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OMKARESHWAR / MAMLESHWAR

Omkareshwar is a beautiful self manifest (swayambhu) linga. From the Vindhyanchal mountain range in Madhya Pradesh, river Narmada, turns westward and meanders in that direction. The deep wide river looks like it has assimilated into itself all the sins and sorrows of the humans and releasing them from these. This river Narmada, which flows rippling from the mountains, is also known as “Reva”. The smooth, round pebbles found in this river are called “BanaLingas”.

“Narmada ke Kankar, UtteShankar” is the belief of the devotees. That is how, Narmada is also known as “Shankari” river.

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On the banks of Holi Narmada..The Omkareshwar
The Temple
The Shiva Lingam

On the banks of river Narmada, there is a huge island on which the fourth of the JyotirLinga “Omkaram Amaleshwar” is situated. This island and the river are shaped like “OM” and that is how it derives its name. It is a natural phenomenon. The devotees who go round the temple consider themselves blessed because they are doing a Parikrama or Circumambulation of Omkara itself and Darshan of the holy JyotirLinga. The Narmada banks and the island are extremely beautiful. The beauty of Nature here is seen to be believed. The houses perched on the terraced green, strong mountains, the temple, KotiTeerth located in the waterfalls and valleys like Chakrateerts are some of the places to be seen. One can see very big fish and also crocodiles in these waers. There are many trees with beautiful creepers all over them. Groups of monkeys live on these trees. There are a variety of birds. The temple towers look bright and shiny in between. The whole atmosphere echoes with the the sound of “Om Namah Shivaya”. It is here that Lord Sankara has taken the forms of “Omkareshwara” and “Amaleshwara”, as JyotirLinga.

The Legend of Omkareshwar

Shiva Purana describes the greatness of Omkareshwar and Mammaleshwar. It says, two sons of the sun dynasty Mandhata - Ambarish and Mucchkund practiced severe penance and austerities here and pleased Lord Shiva. They also performed great religious sacrifices in this place because of which the mountain is named Mandhata.

Another popular legend says that once upon a time Vidhya Parvat practiced severe penance and worshipped Parthivarchana along with Lord Omkareshwar for nearly six months. As a result Lord Shiva was pleased and blessed him with the desire boon. On the sincere request of all the gods and the sages Lord Shiva made two parts of the lings. One half being Omkareshwara and the other Amaleshwara or Amareshwar.

Some scholar say, King Mandhatha of the Ishvaku clan is believed to have worshipped Shiva here. Besides, Govinda Bhagavatpaada, the Guru of Shankaracharya is believed to have lived in a cave here.

Omkareshwara Temple is located at a distance of about 12 miles from Mortakka in Madhya Pradesh. A special feature of the location of Omkareshwar Temple is that 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.

There are several smaller shrines around the main shrine. The head of each ghat has a Siva linga shrine. The Lord can be seen placed on a pedestal at every location in the city, even if there is not shrine as such. Behind the temple is situated the temple of Dhundhiraja Ganapathi.

        Omkareshwar Road is about 77 km (48 mi) from Indore on the Indore–Khandwa highway. It about 12 km (7 mi) from the Omkareshwar road station. There are steamboats across the Narmada river and also two connecting bridges.

How To Reach:

You can reach Omkareshwar from khandwa. It is 72km from Khandwa. There are many buses are available
from khandwa(you can also go from khandwa to Sanawad and then pick bus to Omkareswar) to Omkareswar,we are having a broad gauge train form khandwa to omkareshwar road ,which we have a good sight seeing.

      Omkareshwar is 77km from Indore and can be reached by buses and private vehicles.

You can reach Omkareshwar from Ujjain via Indore and then Omkareshwar. There are many buses and trains are available from Ujjain to Indore and then from Indore You have to pick up Bus for Omkareshwar.Train route is not good from Indore to Omkareshwar and there is no train route to Omkareshwar.

Narmada Parikrama

The Narmada River
The importance of this river as most scared is also testified by the fact that the pilgrims perform a holy pilgrimage of a parikrama or circumabulation of the river. The Narmada Parikrama (circumambulation), as it is called, is considered to be a meritorious act that a pilgrim can undertake. Many sadhus (saints) and pilgrims walk on foot from the Arabian Sea at Bharuch, in Gujarat, along the river, to the source in Maikal Mountains (Amarkantak hills) in Madhya Pradesh and back along the opposite bank of the river. It's a 2,600km walk. Important towns of interest in the valley are Jabalpur, Barwani, Hoshangabad, Harda, Narmada Nagar, Omkareshwar, Dewas (Nemavar, Kity, Pipri), Mandla and Maheshwar in Madhya Pradesh, and Raj Pipla and Bharuch in Gujarat. Some places of Historical Interest are Joga Ka Quilla, Chhatri of Baji Rao Peshwa and Bhimbetka, and among the falls are Dugdhdhara, Dhardi falls, Bheraghat, Dhuandhara, Kapiladhara and Sahastradhara.

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The Narmada is the only river in the country whose Parikrama is done. A large portion of traditional Parikrama Path has come under submergence due to construction of Sardar Sarovar, Omkareshwar, Rani Avantibai dams and proposed Maheshwar dam. The state government has decided to construct the Narmada Parikrama Path keeping in view the convenience of the pilgrims. Various facilities for stay and food would be provided along the proposed path for the convenience of the pilgrims.

This shrine of Omkar Mandhata Shiva pilgrimage is most beautiful. According to Shankaracharya. It is:

kAverikAnarmadayoH pavitre samAgame sajjanatAraNAya |
sadaiva mAndhAtRipure vasantamoNkAramIshaM shivamekamIDe ||
Meaning:
I pay my obeisance to the One Who is the savior of the good people and the great One Who always resides at the Holy merging point of Kaveri and Narmada, i.e., Omkar Shiva.
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Avik Hazra
17 Nov 2011, 14:59
Please send me some images of Dhabri Kund if avilable in this adress ''avik_9433@rediffmail.com''
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20 Jul 2011, 21:31
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N.B.Panadare
01 Mar 2011, 22:22
I an 64 yrs old and wish to Narmada parikrama.Please suggest good travel company and their email address. I staying in Pune (maharashtra)
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23 Feb 2011, 12:30
I am from kolkata and I want to visit Omkareshwar & Dhabri Kund at September-October, (35 years old). Kindly let me know about details,
Ravindra Bhalerao
08 Feb 2011, 21:04
I am 50 years, wish to do Parikrama by vehicle. Plz suggest good travel co's email. I am from Maharashtra (Near Pune). Regards.
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18 May 2010, 14:42
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23 Feb 2010, 12:04
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Web Admin
08 Feb 2010, 18:49
@Rahul
The Best way to Go To Omkareshwar is from Indore. There is a Meter gauge train from Indore to Mhow and Omkareshwar, but the trains are very few. So the best thing is to take a train up to Indore and then got to Omkareshwar by bus or taxi or private vehicles..
Rahul
05 Feb 2010, 19:10
I want to doing narmada parikrama can you pls tell me nearest rote form Mumbai to Omkareshwar via train
Dilip
22 Nov 2009, 23:41

Omkareshwar is a nice place , I have been there alone and due to crunch of time , I couldn't see the place in much detail..
Sri ramachandraji,
If you could elaborate on "gaudapada guha" it will be of good help to the visitors of the site, thank u
p ramachandra kamath
22 Nov 2009, 21:58
i would like to go to omkareshwar where i want to see gaudapada guha a cave where govinda bhagavatpada gave sanyasa to shankara charya
bharat
17 Jul 2009, 22:42
please tell me to reach the village next of shuklatirth on the path of narmadaparikrama named( dharamshala ) or (dharmasheela) there is a temple of dharmesh mahadev.
Anant Patwardhan
03 Jul 2009, 23:04
I want to take a tour for Narmada Parikrama.pl tell me the name of travel agency if you know any. I think with travel organiser my parikram will become esier.pl send me phone no and names of the travels.
Dilip Kumar
29 May 2009, 16:27
Thanks Alot for the Suggestion .. We will Soon add a separate Section For Narmada River and it's Religious Significance!!!
Surajit Nandi
29 May 2009, 09:28
Can you please, tell me how do i reach there from hosangabad.Or is is not a good option to reach there from hosangabad. May be i can go only from indore.please,let me know.

Your website is good. I am looking out one section where you can put a separate page on maa narmada and mahadev.There you can put bhajans and musical chantings.
Dilip Kumar
27 May 2009, 14:27
Thanks Surajitji for sharing ur views!!!
Surajit Nandi
27 May 2009, 14:23
In my view maa narmada is the the holiest among Ganga and other rivers in india.She was at the starting of the universe and will be for ever.She got that boon from her father nilkanta mahadev.She is shiv putri only one kanya sakti in the universe.Its a true feeling 7times dips into yamuna, one time dip into holy ganga ,But only seeing her once one will clarify all the sins.
Arnab Banerjee
04 Apr 2009, 15:26
Please send me exact location and some images of Dhabri Kund . Also route direction from kolkata if possible.
ubique
21 Mar 2009, 21:56
the administrator seems to have done a splendid job regarding the omkareshwar shrine..././its heartening to know that the youth of today r taking their traditions to newer pastures . i'd like to just add that any body intending to visit omkareshwar must try n commute at least one way from khandawa to omkareshwar via train as it offers a most picturesque journey. Also IT MUST BE KNOWN THAT THE RELIGIOUS SIGNIFICANCE OF THE JOURNEY IS ACHIEVED ONLY BY THE DARSHAN OF BOTH THE OMKARSHWAR JYOTIRLINGAM AS WELL AS THE ADJOINING MAMALESHWAR JYOTIRLINAM.
Sumit Bhattacharjee
26 Dec 2008, 15:31
I have gone through a bengali text on Narmada Parikrama.Is there any means of access other than foot to Dhabri Kund on river Narmada. Please send me some images of Dhabri Kund if avialable.