Omkareshwar, the sacred island, shaped like the holiest of all Hindu symbols, ‘Om’ has drawn to it hundreds of generations of pilgrims. Here, at the confluence of the rivers Narmada and Kaveri, the devout gather to kneel before the Jyotirlinga (one of the twelve throughout India) at the temple of Shri Omkar Mandhata. And here, as in so many of Madhya Pradesh’s sacred shrines, the works of Nature complement those of man to provide a setting awe-inspiring in its magnificence.
Places to visit near 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 that 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 Avtars: A cluster of Hindu and Jain temples, remarkable for their skillful use of varied architectural modes.
Satmatrika Temple: 6 km from Omkareshwr, 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 stretches in unbroken harmony till the horizon.
Festivals in Omkareshwar :
Mahashivratri : This festival is celebrated on the month of February-March. During this day fasts are kept and the deity of Lord Shiva is offered milk and other articles during the celebrations.
Ganesh Chaturthi: This festival is celebrated on the month of August-September. It is one of the famous festivals in Omkareshwar.
Anant Chaturdashi: This festival is celebrated on the month of September. This festival is celebrated by Jain and Hindus.
Holi: Holi is also well known by the name of “festival of colours”. It is celebrated in the month of March.
Diwali: Diwali is also well known by the name of “Festival of Lights” or Deepavali. It is celebrated in the month of October or November. Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped on this festival.
Across the Narmada river there are steamboats and two connecting bridges to reach the temple.
Rail : Nearest Railway Station is Omkareshwar Railway Station which is 12 Kms from the Omkareshwar city. It is linked with the cities like New Delhi, Mysore, Ahmedabad, Kanyakumari, Lucknow, Jaipur, Ratlam, Bangalore, Chennai and Puri.
Road : Omkareshwar is connected to major towns and cities of Madhya Pradesh.
Map Of Omkareshwar, Madhya Pradesh :