Omkareshwar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is located at Mandhata near Indore in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 12 Jyotirling Temples in India. Mandhata is partly on the south bank of Narmada River and partly on an island of the river.
Legend has it that Shiva agreed to stay on Mandhata Island to fulfill the boon he gave to king Mandhata. Shiva decided to be present here as Omkareshwar Jyothirlinga.
Shiva is worshipped in the form of a Shivling at Omkareshwar Temple. The original shrine was built by the Paramaras in the 11th century and rebuilt by the Holkars in the 19th century.
The shikhara of the temple is said to correspond with Mount Meru.
A series of steps from the ghats leads up to the mandapa of the temple, which is decorated with carved pillars. Murtis of Ganesh, Ram, Sita and other gods can be seen here. Nandi is found after the Mandapa.
There are also separate three shrines dedicated to Siddhanath, Kedareshwar and Guptnath – manifestations of Shiva.
Omkareshwar Shivling is black in color and the murti of Goddess Parvati is found behind the main sanctum sanctorum. An Akshanda Deepa, a permanently lit lamp, is found here.
There is a hollow around the Shivling worshipped at Omkareshwar Temple. The water level in the hollow remains constant after pouring an amount of water. Occasionally air bubbles come to the surface, which is interpreted as the deity’s satisfaction with the offerings to the pilgrims.
Women with desire to have healthy children imprint swastika mark on the walls of the four-storeyed temple and tie a string around the image of Goddess inside.
Shivratri and Kartik Purnima attract maximum devotees.