Bhairav.
Overnight at Ujjain.
Day 03: Mahakal Bhasm Aarti + Omkareshwar Tour + Shayan Aarti at Omkareshwar
Wake up early and attend the Bhasam Shingar & Aarti at 02:00 AM . After free from the Bhasam shingar darshan, check out the hotel and proceed to Omkareshwar by Cab.
Reach Omkareshwar by Afternoon. Have Darshan & Puja at Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga at both sides Omkareshwar and Mamleshwar.
Attend the Shayan Aarti at Omkareshwar.
Night Stay in Omkareshwar
Day 4 :- Omkareshwar to Maheshwar ( Optional)
We can proceed on one day optional tour of Maheshwar, which is also Historical, and very interesting as well as Spiritual destination
Day 05: Omkareshwar to Indore
After breakfast check out the hotel and proceed to Indore. Catch the Evening Flight Back to Home Delhi/Mumbai.
Shayan Arti Omkareshwar - A Must Attend Event
Jyotirlinga in Omkareshwar
Shiv Mahapuran, once Brahma (the Hindu God of creation) and Vishnu (the Hindu God of Protection and Care) had an argument in terms of supremacy of creation. To test them, Shiva pierced the three worlds as a huge endless pillar of light, the jyotirlinga. Vishnu and Brahma split their ways to downwards and upwards respectively to find the end of the light in either directions. Brahma lied that he found out the end, while Vishnu conceded his defeat. Shiva appeared as a second pillar of light and cursed Brahma that he would have no place in ceremonies while Vishnu would be worshipped till the end of eternity. The jyotirlinga is the supreme partless reality, out of which Shiva partly appears. The jyothirlinga shrines, thus are places where
Shiva appeared as a fiery column of light. Originally there were believed to be 64 jyothirlingas while 12 of them are considered to be very auspicious and holy. Each of the twelve jyothirlinga sites take the name of the presiding deity - each considered different manifestation of Shiva. At all these sites, the primary image is lingam representing the beginningless and endless Stambha pillar, symbolizing the infinite nature of Shiva.
Pujan and Savari in Omkareshwar Temple
There are three regular ‘Pujas’ in the temple. The morning puja done by the temple trust, the middle one by the priest of Scindia state and in evening by the priest of the Holkar state.
The temple is always crowded with pilgrims, coming after a immersion in the Narmada and with pots full of Narmada water, coconuts and articles of worship, many of them performing Abhishek or special worships through the priests During fair or ‘Parva’ times there are heavy crowds in the temple.
On every Monday the gold plates three headed idol of Lord Omkar is taken in a palanquin with bands, drums , priests and devotees gather in procession known as Dola , first they go to the river where worship is done and then through the streets of the town.
In the month of holy shravan the processions call “Somvar Sawaris” are huge and grand, the crowds dancing uttering the Lord’s name “Om Shambhu Bholenath”, and throwing Gulal making the atmosphere red.
When to visit Omkareshwar
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Omkareshwar is a beautiful place with island embraced by Kaveri (branch of Narmada) in North and sacred Narmada river in South at West of Madhya Pradesh. It can be visited throughout the year but the time from August to March was good time to visit this holy place.
During festivals like in months of August, October, November, February it remain crowded with devotees from all over India to offer their prayer in temples and have holy dip in rivers.
Here in Month of February visitor's crowd is at its peak due to festival of Maha-shivaratri, a festival to worship Lord Shiva. This place never remain under shortage of water as its flow was controlled by nearby dam so it can be visited any time of year by tourists & devotees.
Reach Omkareshwar By Air: Omkareshwar is in west of Madhya Pradesh state. It is a popular pilgrim tourism destination. Its nearby developed city is Indore which is a popular airport, commercial hub and well linked with trains from rest of the India.
So major access to Omkareshwar is via Indore city. Various modes to traveling to Omkareshwar is given below:
Reach Omkareshwar By Road: Omkareshwar is well linked by road to other places in India. It has direct road connectivity to destinations like Indore, Burhanpur, Maheshwar etc. Most of the road conditions are good to travel.
One can travel to Omkareshwar by road at any time of the day and even in night hours. It has good bus & taxi connectivity with Indore and Maheshwar. Town have its own small Bus-stand in city center. You can easily get bus service in day time but rarely find any bus service in night hours.
Reach Omkareshwar By Train: For reaching Omkareshwar by train, nearest railway station is in Indore & Khandwa
Budget Accomodation at Omkareshwar
Shri Gajanan Maharaj Seva Sansthan Guest House.
Ultra Clean with Spiritual atmosphere, also there is a beautiful temple of Shri Gajanan Maharaj of Shegaon (Maharashtra).
The guest house is managed by Shri Gajanan Maharaj of Shegaon Trust. On checking out you’ll get the packed prasad, Bhasam Vibhuti and a photograph of Shri Gajanan Maharaj. Charges for 24 hrs. stay for 3 bed is Rs. 225 only with all facilities e.g. Hot water, attached lat bath etc. Vegetable Thali is at Rs 20.
Contact number of Shri Gajanan Maharaj Bhakt Niwas Omkareshwar. Phone number is - 07280271204.
Omkareshwar - Near By temples
On the way back from omkareshwar at 4 km in the village Shivkothi there is a ashram of Swami Shivoham Bharti in the name Namah Shivay Mission. Here free of cost food is always available for everyone.
Namah Shivay Mission, Shivkothi
Around 40 KM from Omkareshwar there is a beautiful temple of Bheru Baba, We stopped there and took darshan there.
Omkareshwar Luxury Bus Service from Ujjain
There is a Luxury bus service by MPTDC plying between Ujjain and Omkareshwar. This time, at Shri Mukesh’s suggestion we tried that and cud get the bus resevation etc.
It starts from Ujjain, just outside the Mahakal temple premises at about 0700AM. (Not sure of timings but it wud be a differencec of at the most 60 minutes.) Takes abt 5 hrs to reach Omkareshwar via Indore. And it returns from Omkareshwar to Ujjain earliest by 0300 P.M.
How to Reach Omkareshwar - Guide
Air : The Airports close to Omkareshwar are at Indore (77 km) and Ujjain (133 km).
Rail : Nearest Railway Station is at Omkareshwar Road (12 km) on the Ratlam-Khandwa section of the Western Railway which is not a mainline. The other nearest railway station connected to Delhi and Mumbai is at Indore (77 km).
Road : Omkareshwar is connected to major towns and cities of Madhya Pradesh. There are regular bus services from Indore (77 km), Ujjain (133 km) Khandwa (61 km.) and Omkareshwar Road (12 km). By bus, it takes 2.5 hrs from Khandwa railway station
(Narmada in Omkareshwar)
Panchmukhi Ganesh Temple
Lord Ganesha is believed as “Pratham Pujya” or to be worshipped first. In Omkareshwar Panchmukhi Ganesh Temple is situated before Main temple. Idol of Shri Ganesh here is believed self manifested it appeared in the same stone in which lord Omkareshwar is situated. The idol has five faces twi each on the sides and one in the front. Devotees do Darshan here first the in the main temple. A grand Yagya is organized on Chaturthi in the month of Bhadon.
Mamleshwar mandir is on the south bank of Narmada. The correct name of this mandir is Amaraeshwar. Devotees have darshan and poojan in Omkareshwar and Mamleshwar both.
This temple is an excellent monument of ancient architecture and stone work. On the walls of this temple mahimn strotas are engraved which are expected of 1063AD. Maharani Ahilyabai holkar used to worship in this temple and purohit of holkar state are doing poojan archan from her time till now.
This temple is under care of Ahilyabai khasgi trust. This temple is a protected monument under Archaeological survey of India.
Vrahadeshwar temple is situated near Mamleshwar temple. This temple is decorated with very beautiful and fine engraving on pillars and walls. The statues of 24 avatars are placed here nowadays.
Govindeshwar temple and cave
This temple is situated near the entry gate of Omkareshwar mandir. It is a established fact that jagadguru aadi Shankaracharya has taken deeksha and yog lekh shiksha from his guru Govind bhagvad pad in Omkareshwar. The place where he received deekhsha is now known a Govindeshwar mandir, and the where guru Govind bhagvad pad used to live and penance is known as Govindeshwar gufa(Cave).
This temple is renovated in 1989 by Jagadguru Jayendra Saraswati and president of India Mr. R. Venkatraman made the foundation of the renovation process.
Annapoorna temple is an ancient temple a large complex has been built. Sarvamangla temple is also in the temple complex where the statues of Laxmi, Paarvati and Saraswati are worshiped.
Along with this a 35 feet tall statue of lord Shree Krishna is situated here in the Virat Swaroop. The majesty of Virat swaroop is described in Shrimad bhagwad Geeta.
On the second storey of Omkareshwar Temple, Shri Mahakaleshwar is situated. Like in Shri Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga of Ujjain there is a temple of Lord omkareshwar.
Here the temple of Lord Mahakal is situated above Lord Omkar but at Ujjain it’s vice versa. All devotees visit here do have Darshan and Pujan in Shri Mahakaleshwar temple also.
Shri Gurunanak dev ji maharaj visited omkareshwar during his countrywide long religious journey. In the holy memory of this a Gurudwara is established here by Sikh community. Both Hindu and Sikkh come here for darshan.
The Narmada also called Rewa or Mekal Kanya is a river in central India and the fifth largest river in the Indian subcontinent. It is the third largest river that completely flows within India after Ganga and Godavari.
It forms the traditional boundary between North India and South India and flows westwards over a length of 1,312 km before draining through the Gulf of Khambat into the Arabian Sea, 30 km west of Bharuch city of Gujarat. It is one of only three major rivers in that runs from east to west along with the Tapti River and the Mahi River. It is the only river that flows in a rift valley flowing west between the Satpura and Vindhya ranges. It flows through the states of Madhya Pradesh (1,077 km), Maharashtra (35 km), border between Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra and (39 km) border between Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat and in Gujarat (161 km).
Narmada in Omkareshwar
Only Jyotirlinga comes in the journey of river is Omkareshwar. Devotees and Purohitas perform Narmada Arti and flow little lamps in river at every evening, this is known as “Deepdan”.
It creates a beautiful scene when beautiful lamps twinkle on the waves of holy Narmada. On festivals and Narmada Jayanti it is done on huge scale and creates magnificent atmosphere. Here Narmada River is spitted in to two parts that causes the construction of the island named “Vaidurya Mani Parvat” in the puranas where Omkareshwar Jyotirling is situated. In the north of the Island It is called as Kaveri which is broad and shallow and in south is narmada stays narrow and deep.
Devotees of lord Omkareshwar perform circumambulation or “Parikrama” of Mandhata parvat and Omkareshwar temple with narmada water in hand for fulfillment of there wishes.
it is a about 7 km walk and during the parikrama many temples and Structures are visited by devotees. Some of them are mentioned below.
Devotees of lord Omkareshwar perform circumambulation or “Parikrama” of Mandhata parvat and Omkareshwar temple with narmada water in hand for fulfillment of there wishes.ita about 7 km walk and during the parikrama many temples and Structures are visited by devotees. Some of them are mentioned below.
Chand Suraj Dwar and Bheem arjun Dwar
These ancient structures come across the parikrama path and seem that they are remains of ancient civilization buildings.
This Temple is situated in the second and final confluence of narmada and kaveri. As the name of this temple indicates that a pilgrim who offers gram pulses is absolved of all debts unpaid in his present or previous birth according to beliefs.
Gauri Somnath Mandir
This is a star shaped temple with beautiful architecture and huge six feet tall shivlinga. This lingam is of very old smooth black stone with shining polish,there is a nandi of same stone of similar stone outside the temple.
This temple was demolished by Aurangzeb in medieval period according to British historian col. James tod.
Siddhanath Mandir Omkareshwar
This is one of the most imposing temple from the Architectural point of view . This temple was declared as Protected Ancient monument by British Lord Curzon. It is on the plateau on the island supported by a huge plinth whose four sides are carved with fifty elephant figures in various positions.
These are five feet high and are an example of great work. Two of these are in Nagpur museum and rests are damaged partially.The central shrine has an entry from all four sides with magnificent porches or sabha mandap. All four porches each containing 18 stone pillers 14 feet high carved with beautiful figures.
When in its original shape this temple must have been a imposing structure with five shikhars.
Ashapuri Mandir Omkareshwar
The rao family is the rulers of the mandhata from centuries. The Ashapuri mandir is the temple of Kuldevi of the Rao family and the goddess of old tribes. The statue of the temple is very beautiful and regular “Pujan” is performed here with all customs and rituals.
The Omkareshwar Dam Project
The Omkareshwar Project was conceived in 1965 as irrigation and power dam to be built in the Central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh it is one of 30 large dams built in the Narmada Valley. The Omkareshwar Project area lies along the banks of the Narmada and the Kaveri River (a tributary of Narmada).
Omkareshwar Dam supplies power to the State of Madhya Pradesh and the annual generation from this hydroelectric project is 1167 million units in first Stage, 696 million units in Second Stage, 540 million units in third stage. About 529 villages got benefit of irrigation from this dam that will cause a growth of .725 million tons of grains and .835 million tons other crops in the area.
The Indirasagar Dam Project
The Indirasagar Dam is a multipurpose key project of Madhya Pradesh on the Narmada River at Narmadanagar in the Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh in India. The foundation stone of the project was laid by late Smt Indira Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India on 23 October 1984. The construction of main dam started in 1992. The down stream projects of ISP are Omkareshwar, Maheshwar and Sardar Sarovar Project.