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Omkareshwar Temple, Madhya Pradesh

Omkareshwar Temple Madhya PradeshOmkareshwar, a two kilometer long wedge-shaped outcrop of sandstone, seen from above bears an uncanny resemblance to the symbol 'OM'. This coupled with the presence (on its sheer south-facing side) of a revered Shivalingam, has made Omkareshwar, 77 kilometers south of Indore, one of the most sacred sites in central India. Ruined temples, wayward shrines, bathing places, and caves inhabited by chillum-smoking shaivite sadhus are dotted around the island, strung together by an old paved pilgrims' trail. The prominent white shikhara that now soars above the Shree Omkar Mandhata temple is a relatively new addition to the dense cluster of buildings on the south side of the island. Below it, the ornate pillars in the assembly hall, or mandapa, are more representative of the temple's antiquity. Omkareshwar, the sacred island, shaped like the holiest of all Hindu symbols, 'Om', has drawn to it hundreds of generations of pilgrims. Here, at the confluence of the rivers Narmada and Kaveri, the devout gather to kneel before the Jyotirlinga (one of the twelve throughout India) at the temple of Shri Omkar Mandhata. And here, as in so many of Madhya Pradesh's sacred shrines, the works of Nature complement those of man to provide a setting awe-inspiring in its magnificence.The temple is a huge imposing stone structure with the inner sanctum deep inside. The construction itself is without any cement with beautiful carvings on the support structure.

THE LEGEND
It is said that once, sage Naradar during his visit to the Vindyas, sang the praise of mount Meru to Mount Vindhya. On hearing this, Mount Vindhya prayed to Lord Siva to gain in importance. Lord Siva blessed him & appeared here as Omkareshwarar & Amaleshwarar and gave the boon of grwoing, but without hindering Siva devotees. But the Vindhyas did not stop growing, and even obstructed the sun and the moon. Sage Agasthyar subdued its growth by saying it should not grow till he gets back there. He never went back & hence the growth was arrested.The Omkareshwar temple built in the Nagara style is characterized by a lofty shikhara.
Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Madhya Pradesh
Places to see
Shri Omkar Mandhata

The temple stands on a one mile long, half mile wide island formed by the fork of the Narmada. The soft stone of which it was constructed has lent its pliable surface to a rare degree of detailed work, of which the frieze figures on the upper portion is the most striking. Also intricately carved is the stone roof of the temple. Encircling the shrine are verandahs with columns which are carved in circles, polygons and squares.
24 Avtars
A cluster of Hindu and Jain temples. Though damaged by Mohammed of Ghazni (11th century), these temples have remained intact to a large extent.
Siddhanath temple
A good example of early Brhmanic architecture, it has a frieze of elephants carved upon a stone slab in the outer perimeter.
Satmatrika Temples
6 km from Omkareshwar, a group of 10th century temples.Kajal Rani Cave: 9 km from Omkareshwar, this is a particularly picturesque scenic spot, with a Panoramic view of the broad acres and gently undulating landscape that stretches in unbroken Harmony till the horizon.
Kajal Rani Cave
9 km from Omkareshwar, this is a particularly picturesque scenic spot, with a panoramic view of the broad acres and gently undulating landscape that stretches in unbroken harmony till the horizon.

Best Season : July to March.

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