One amongst the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines, this holy island resembles 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.
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 the 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.
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.
The 270 ft hanging bridge over Narmada enhances the beauty of Omkareshwar.
The best time to visit Omkareshwar is between Sept to March.
How to Reach Omkareshwar
The nearest Domestic Airport is Devi AhilyabaiHolkar Airport, Indore (77 km ). 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.
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.
Omkareshwar is connected to Indore, Khandwa and Ujjain by regular bus/cab service.
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