Omkareshwar in Khadwa district of Madhya Pradesh, shaped like the holiest of all Hindu symbols, ‘Om’, has drawn to it hundreds of generations of pilgrims. According to a legend, when Narad, the great seer, paid a visit to the deity of the Vindhya mountains, he was angry to find that there was no dwelling here suitable for Lord Shiva.

Built on an island called Shivapuri or Mandhata in the river Narmada., Omkareshwar is one of the holiest Hindu shrines in the world as it is home to one of the twelve revered  Jyotirlingams in the country and derives its name from a miracle of nature as the Narmada, one of the holiest rivers in the subcontinent curves along the rocky island to give it the shape of an Om.

According to legend in answer to prayers offered by the mountains of the Vindhya range lord Shiva blessed the region with Omkareshwar, further on requests of the Devas the Jyotirlingam was split into two and one came to be known as Om and the other as Amareshwar.

Built in the Nagara style the temples are characterized by a lofty Shikhara (peak), the tiny island also has shrines to Annapoorna and Ganesha

Must see places: Shri Omkar Mandhata, Siddhanath Temple, Satmatrika Temple, Kajal Rani Cave

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