Omkareshwar located in Madhya Pradesh, on the Mandhata
hill on the banks of the Narmada is one of the 12 revered Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. It is located at a distance of
about 12 miles from Mortakka in Madhya Pradesh.
The river Narmada branches into two and forms an
island Mandhata or Shivapuri in the center. The shape of
the island resembles that of the visual representation of the Omkara sound, Om. There are
two temples here, one to Omkareshwar and one to Amareshwar.
Legend has it that the Vindhya
mountain prayed to Shiva - Omkareshwara and was blessed here. Legend also has it that upon
the request of the Devas, the Shivalinga split into two, one half being Omkareshwara and
the other Amaleshwara or Amareshwar. King Mandhatha of the Ishvaku
clan is believed to have worshipped Shiva here.
Govinda Bhagavatpaada, the guru of Sankaracharya,
is believed to have lived in a cave here.
The temple can be reached by ferry from the banks of
the river. The Omkareshwar temple built in the Nagara style is
characterized by a lofty shikhara. There are also shrines to Annapurna
and Ganesha here.
Abodes of Shiva