Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga - Shiva's sojourn by the  Narmada


Omkareshwar is the only jyotirlinga located by the banks of the holy Narmada. The course of the holy river at this place resembles the word ‘om’ in Sanskrit, lending the name to the island mentioned in the ancient scriptures of India. The city has 68 teerth (places of spiritual importance) and a group of 108 shivlingas making it an utterly important Shaiva site. River Kaveri confluences with Narmada here.

The place was visited by Adi Shankaracharya who is believed to have composed many of his works by the bank of Narmada in this sacred city. Mythology says that Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati rest here in Omkareshwar hence the shayan aarti (9 pm onwards) of main temple housing the jyotirlinga draws the maximum number of devotees. The devotees in the main temple of Omkareshwar first have the darshan of the giant five faced Ganesh. This Ganesh shrine is the center of special festivities during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Aug- Sept.

The ancient Mamleshwar temple is on the left bank of the Narmada. The walls of this temple have sacred inscriptions written on them which are dated to 1063 AD. Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar gave patronage to this temple and is a protected monument of ASI.

Vrihadeshwar Temple

Dedicated to the 24 avtaras, this ancient temple has exquisite sculpture.

Govindeshwar temple and caves

The Govindeshwar cave is the place where the guru (mentor) of Jagatguru Shankaracharya Shri Govindbhagvadpaad meditated. Govindeshwar temple is the sacred spot where the Jagatguru received deeksha from his Guru. The site was renovated in 1989.

Annapurna temple

The ancient temple located in a vast premise has the temples dedicated to goddess Laxmi, Saraswati and Parvati along with a 35 feet tall statue of lord Krishna. 

Mahakaleshwar temple

The shrine of Lord Mahakal is on the first floor of the Omkareshwar temple as is Lord Omkareshwar on the first floor at Ujjain. The darshan of both the shrines are considered important to complete the pilgrimage of Omkareshwar.

Gurudwara Omkareshwar Sahib - Shri Gurunanak Devji had come to Omkareshwar during his country wide tour. This shrine commemorate His holy visit.