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