Know about miracles, interesting facts & stories of Omkareshwar Shiva Jyotirlinga
Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga also has its own stories and out of all the stories, three of them are considered very prominent. The first story is about Vindhya Parvat (Mount). Once day Narada (son of Lord Brahma), visited Vindhya parvat and told him about the greatness of Mount Meru. After listening all the paise, jealous Vindhya decided to be bigger than Meru. He started worshipping Lord Shiva and practiced severe penance in order to please him. He made parthivlinga (A linga made from physical material) and worshipped him along with Lord Omkareshwar for six months. Shiva was pleased with the worship and blessed him with his desired boon. Shiva made two parts of the linga. One half is called Omkareshwara and the other Mamaleshwar or Amareshwar.
While giving boon Lord Shiva also took a promise that Vindhya will never be a problem to Shiva’s devotees. Vindhya began to grow and did not keep his promise. It even obstructed the sun and the moon. All deities approached sage Agastya for help. Agastya along with his wife came to Vindhya, and convinced him that he would not grow until the sage and his wife returned. They never returned and Vindhya is there as it was when they left. The sage and his wife stayed in Srisailam which is regarded as Dakshina Kashi and one of the Dwadash Jyotirlinga.
Story of King Mandhata: The second story relates to Mandhata and his son’s penance. King Mandhata of Ikshvaku clan (an ancestor of Lord Ram) worshipped Lord Shiva here till the Lord manifested himself as a Jyotirlinga. Some scholars also narrate the story about Mandhata’s sons-Ambarish and Muchukunda, who had practiced severe penance and austerities here and pleased Lord Shiva. Because of this the mountain is named Mandhata.
Story associated with Dev & Danav war: The third story from Hindu scriptures says that once upon a time there was a great war between Devas and Danavas(demon), in which Danavas won. This was a major setback for Devas and hence Devas prayed to Lord Shiva. Pleased with their prayer, Lord Shiva emerged in the form of Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga and defeated Danavas.
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.