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Omkareshwar

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Omkareshwar Tourism

Situated at the confluence of the rivers Narmada and Kaveri, the holy city of Omkareshwar is 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. Situated on the Mandhata islands, Omkareshwar houses one of the 12 revered Jyotirlingas and hence, draws thousands of devotees each year. 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.

One of the most sacred towns situated in Madhya Pradesh, Omkareshwar resembles the shape of the Hindu Om symbol. 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 and is a must-visit for all Lord Shiva devotees and tourists alike. 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. A Parikrama around the island is considered to be very religious and the view around the island is also serene and relaxing. Kedareshwar temple is also a must-visit for all tourists here.

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Pilgrimage Site

Omkareshwar is a sacred island on the Narmada river in Madhya Pradesh. It rests at the intersection of the Narmada and the Kaveri rivers, divided north to south by a deep gully. The shape resembles the holiest of all Hindu symbols, 'Om'. It is one of the holiest Hindu sites in India.

Mythology

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.

Restaurants and Local Food in Omkareshwar

There aren't many restaurants here, hence the options for food can get a bit limited. The handful of eateries available, though offer some variety across cuisines, serve only vegetarian food, given the religious significance of the area. The temples too, serve food which usually consists of Sabzi-Puri, Samosas and Pakoras. You will mostly find typical Indian cuisines here with an influence of the state's local cuisines.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Omkareshwar and start by paying homage to God Shiva in Omkara Mandhata Temple, which is one of the revered Hindu jyotirlinga shrines. Proceed to 24 avatars group of temples, which are a group of beautifully designed and architectured temples. All 24 temples are different from the others in architecture and is a remarkable site. Spend the rest of the evening in the Ahilya ghat.

Day 2: Visit the Omkareshwar Temple and go for the Omkareshwar Parikrama. It is believed that the circular movement around the pious site cleanses the soul of its sins. Visit the Kajal Rani Cave, Shrimti Bajirao Peshwa Samadhi and Gauri Somnath Temple.

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What's Great?

Great temples and pilgrimage sites.

What's Not So Great?

Summers can be harsh.

For Whom?

Omkareshwar is mainly a place for Hindu pilgrims.

How To Reach Omkareshwar

The airports closest to Omkareshwar are Indore (77km) and Ujjain (133km). The nearest railway station is 12 km away, but it is not on the mainline and is not connected to the major cities. The nearest major railway station is Indore (77 km). You can also board a bus from Ujjain, Indore or Khandwa.

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