Omkareshwar is one of the 12 Jyothirlinga Temples dedicated to Shiva at Mandhata or
Shivapuri Island on in Madhya Pradesh.
There is an equally important temple near Omkareshwar. The two temples are
together known as Omkaramamaleswaram in the famous Jyothirlinga Stotram. Two
Jyothirlingas are worshipped here – Omkareswara Linga and Mamaleswara (also
known as Amaleswara) Linga. Narmada
Legend has it that Shiva agreed to stay on
as he gave a boon to king Mandhata. Shiva decided to be present there as
Omkareshwar Jyothirlinga. Mandhata Island
It is believed that Shiva, who is present in past, present and future, realized that devotees who will come to Omkareshwar will be polluted due to desires and fear. They will not be able to attain moksha. So he decided so reside as Amaleswara on the southern bank of
Amaleswara means remover of blemish and impurity. Narmada River
Devotees should first visit Amaleswara and then proceed to Omkareshwar. As Amaleshwara Shiva removes the ignorance and prepares them to take the blessing of Omkareshwar.
It is believed that the term Amaleswara got distorted and is currently known as Mamaleswara.