Omkareshwar Jyotirling

Important information

  • Location: Markandeya Ashram Rd, Omkareshwar, Madhya Pradesh 450554
  • Festivals: Shivratri, Narmada Jayanti For Other Festival Detail Click here
  • Main Deity: Lord Shiv ( Lord Omkareshwar)
  • Languages: English & Hindi
  • Darshan Timings: 05.00 AM To 10.00 PM
  • Best Season To Visit: October to March
  • How To Reach
  • Note: Mobile, Camera & electronics equipment are not allowed on temple premises.

Omkareshwar Temple is located near Indore, in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The name Omkareshwar comes from the word “OM. Devotees believe that Omkareshwar Temple is the home of the fourth Jyotirlinga. River Narmada flows through Omkareshwar.

History

According to Legend, King Mandhata near the bank of Narmada River worshipped Lord Shiva, and the Lord gave him a darshan when he was pleased by his penance and gave his infinite light and stay here as Omkareshwar. Later on, the mountain is called as Omkar-Mandhata.

Another legend is the story of the Vindhya Mountain, which was once provoked by sage Narada. Vindhya was determined to show Narada incorrect and started observing strict penance with the goal of pleasing Lord Shiva. On the banks of river Narmada, where Onkareshwar Linga was located, the mountain did a strict penance for 6 months. Satisfied with his austerity, Lord Shiva appeared to him and asked to request for a boon. On such saying of Lord Shiva, the Vindhyachal asked God to give him wisdom. At the very same time, pray also to be established at this place for eternity. On the genuine demand of all the gods and the sages, Lord Shiva made 2 parts of the lings. One part is known by the name of Onkar and the other is considered as God or Amaleshwar.

Importance

Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga is located in nature. One half of the Jyotirlinga is in the Omkareshwar Temple and the other half is in the Mammaleshwar Temple. The devotees must visit both these temples to get a darshan of the complete Jyotirlinga. The Jyotirlingas are Swayambhu which means that they are self-born.

Architecture

It has a huge Sabha Mandap (meeting or prayer hall) standing on about 60 huge brownstone pillars (14 feet high), elaborately carved with a curious frieze and fillet of satyr-like figures. The temple is 5 storeyed each having a different deity like:

  • Mahakaleshwar- It is on the first floor has the beautiful look of Maa Narmada.
  • Siddnath, Gupteshwar and Dhwajeshwar temples are located on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors.

Legend Of Jyotirlingas

  • According to the Shiva Purana, when Brahma and Vishnu had an argument in terms of supremacy of creation. In order to resolve the dispute, Shiva decided to pierce the 3 worlds as a countless pillar of light. Both Vishnu and Brahma started downwards and upwards respectively to discover the end of the light. Brahma lied that he had discovered the end while Vishnu accepted that he could not and accepted defeat. Shiva cursed Brahma that as punishment for lying to him, Brahma would not be part of any ceremonies while Vishnu would always be worshipped.
  • The jyotirlinga is the supreme partless reality, out of which Shiva partly appears. The jyothirlinga temples, hence are locations where Shiva appeared as a fiery column of light. Each of the twelve jyothirlinga sites take the name of the presiding deity– each believed to be a various manifestation of Shiva. At all these sites, the main image is the jyotirlingam representing the infinite nature of Shiva.

12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva in India

  1. Somnath Jyotirling Gir Somnath in Gujarat
  2. Somnath Jyotirling Gir Somnath in Gujarat
  3. Nageshwar Jyotirling – Daarukavanam in Gujarat
  4. Bhimashankar Jyotirling – Pune in Maharashtra
  5. Trimbakeshwar Jyotirling – Nashik in Maharashtra
  6. Grishneshwar Jyotirling – Aurangabad in Maharashtra
  7. Baidyanath Jyotirling – Deoghar in Jharkhand
  8. Mahakaleshwar Jyotirling – Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh
  9. Omkareshwar Jyotirling – Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh
  10. Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirling – Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh
  11. Kedarnath Jyotirling – Kedarnath in Uttarakhand
  12. Rameshwaram Jyotirling – Rameshwaram Island in Tamil Nadu
  13. Mallikarjuna Jyotirling – Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh

Festivals

  • Kartik Festival 
  • Mahashivratri
  • Narmada Jayanti 

Other Place Near Temple

  • Nakshatra Garden
  • Ananta Sri Thakur Omkarnathjee Maharaj
  • Shri Gajanan Maharaj
  • Gauri Somnath Mandir
  • Rameshwar Jyotirlinga
  • Annapurna Mandir
  • Shiv Pratima Mandir
  • Maa Rajrajeshwari mandir
  • Shiv Mandir Kailash Dham in Omkareshwar
  • Vishnu temple in Omkareshwar
  • Siddhnath Barahdwari (Siddheshwar Mahadev)
  • Rin Mukteshwar Mahadev
  • Sidhwarkut Jain Mandir
  • Shri Ram Mandir on parikrama path
  • Patali Hanuman Mandir
  • Omkar Math

How To Reach

By Air – Indore Airport is a nearby Airport and it is around 75 km away from the temple.

By Train – Omkareshwar Mortakka Railway Station is nearby Railway Station it is located at a distance of 12 km from the temple.

By Road – Regular bus services are available from main cities like Indore, Ujjain, Jalgaon, Khandwa, and Bhopal.

Temple Timings

Temple Darshan Timing

Morning Darshan05:00 AM to 03:50 PM
Evening Darshan04:15 PM to 09:30 PM

Temple Aarti Timing

Mangal Aarti05:00 AM to 05:30 AM
Gupt Arti05.30 AM to 6.00 AM
Bhog12.30 PM to 1.00 PM
Jalabhishek05:30 AM to 12:25 PM
Evening Aarti08:20 PM to 09:05 PM

The Temple from 05:45 PM to 06:15 PM closed due to cleaning of the temple complex and Evening Aarti at 07.00 PM.

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