Puja at Omkareshwar Temple can only be termed as a blessing, by Lords and mother nature, that Omkareshwar, the sacred island, is shaped like Om ॐ – the holiest symbol of Hinduism. Not surprising then that this serene town is also one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines in India. Pilgrims in unimaginable numbers visit the shrine every year, seeking the blessings of Lord Shiva.
Omkareshwar is adorned with lofty hills, between which the river Narmada forms a serene pool. Above this pool runs a cantilever type bridge which further enhances the scenic beauty of this island.
The beauty and divinity that reside in this town work like a magic spell, transporting you back to childhood moments of sheer wonder.
Omkareshwar is a Hindu temple dedicated to God Shiva. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines. It is on an island called Mandhata or Shivapuri in the Narmada river; the shape of the island is said to be like the Hindu ॐ symbol. There are two temples situated on the island, one called Omkareshwar and amreshwar.
Omkareshwar temple is the main attraction of the pilgrims at Omkareshwar. Omkareshwar owes its very existence to the temple. As to who constructed the temple and when, is all shrouded in mystery.The sanctum sanctorum containing the Jyotirlinga seems to have been originally a small temple of the old construction style, the dome being made of layers of stone slabs and not of circular cut stones. As this temple is too close to the precipitously deep bank of the Narmada to the south, the great extension is of new construction style. This is the reason why the sanctum sanctorum and the main deity are neither in the front of the main door nor below the higher conspicuous Shikhar or the tower of later construction.
BENEFITS OF PUJA AT OMKARESHWAR TEMPLE
- Holiest symbol of Hinduism.
- Blessings of lord shiva.
- Worshipped the god shiva.
- Increases the peace and prosperity.
SIGNIFICANCE OF OMKARESHWAR
- Omkareshwar temple is the main attraction of the pilgrims at Omkareshwar.
- Omkareshwar owes its very existence to the temple.
- Omkareshwar is adorned with lofty hills.
The significance of Omkareshwar Temple has been praised and eulogised in Skanda Purana. In Kashi Khand chapter, Lord Skanda has given a detailed description of various thirths of Varanasi. Varanasi being the holiest of all holy cities in India, encompasses many such powerful lingas which can bestow all kind of happiness.
Lord Shiva has himself given the account of Omkareshwar Lingna in chapter 73 of Kashi Kanda. Omkareshwar temple is the adobe of Param Brahma Parmeshwar and no other place is equivalent in terms of getting blessings of Param Brahma. The Param Brahma is residing in the name of ‘Omkar’ in five forms symbolic of Akaar, Ukaar, Makaar, Naad and Bindu.
A devotee who takes a holy dip in Matsyodari Teerth and worships Omkareshwar will not have the fear of rebirth. A person who worships Omkareshwar will derive the benefits accruing out of performing Ashwa Medha Yagna. Worshipping Omkareshwar is equivalent to reciting one lakh Rudra Japam and is also equivalent to worshipping all the Shiv Lings in the world. Ashtami and Chaturdasi are the auspicious tithis to worship Omkareshwar Linga.