OmKareshwara Temple is situated on the banks of river Narmada. There is a huge island on which JyotirLinga “Omkaram Amaleshwar” is positioned. This island and the river are shaped like “OM” and that is how it derives its name. It is a natural phenomenon. Omkareshwar is a beautiful self manifest (Swayambhu) Linga. The devotees who go round the temple consider themselves blessed because they are doing a Parikrama or Circumambulation of Omkara itself and Darshan of the holy JyotirLinga. There are many trees with beautiful creepers all over them. Groups of monkeys live on these trees. There are a variety of birds. The temple towers look bright and shiny in between. The whole atmosphere echoes with the sound of “Om Namah Shivaya”.
Best season is from July to March. From April to June its very hot.
How To Reach:
By Air: The nearest airport is Indore (75KM), Connected by regular flights from all over India. Indore is having direct flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and measure cities. Almost most of the airlines are operating in Indore.
By Railway: Nearest railhead is Omkareshwar road (Mortakka) 12 KM on ratlam Khandawa section of Western Railway, presently this route is closed for gauge change. It’s expected to be ready as broad gauge at the end of 2018.
By Road: Omkareshwar is connected to Indore Khandawa and Ujjain by regular bus services.
The Story narrates that in the medieval period
Mandhata Omkareshwar was ruled by the aboriginal Bhil chieftains under the
suzerainty of the Parmars of Dhar, the sultans of Malwa, the Scindia of
Gwalior. In 1824, who in turn handed over Mandhata to the British. The
last Bhil chieftain Natthu Bhil fell out with Daryao Gosai who was famous as a
powerful priest of the place. The king
of Jaipur sent his brother Bharatsingh Chauhan , then Subedar of
Jhalarapatan on the border of Malwa.At the end, the entire fight was ended with
the marriage of Bharatsingh and the only daughter of Natthu Bhil . In,
1165 A.D Bharat Singh who also married other Bhil girls settled in Mandhata
along with some of Rajputs associates. However, their off springs are called
Bhilalas. Bharat Singh’s broods ruled Omkareshwar sinch then. The Rajas
(Officiallly known as Raos) had Mandhata Omkareshwar as their Jagir rights
during the British rule, all are destroyed by now. However, Baratsingh’s direct
descendants are called Rajputs. It is here that Lord Sankara has taken the forms of “Omkareshwara” and
“Amaleshwara”, as JyotirLinga.