Hindu Holy Place - Omkareshwar
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India is the land with multiple religions and is a country of God fearing people.People start for the pilgrimage from one place to another and perform pooja etc.to wash away all their sins.There are many holy places in India and the main such places are shown here in the following table.
Omkareshwar is situated on the Mandhata hills in Madhya Pradesh, known in ancient times as Shivpuri. The temple dates back to the Krita Yuga.River Narmada flows here around the Mandhata hill in the form of an Om (Omkaram).The Omkareshawar temple is built in the North Inidan style of architecture.
Omkareshwar,is one of the 12 Jyotirlings of Lord Shiva.This sacred place is at the confluence of the rivers narmada and Kauveri.
It is said that once, sage Narada during his visit to the Vindyas,sang the praise of mount Meru to Mount Vindhya.On hearing this,Mount Vindhya prayed to Lord Shiva to gain in importance.Lord Shiva blessed him and appeared here as Omkareshwar & Amareshwar and gave the boon of growing.
But without hindering Shiva devotees.But the Vindhyas did not stop growing, and even obstructed the sun and the moon.Sage Agasthya subdued its growth by saying it should not grow till he gets back there. He never went back & hence the growth was arrested.
As per the Shiv Puran,two sons of the Sun-Dynasty(Surya-Vansh) Mandhata,Ambarish and Mucchkund performed severe penance and pleased Lord Shiva.They also performed many devotional activities and religious sacrificeshere,due to which the mountain was named as Mandhata.
Another popular legend says that once upon a time Vidhya Parvat practiced severe penance and worshipped Parthivarchana along with Lord Omkareshwar for nearly six months. As a result Lord Shiva was pleased and blessed him with the desire boon.
As per the desire of gods and the sages,Lord Shiva divided the ling as Omkareshwar and Amareshwar.
It is also heard that,King Mandhata of the Ishvaku clan worshipped Shiva here and Govind Bhagavatpaada,the Guru of Shankaracharya lived here,in a cave.
Attractions In Omkareshwar
Shri Omkar Mandhata
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The temple stands on an island formed by the fork of the Narmada.The carving on the roof stone is amazing.The passages with columns are carved in circles, polygons and squares which surround the shrine.
This group of 10th century temples, is at about 6 km away from Omkareshwar.
This is an early medieval Brahaminic architecture which has a frieze of elephants carved on a masonary slab at its outer perimeter.
Kajal Rani Cave
This picturesque scenic spot,9 km from Omkareshwar, with a panoramic view of the broad acres and gently undulating landscape that stretches till the horizon.