Omkareshwar is a Hindu temple dedicated to God Shiva and is one of the 12 revered Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. It is on an island called Mandhata or Shivapuri in the Narmada river; the shape of the island is said to be like the Hindu “Om” symbol.
There are two main temples of Lord Shiva here, one to Omkareshwar (whose name means "Lord of Omkaara or the Lord of the Om Sound") located in the island and one to Amareshwar (whose name means "Immortal lord" or "lord of the Immortals or Devas") located on the south bank of Narmada River on the mainland. It is considered that both Omkareshwar and Mamleshwar equally sacred and representative of jyotirling at this sacred place. The temple is situated on Mandatha island on the banks of Narmada and river Kaveri (a tributary of Narmada). On completion of pilgrimage all the Hindus come to Omkareshwar and offer the holy water to Omkareshwar, only then there visit to other pilgrimage is considered to be complete.
Address: Omkareshwar Mandir Road, Mandhata, Madhya Pradesh 451115
Opening timings: All days of the week
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
- 5 AM to 3:50 PM, 4:15 PM to 9:30 PM.
- The Mangal Aarti is done between 5 AM to 5:30 AM
- The Jalabhishek is done between 5:30 AM to 12:25 PM.
- The evening darshan begins at 4:15 PM and the evening.
- Aarti is conducted from 8:20 PM to 9:05 PM.
- Special darshan is available for handicapped people or for people who are unable to stand for general darshan.
How to reach?
- By Air: The nearest airport is Indore (75KM), Connected by regular flights from all over India. Indore having direct flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and measure cities . Almost most of the airlines are operating in Indore.
- By Rail: Nearest railhead is Omkareshwar road (Mortakka) 12 KM on ratlam Khandawa section of Western Railway. Presently this route is closed for gauge change.
- By Road: Omkareshwar is connected to Indore Khandawa and Ujjain by regular bus services.
There are about 50 Dharmashalas available in Omkareshwar to stay. Most of them are newly constructed and are equipped with modern amenities. The Temple administration does not run any Dharmashala or Ashram.
Other Places to Visit:
- Mammaleshwar Temple – The other half of the Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga is situated here. The Linga itself is called Amareshwar. This temple holds a great religious significance. The temple is comparatively less crowded than its counterpart Omakareshwar.
- Saptamatruka temple –This temple is dedicated to the famed seven goddesses who helped the great Shakti Devi in fighting with demons. The names of the seven goddesses worshiped here in order are Brahmani, Vaishnavi, Maheshvari, Indrani, Kaumari, Varahi, Chamunda and Narasimhi.
- Sri Siddeshwar Temple or the Siddhnath Barahdwari – This marvelously protected temple is located on the plateau. The central shrine has four entrances and sabha mandaps. All the four sabha mandaps contain 18 pillars, each of 14 inches height.
- Gauri Somnath Temple – This temple can be visited during the Parikrama around the Parikrama Path. Pilgrims have to climb 270 steps to reach the sanctum. The Lingam of Lord Shiva is 6 feet high made in shining black stone.