Shri Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga – ओम्कारेश्वर
सौराष्ट्रे सोमनाथं च श्रीशैले मल्लिकार्जुनम्। :उज्जयिन्यां महाकालमोङ्कारममलेश्वरम्॥1॥
परल्यां वैद्यनाथं च डाकिन्यां भीमशङ्करम्।:सेतुबन्धे तु रामेशं नागेशं दारुकावने॥2॥
वाराणस्यां तु विश्वेशं त्र्यम्बकं गौतमीतटे।:हिमालये तु केदारं घृष्णेशं च शिवालये॥3॥
एतानि ज्योतिर्लिङ्गानि सायं प्रात: पठेन्नर:।:सप्तजन्मकृतं पापं स्मरणेन विनश्यति॥4॥
In the medieval period Mandhata Omkareshwar was ruled by the native Bhil chieftains under the suzerainty of the Parmars of Dhar, the sultans of Malwa , the Scindia of Gwalior , who thusly gave over Mandhata to the British in 1824. The last Bhil chieftain Natthu Bhil dropped out with Daryao Gosai a capable cleric of the spot. The last drew nearer the ruler of Jaipur to set right Natthu Bhil .
The lord sent his sibling Bharatsingh Chauhan , then Subedar of Jhalarapatan on the outskirt of Malwa . At long last the whole tussle finished with the marriage of Bharatsingh and the main little girl of Natthu Bhil . Bharatsingh alongside some of Rajput partners who additionally wedded other Bhil young ladies settled in Mandhata in 1165 A.D. Their offspring is called Bhilalas . Bharatsingh’s relatives ruled Omkareshwar sinch then. Amid the British control the Rajas (Officiallly known as Raos) had Mandhata Omkareshwar as their Jagir rights, all annulled now. Baratsingh’s immediate relatives are called Rajputs. “
Omkareshwar Temple is the fundamental fascination of the pioneers. Indeed the town owes its exceptionally presence to this temple. With respect to who built the temple and when , is all covered in mystry.The sanctum sanctorum containing the Jyotirlinga appears to have been initially a little temple of the old development style, the arch being made of layers of stone sections and not of round cut stones. As this temple is excessively near the abruptly profound bank of the Narmada toward the south, the considerable expansion is of new development style. This is the motivation behind why the sanctum sanctorum and the principle divinity are neither in the front of the primary entryway nor underneath the higher obvious Shikhar or the tower of later development.
Omkareshwar is a heavenly town arranged at a separation of 77 km from Indore. It gets its name from the hallowed Hindu image of Om. The spot is a journey site, as there are various Hindu sanctuaries and Jain sanctuaries situated here. It is essentially an island, fit as a fiddle of Om, on the intersection of the waterways Narmada and Kaveri. The island is isolated into north and south by a profound ravine and is connected by an extension. A pontoon ride in Narmada River around the island of Omkareshwar is entirely pleasant.
Omkareshwar is thought to be one of the holiest Hindu locales in the country. This is because of the nearness of the Jyotirlingam, one of the twelve in India. Lingam is the image of Lord Shiva however the Jyotirlingam is exceptional. Jyotirlingam is known as the lingam of light. It is said to get streams of force from inside itself. While, a normal lingam is customarily contributed with mantra shakti (power contributed by serenades) by the ministers. The Jyotirlingam is cherished in the Temple of Sri Omkareshwar Mahadeo.
Otherwise called the Temple of Shri Omkar Mandhata, it is comprised of locally accessible delicate stone. Therefore, there is point by point cutting in the front chamber and hypnotizing divider depictions on the upper parts of the structure. Omkareshwar draws many explorers consistently from different parts of the country. The fans stoop before the Jyotirlinga to be honored by it. Omkareshwar presents a glorious mix of normal and the human creativity. Aside from this, there are some different sanctuaries worth viewing.
The Siddhnath Temple is an exemplary case of early medieval Brahminic design. The most alluring element of the temple is the divider artistic creations of elephants, more than 1.5 m high, cut on a stone section at its external limit. The immense Nandi Bull (the vehicle of Lord Shiva) – cut on the slope inverse the temple of Gauri Somnath, the 24 Avatars and a gathering of Hindu and Jain sanctuaries ought not be missed by any stretch of the imagination.
Indeed, even the tenth century Satmatrika Temples and the Kajal Rani Cave arranged adjacent merit going by. Omkareshwar lies on the Ratlam-Indore-Khandwa line and the closest railroad station is Omkareshwar Road. The town is only 12 km from the station and there are numerous Local transports on the Indore-Omkareshwar course at incessant interims. Despite the fact that they are no rich inns, there are various Dharamshalas here.
Fabulous Sabha Mandap (meeting or petition lobby)
The temple has a fabulous Sabha Mandap (meeting or petition lobby) remaining on around 60 tremendous chestnut stone column (14 feet high), intricately cut with an inquisitive frieze and filet of satyrlike figures. A considerable lot of them have wide shoulders and pondering foreheads.The temple is 5 storeyed each having an alternate god. There are three normal “Pujas” in the temple. The morning one done by the temple trust , the center one by the cleric of Scindia state and the night one by the minister of the Holkar state.The temple is constantly swarmed with explorers, coming after a shower in the Narmada and with pots loaded with Narmada water, coconuts and articles of love, a significant number of them performing Abhishek or unique adores through the ministers.
Amid reasonable or “Parva” times it is exceptionally hard to control the group in the temple. On each Monday the gold plates three headed symbol of Lord Omkar is brought in a palanquin with groups, drums , ministers and enthusiasts accumulate in parade, first they go to the stream where love is done and after that through the roads of the town. In the month of sacred shravan the parades call “Somvar Sawaris” are colossal and fabulous, the group moving expressing the Lord’s name “Om Shambhu Bholenath”, and tossing Gulal making the climate red
Jyotirlinga Divya darshan
The temple has been gone by VIPs including Rajas, Maharajas,Governors and Viceroys.Lord Curzon went by it thusly of the century and announced certain sanctuaries and structures as secured antiquated landmarks. Later on Lord Redding went to it and displayed a major decorative metal light with an engraving in Sanskrit appealing to God for peace (Shanti) of the left souls of those warriors who lost their lives battling the primary Great War.
Parthiv Shivling Pooja – This Pooja is done on request only. 1008 Shiva Lingas are made with mud or wood and their Abhishekam is done by you or on your behalf. It is believed that by performing this Pooja, you can get rid of the Grah Dosh from your horoscope. It is also done to cure diseases, accidental injuries and misfortune.
Maha Rudrabhishekam – This Abhishekam is done by reciting the Rigveda, Samveda, Yajurveda and the Atharva Veda in front of the Linga.
Laghu Rudrabhishekham – It is believed that by doing this Pooja, one can overcome health and wealth-related issues.
Narmada Aarti – Every evening a Maha Aarti takes place on the banks of River Narmada which is spectacular to view. Several lamps are lit and released into the great river Narmada with the hope of achieving health and happiness.
Bhagavan Bhog – Lord Shiva is presented with a Naivedyam Bhog in the evening every day. The Bhog (food) is made of pure Ghee, Sugar and Rice.
Mundan (Tonsure) – Devotees can also perform a Mundan at a nominal price at the Omkareshwar Temple.
Tuladaan – Pilgrims can do Tuladaan at the temple premises. Tuladaan is a ritual where a devotee sits on one side of a Tula and materials that are to be donated placed on the other side of it. When the Tula is balanced perfectly, the amount of material equivalent to the weight of the person is donated to the temple management. The Materials should be arranged by the devotee whereas the apparatus will be arranged by the temple administration.
Omkareshwar Temple Timings
- The Omkareshwar Temple opens at 5:00 AM and closes at 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 sanctum is closed between 3:50 PM to 4:15 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 Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga ?
By Air :
The nearest Domestic Airport is Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport, Indore, roughly two hour drive from Omkareshwar It is well connected to a spectrum of cities like Varanasi, Delhi, Lucknow, Kathmandu, Bhopal, Hyderabad and Kolkata via Air India, Jet Airways, JetKonnect, Indigo and Spice Jet. The second nearest International Airport is Raja Bhoj Airport, Bhopal, roughly 264 Kms from Omkareshwar. Frequent Flights to various national and international destinations take off from here.
By Train :
Omkareshwar has its own Railway Station named as Omkareshwar Railway Station which is located at a distance of 12 Kms from the Omkareshwar city. It is situated on the major Ratlam-Khandwa railway line and is linked with the cities like New Delhi, Bangalore, Mysore, Lucknow, Chennai, Kanyakumari, Puri, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Ratlam.
By Bus :
Omkareshwar is connected to major towns and cities of Madhya Pradesh. There are regular bus services from Indore (77 km), Ujjain (133 km) Khandwa (61 km.) and Omkareshwar Road (12 km). By bus, it takes 2.5 hrs from Khandwa railway station to Omkareshwar.