Stradling the confluence of the rivers Narmada and Kaveri, the holy city of Omkareshwar houses one of the 12 revered Jyotirlingas. Shaped in the form of Hindu religious symbol 'Om', due to the merging of two valleys and a central pool of Narmada waters, it derives its name from 'Omkara' which is just one other name of Lord Shiva. It has two ancient shrines- Omkareshwar and Amarkareshwar. The sacred town also boasts of architectural wonders and scenic beauty, in addition to the pilgrim sites.
The town of Omkareshwar consists of two ancient shrines- one is Omkareshwar and the other is Amarkareshwar. The holy town is situated on the meeting point of two rivers- Narmada and Kaveri. This meeting between two of the most prominent rivers of India leaves the island in the shape of Hindu symbol Om which is one of the most revered symbols by Hindus. The whole area is bounded by mountains and it makes for a very beautiful view. Kedareshwar temple is also a must-visit for all tourists here.
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There are quite a few mythical stories and legends attached to the history and origination of Omkareshwar. The first one goes to say that Vindhya- the deity controlling the Vindhyachal mountain ranges was worshipping Lord Shiva to cleanse his soul of the sins committed by him. He made a lingam of sand and clay. Impressed by the worship, Lord Shiva appeared before him in two forms- Omkareshwar and Amkareshwar.
The second legend suggests that an ancestor of Lord Ram- King Mandhata, worshipped Lord Shiva to the extent that the God appeared and manifested himself in the form of Jyotirlinga. Another Hindu myth says that once during the ancient times, there was a war between the Devas(gods) and Danavs(demons), in which the Devas lost the battle to the Danavs. Disappointed by the failure, the Devas prayed to Lord Shiva, who impressed by their faith and devotion, appeared in the form of Jyotirlinga and defeated the Danavs.
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