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Exploring Shree Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga: A Pilgrim’s Guide

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Introduction to Shree Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga:

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The purpose of this blog is to provide a sort of pilgrim’s guide by exploring Shree Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga or Omkareshwar Temple Jyotirlinga, one amongst the 12 holy Jyotirlingas in India. 

Considering the religious and spiritual significance of the 12 Jyotirlingas, devotees long to visit all the 12 Jyotirlingas at least once in their lifetime and seek the blessings of Lord Shiva.

Shri Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga holds a special religious significance for its peculiar and unique shape in the form of the letter ॐ (Om) written in Devnagri script. 

Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Madhya Pradesh, Omkareshwar MP, or Omkareshwar Temple MP or Omkareshwar Temple Jyotirlinga is one of the two Jyotirlingas present in the State of Madhya Pradesh. The other being the Mahakaleshwar Mandir of Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. 

Khandwa to Omkareshwar temple distance by train is approximately 59 kms while by road, it is roughly 70 kms. People can cover Khandwa to Omkareshwar temple distance  roughly in 2 hours by train and 1 hour 15 minutes by cab.

Shree Omkareshwar Temple or Omkareshwar MP journey from Indore:

The journey to Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga or Omkareshwar Mandir or Omkareshwar Temple MP from Indore by road takes around 3 hours. If one does undertake the journey leisurely by stopping at the sideways tea-stalls, it may take around 3-4 hours. 

People wrongly address Omkareshwar Temple Jyotirlinga as  Omkareshwar temple ujjain, omkareshwar temple pune & omkareshwar temple indore. People call it Omkareshwar temple ujjain or Omkeareshwar temple indore probably because of the vicinity of Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga temple from Ujjain and Indore cities.  

Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga, is in fact located in the ‘Mandhata’ city of Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh. People commonly call it Omkareshwar temple Indore or Omkareshwar temple Ujjain or Omkareshwar temple Pune. Omkareshwar temple Pune was built by Shivaram Bhat, the spiritual guru of Peshwas sometime around 1740-1760 AD.

To cover Ujjain to Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga distance by bus, it takes considerably a long time. Ujjain to Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga distance is roughly 150 kms. The Omkareshwar to Ujjain journey can be traveled by cab also. The taxi charges from Omkareshwar to Ujjain are in the range of Rs 3000 for 4 passengers.

Indore to Omkareshwar distance is approximately 80 kms. Enroute the journey from Indore to Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga, the picturesque Khandwa region enchants the pilgrims with greenery and serene and picturesque sites. Indore to Omkareshwar distance can also be covered by train. There are around 5 trains that cover Indore to Omkareshwar distance on a daily basis.

Routes for going to Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga temple from Indore:

In fact, there are two routes to reach Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga temple from Indore.

Route No. 1 – via Khandwa road to Omkareshwar Mandir.  The stations that will come on this route are- Indore-Baigram-Choral-Pankhaniya-Chichala-Barwaha-Mortakka-Omkareshwar.

En route this Omkareshwar Mahadev Mandir trip, the pilgrims encounter the panoramic view all along and get to see Simrol Falls, Kajligarh Fort, Tafri waterfall, Vindyachal, Bheru Ghat, Tincha waterfall, Berchha & Narmada view point, Mortakka.

Route No.2. This route leading to Omkareshwar Mahadev Mandir is a little longer. It is roughly 125 kms. It takes a little longer to reach Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Madhya Pradesh. The stations which people come across on this alternative route are- Indore-Umaria-

Dr.  Ambedkar Nagar-Mend-Bhagdara-Dhargaon-Machalpur-Barwaha-Mortakka-Omkareshawar.

Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga location- In the middle of India, the State of Madhya Pradesh:

As far as the Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga location is concerned, it is situated in the middle of India. So is the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Ujjain. The rest of the 11 Jyotirlingas are located in all the four directions- East, West, North and South of India, thus, offering equal opportunity to all the devotees residing in respective regions to find- Jyotirlingas near me easily. Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga location is ideal for the devotees of any of the 4 regions – East, West, North and South.

What does Jyotirlinga signify?:

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12 Jyotirlingas signify the infinite form of Lord Shiva spreadover across India. Jyoti means “Light” and Linga, a symbolic sign radiating light. 12 Jyotirlingas, symbolize omnipresent Lord Shiva.

The lingam or the Stambh(the pillar) represents the beginningless and endless Supreme power of Lord Shiva. 

Owing to the earthly rewards, the 12 Jyotirlingas, including the Omkareshwar Mahadev Temple, grant to its devotees these are considered sacred and holy in Hinduism. 

Shiva legend about the emergence of 12 Jyotirlingas:

The story behind the emergence of 12 Jyotirlingas goes that so as to prove supremacy amongst Brahma, the creator; Vishnu, the sustainer and; Shiva, the destructor, Lord Shiva pierced through the three worlds with his gigantic infinite Stambha(the pillar, Jyotirlinga). 

As per the story, Brahma and Vishnu ascended/descended on the pillar in order to find out its beginning and end.

Vishnu took Varaha incarnation (avatar) and Brahma of Hansa(Swan). Brahma lied and produced Ketaki flower as proof while Vishnu admitted his inability to find the beginning and the end of the light of the Lord Shiva’s Stambha, the pillar of light(Jyotirlinga).

Angered at the dishonest representation by Brahma, Shiva cursed that he would not be worshiped; Lord Shiva further pronounced that Vishnu would be worshiped eternally for adopting an honest and truthful approach.

Shri Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga or Shree Omkareshwar Temple or Shree Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga

Shri Omkareshwar jyotirlinga, Shree Omkareshwar temple, Shree Omkareshwar jyotirlinga, by whatever name you call these holy temple is a unique temple to visit in the sense that this temple is situated on an island called Mandhata which is shaped like the ॐ (Om) symbol in Devanagari script. It is located on the southern bank of the Narmada River on the mainland. 

People enjoy the boat journeys from the mainland to Omkareshwara temple or Omkareshwara in a serene and picturesque environment.

Omkareshwar temple is situated 140 Kms south of Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain in the Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh. 

Omkareshwar Mandir Timings:

Omkareshwar Mandir Timings: The darshan opens in the early dawn at 5.00 am.

Omkareshwar temple closing time: Omkareshwar temple closing time is 9.30 pm.

Omkareshwar Temple History:

The Omkareshwar Temple History has witnessed many ups and downs over the period of time. The Omkareshwar temple was built by Jayasimhadeva and Jayavarman, the Paramara Kings of Malwa in the 11th Century. Later it was under the administration of Chauhan rulers.

In the 13th Century the temple was plundered by Mahmud Gazni, an Afghan ruler. During the Muslim rule, the temple remained under the administration of the Chauhan Kings.

In the 19th Century, the Holkar rulers, mainly Rani Ahalya Bai, rebuilt the Omkareshwar Mahadev Temple.

During colonial rule, the Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga temple came under British rule. Presently, the Omkareshwar Temple Trust administers the affairs under the overall supervision of the State Government of Madhya Pradesh.

Those who look for places to visit Omkareshwar Temple Jyotirlinga prefer to visit Kajal Rani Cave, Siddhanath temple, Saptamatrika Temples and Ahilya Ghat also.


Men, women and children, across the country wish to visit atleast once in their lifetime, all the 12 Jyotirlingas and seek blessings of Lord Shiva 

Since time immemorial, the temples have been deeply associated with Hindu culture and traditions. The temples guide devotees to adhere to values, and traditions of Hindu culture.

Spiritual recognition of the 12 Jyotirlingas:

The concept of maintaining a harmonious, conducive and congenial atmosphere for growth and development is the hallmark of Hinduism.

The temple rituals, performed in the peaceful and serene environment  evoke interest in devotees for spirituality and devotion which paves way for them to attain salvation.

In Hinduism, Pooja archana at the 12 Jyotirlingas guides devotees to remain adhered to the noble path eternally.

Worshiping 12 Jyotirlingas’ is both  for the benefit of an individual’s wellbeing and for the society at large.

The large congregations of the masses at the twelve Jyotirlingas, deeply resonate the religious and spiritual fervor.


Q.1. Where is Omkareshwar temple Jyotirlinga situated?

Ans.1 Omkareshwar temple Jyotirlinga is located in the Mandhata city in Khandwa District of Madhya Pradesh.

Q.2.What is the significance of Omkareshwar temple Jyotirlinga?

Ans.2. Omkareshwar mandir is situated on an island which is in the shape of ॐ (Om) letter written in Devnagri script. Omkareshwar Mahadev Temple, being on the banks of the holy river Narmada in Mandhata city, connects millions spiritually.

Q.3. What is the history of Omkareshwar Temple?,

Ans. King Mandhata worshiped Lord Shiva here and since then the place is known as Mandhata hills or Shivpuri. 

Q.4. Why is Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga considered sacred?

Ans.4. Omkareshwar temple Jyotirlinga is situated on the banks of river Narmada on an island called Mandhata Parvat and people take dip in the river Narmada. Visiting Omkareshwar Temple Jyotirlinga is considered sacred as it provides earthly rewards.

Q.5. What is the importance of Shri Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga in Hinduism?,

Ans. 5. In Hinduism, it is considered sacred as a visit to Omkareshwar temple benefits devotees immensely.  

Q.6. What makes Shree Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga unique among the 12 Jyotirlingas?

Ans.6 Shree Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga temple is unique in the sense that it is situated on Mandhata hills on an island. The Omkareshwar temple Jyotirlinga is situated on the banks of holy River Narmada.

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