Omkareshwar & Maheshwar
OMKARESHWAR & MAHESHWAR Twice the divinity.
Twice the calm.
Omkareshwar & Maheshwar
22.1773° N, 75.5830° E / 22.2407° N, 76.1608° E

Omkareshwar & Maheshwar

  • 12 JyotirLinga Temples

    OMKARESHWAR IS AMONG THE 12 JYOTIRLINGAS VISITED BY A LARGE NUMBER OF PILGRIMS

  • Maheshwari Saris and Fabric

    MAHESHWAR IS HOME TO THE UNIQUE AND BEAUTIFUL MAHESHWARI SARIS AND FABRIC

  • Popular Bollywood and Tamil Films Shot

    SEVERAL POPULAR BOLLYWOOD AND TAMIL FILMS HAVE BEEN SHOT IN SCENIC MAHESHWAR

  • The Island of Omkareshwar

    THE ISLAND OF OMKARESHWAR IS NATURALLY SHAPED LIKE ‘OM’, THE SACRED HINDU SYMBOL

  • Hanging Bridge Over Narmada

    THE 270 FT. HANGING BRIDGE OVER NARMADA ENHANCES THE BEAUTY OF OMKARESHWAR

The birth of
Omkareshwar

The birth of Omkareshwar

Celebrating
Ravana's defeat

12 Jyotirlinga Shrines
Omkareshwar

Among the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines, this holy island is shaped like the holiest of all Hindu symbols, the 'Om', by mother nature herself. The island comprises of lofty hills, between which, river Narmada forms a serene pool.

Maheshwar

Situated on the banks of river Narmada, this town appeals to both the pilgrim and the tourist in you. The town possesses a treasure trove of beautiful temples thronged by the faithful, while the exquisite Maheshwari saris and majestic palaces enchant the tourist.

Folklore and history enhance the charm of these soothingly picturesque towns, bringing back the child-like wonder; the kind you experienced on listening to the myths from your dear ones.

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Omkareshwar

Reaching by Air

Reaching Omkareshwar by Air

The nearest Domestic Airport is Devi AhilyabaiHolkar Airport, Indore (77 km/2 hr). It is well connected to cities like Varanasi, Delhi, Lucknow, Kathmandu, Bhopal, Hyderabad and Kolkata. The second nearest International Airport is Raja Bhoj Airport, Bhopal (264 kms). Frequent flights to various national and international destinations take off from here.

Reaching by Rail

Reaching Omkareshwar by Rail

Omkareshwar has its own Railway Station named as Omkareshwar Railway Station located at a distance of 12 km 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.

Reaching by Road

Reaching Omkareshwar by Road

Omkareshwar is connected to Indore, Khandwa and Ujjain by regular bus/cab service.

Maheshwar

Reaching by Air

Reaching Maheshwar by Air

Nearest airport is the Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport, Indore (91 km). The airport is well connected by flights to cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Bhopal. From the airport, visitors can hire a taxi to reach Maheshwar.

Reaching by Rail

Reaching Maheshwar by Rail

The nearest railheads are Barwaha (39 km), Khandwa (110 km), Indore (91 km) and Mhow on the Western Railway.

Reaching by Road

Reaching Maheshwar by Road

Maheswar can be reached easily by road. Several state-run buses do ply regularly from Indore, Bhopal, Khandwa, Dhar, Dhamnod and many other cities of Madhya Pradesh.

The might of king Sahastrarjun

Omkareshwar Birth Place

Lamps that celebrate a victory

In Sahastrarjun temple, 11 lamps are lit to keep the magnificent event of Ravana's defeat by King Sahastrarjun alive in memory.

Folklore says that once King Sahastrarjun, the mighty king with 1000 arms, was spending a good time with his 500 wives. The wives wanted more space to play. To meet this demand, the king stopped the mighty river Narmada with his 1000 arms.

While flying by, Ravana saw the dry river bed and found it to be an ideal place to pray. He created a lingam from mud and started praying.

Ravana was in deep prayer and the king and his wives were done playing. That's why the king released the river that he had blocked with 1000 arms. The mighty river Narmada gushed forth and washed away the lingam and disturbed Ravana's worship.

Furious Ravana challenged King Sahastrarjun. The king, with his might and 1000 arms, pinned Ravana to the ground. He then placed 10 lamps on Ravana's heads and one in his hand.

It is to keep this victory alive, the Sahastrarjun temple lights 11 lamps.

Vindhya got blessed by Lord Shiva, and tricked by sage Agastya

Parthivlinga Puja

The birth of Omkareshwar

According to folk mythology, Omkareshwar came into existence as a result of Vindhya Parvat's jealousy and a boon by Lord Shiva.

Once, sage Narada was on his cosmic journey when he visited Vindhya Parvat. In his usual, playful way of instigating, Narada started praising about the greatness of Mount Meru. And he got the desired reaction - Vindhya's jealousy.

Vindhya Parvat created a parthivlinga (lingam made of physical material) and started worship of Lord Shiva to become greater than Mount Meru. Pleased with Vindhya's devotion, Lord Shiva gave him the boon of growing. But this blessing came with a condition that Vindhya's growth shouldn't be a hindrance to Lord Shiva's devotees.

Vindhya soon forgot the condition and grew so mighty that it hid the sun and the moon. Troubled, devotees approached sage Agastya for help. The sage and his wife approached Vindhya and convinced him to not grow till they return. Vindhya agreed to keep the promise. The sage and his wife never returned.

Today, the Jyotirlinga that Lord Shiva had placed, as a sign of his blessing, is known as Omkareshwar.

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