Omkareshwar, a renowned jyotirlinga perched on the Narmada River, literally translates to “Lord of the Om Sound.” The shrine is renowned for its mythological importance. There was a conflict between the Devas and the Danavas, according to legend.
As the Devas appealed to Lord Shiva, Lord Shiva chose their side and appeared as Omkareshwar to assist them in their victory against the evils.
On the occasions of Shivratri, Mahashivratri, and Kartik Poornima, thousands of devotees flock here to see Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga. The holiness of these sanctuaries is enhanced by the serene vibes and magnificent vistas of the sacred Narmada River.
A short ridge separates Mamleshwar’s temple from Omkareshwar.
The Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga has three tales according to Hindu mythology. According to the first mythology, ‘Vindhya Parbat’ did penance to please Lord Shiva, and as a result, Lord Shiva appeared here and granted the Vindhya Parbat his request to be larger than ‘Meru Parbat.’
On the request of gods and sages, the Linga worshipped by Vindhya Parbat was divided into two pieces, ‘Omkareshwar’ and ‘Mamleshwar.’ Omkareshwar and Mamleshwar temples are thought to be single manifestations of the same Shiva Lingam since then.
A second myth claims that King Mandhata and his two sons performed penance. Lord Shiva manifested as a Jyotirlinga in response to their devotion. According to the third narrative, Lord Shiva conquered the Asuras in the guise of Omkareshwar during a horrific fight between Devas and Asuras.
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