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Location: Khandwa district, Madhya Pradesh.
Famous for: Jyotirlinga shrine.
Weather:
Summer (March to August): 37 º C to 23 º C. 
Winter (November to February): 30º C to 17ºC.
Monsoon (September to October): Moderate rainfalls.
STD CODE : 0731
BEST TIME TO VISIT : October to March.
TRAVEL IN OMKARESHWAR SHOW MAP

The holy site of Omkareshwar, is located in the Khandwa District of Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the twelve sacred Jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva. According to a legend, when Narad paid a visit to the deity of the Vindhya mountains, he was angry to find that there was no dwelling here suitable for Lord Shiva. Dismayed at this, the deity of these mountains subjected himself to very severe austerities. Lord Shiva was so pleased with this that he said he would make Omkareshwar one of his homes.

This Hindu religious centre is situated on the small island of Mandhata in the River Narmada. The shape of the Mandhata Island is identical to the Om symbol. Situated at the confluence of rivers Narmada and Kaveri, the town has two chief shrines of Lord Shiva that have significant religious importance. One of the shrines is known as Omkareshwar whereas, the other is known as Amareshwar.

MUST SEE IN OMKARESHWAR

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 are 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.

SIDDHANATH TEMPLE : A fine example of early medieval Brahminic architecture. Its unique feature is a frieze of elephants carved upon a stone slab at its outer perimeter. 24 Avatars: A cluster of Hindu and Jain temples, remarkable for their skillful use of varied architectural modes.

SATMATRIKA TEMPLE : 6 km from Omkareshwar, a group of 10th century temples.

KAJAL RANI CAVE : 9 km from Omkareshwar a particularly picturesque scenic spot, with a panoramic view of broad acres and gently undulating landscape that ...

FAIR & FESTIVAL IN OMKARESHWAR

Festivals which hold great importance here and are celebrated with huge pomp and show are -

Mahashivratri:

This falls in the during February to March. This festival is a royal celebration of the wedding of Lord Shiva to Goddess Parvati. Some also believe that this was the night when the Lord did the Tandav Nritya.

Kartik Festival

This is celebrated in the Kartik month according to the Hindu calendar. It is a 10 days celebration. On Ekadashi, there is Panchkroshi Yatra which starts at gomukh ghat and goes up to Omkareshwar on the fifteenth day, which marks the end of the Yatra. There is also a Kartik fair which is organized at this time and attended by a huge number of devotees. It is believed that Somvati Amavasya is a very auspicious time for taking a holy both in the Narmada River.

Narmada Jayanti

This festival marks the birth of the Narmada River and is celebrated in the Magh (January) month. On this festival, the entire place, the temple, the island and the mountain are lit up with thousands of lamps and Maha Aarti of the river is done in the evening. After the Aarti, there is a grand feast for all the devotees and pilgrims.

Bhutni Amavasya, Nag Panchami and Shravan Mahotsava are also celebrated here with great enthusiasm.

REACH OMKARESHWAR
AIR

Nearest airport is at Indore (77 km), connected with Mumbai, Delhi and Bhopal.

RAIL

Nearest railhead is Omkareshwar Road (12 km) on the Ratlam-Khandwa section of the Western railway.

ROAD

Omkareshwar is connected to Indore, Ujjain, Khandwa (68 kms) and Maheshwar (62kms) Road by regular bus services. Mandu 125 kms & Bhopal 264 kms.

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