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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Omkareshwar : Jyotirlinga at Madhya Pradesh (MP)

Omkareshwar : Lord Shiva Jyotirlinga at Madhya Pradesh (MP)

Here is the story of lord shiva (Hindu God). We will start it by mantra (Vandana) “Om Namah Shivae”. The Shiva Temple (Jyotirlinga) Omkareshwar was situated in the Madhya Pradesh, on the hills of Mandhata which is on the bank of the Narmada is one of the 12 revered Jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva. It is located at a distance of about 12 miles from Mortakka in Madhya Pradesh.

The river Narmada was two and forms as an island Mandhata or Shivapuri in the centre. The shape of the island resembles that of the visual representation of the omkara sound, Om. Here is two famous temple which are Omkareshwar and other one is Amareshwar.

Legend: there was a Vindhya mountain prayed to Lord Shiva – Omkareshwara which is blessed here. The Legend also has it own the request of the Devas, the Shivalinga and they split in to two, one half being Omkareshwara and the other Amaleshwara or Amareshwar, King Mandhatha of the Ishvaku clan is believed to have worshipped of Lord Shiva here.
Govinda Bhagavatpaada, is the guru of Sankaracharya which believed to have lived in a cave here.

From the bank of the river ferry you can reach this temple. The Omkareshwar was built in the Nagara style is characterized by a lofty shikhara. There are also shrines to Annapurna and Ganesha here.

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