Omkareshwar, the island that is considered sacred by followers of Hinduism, is a fine example of natural beauty and architectural excellence. Two lofty hills and a valley which divides the island resemble the shape of ‘Om’, the sacred symbol of Hinduism. Here are the leading destinations in Omkareshwar.
• Omkareshwar Temple
• Kajal Rani Caves
• Siddhanath Temple
• Mamleshwar Temple
The fourth out of twelve most sacred Jyotirlingas is situated in Omkareshwar. Jyotirlingas are located in places where it is believed that Lord Shiva had appeared in the form of light. In total there are 64 Jyotirlingas. The legends associated with Omkareshwar Templehighlight the importance attached to it by followers of Hinduism. The temple is the most frequented place and in fact, it is one of the main reasons for people to tour Omkareshwar.
Kajal Rani Caves
Omkareshwar, the ancient land has beautiful caves that highlight the history of the place.Kajal Rani Cave is one such cave that offers not just a view into the past history but also a breathtaking view of long stretches of land that spreads before you and seemingly extending up to the horizon. Located 9 km away from Omkareshwar, Kajal Rani Cave is a must visit tourist destination here.
One does not need to have a keen sense of architecture to appreciate the incomparable performance of craftsmanship involved in the making of Siddhanath Temple. Influenced by Brahminic architectural style, the temple attracts followers and others alike. The exquisite carvings on the ceilings awe-inspire you. So do the carved elephants seen at the outer boundary of the temple.
Mamleshwar Temple is naturally the next destination after Omkareshwar Temple as it along with Omkareshwar Temple houses the 4th Jyotirlinga. Devotees are allowed to touch the Jyotirlinga and perform pooja. The temple is located opposite Omkareshwar Temple on the other side of River Narmada. Idol of Parvati is on the wall behind Shiva Linga.