Omkareshwar is located in Madhya Pradesh and it is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva in India. The town has two of the most ancient shrines, Omkareshwar and the other is Amarkareshwar. It is about 75kms from Indore and is situated on an island called as Mandhata or Shivapuri. The location of Omkareshwar is also popular because it has shape of the divine "OM" symbol.
The whole area around Omkareshwar is surrounded by mountains and it makes for a very beautiful view. The parikrama around the island is also considered to be very holy. Each year, the temple attracts thousands of visitors, especially at the time of Mahashivratri.
- There are many modes to reach Omkareshwar and you could get busses
and private taxis from Indore.
- The temple opens at 5AM in the morning and closes at 10 PM. Gupt Aarti
in the madir takes place from 5.30AM to 6.00Am. In the afternoon, bhog
takes place from 12.30AM to 1.00PM and cleaning of the temple takes
place at 5.45PM to 6.15PM.
- Pilgrims don't have to pay any entry fees to visit Omkar Mandhata Temple
in Omkareshwar. If you wish to do any special pooja and abhishek at the
temple premises, then you can give the donation as per your liking.
- There is Narmada-Kaveri sangam towards the left of the island and you
can have a short boat ride in the same.
- Clicking pictures and shooting videos are not allowed inside the temple so
make sure you are not carrying your camera with you inside.
- Shoes and slippers are needed to be taken off before entering any place of
- Please note that Omkareshwar temple and Mamleshwar temple are
different and both are considered as jyotirlingas.
- You might be coming across too many monkeys in the area, so be careful
with your belongings as they can snatch things from you.
- Use of plastic bags is prohibited. So avoid using them
- A Bhojanalaya is run by the Omkareshwar Temple Trust which provides
hygienic food to the pilgrims at a nominal cost
- Don’t submit water, milk or other things on deity when prohibited
- Maintain queue for darshan, be patient don’t create unnecessary pressure
- A special darshan gate is established in the temple premises, for this type
of darshan please take tickets from the counter.
Best Time to Visit
Winter is probably the best time to visit Omkareshwar. The temperature is not
extreme and it remains comfortable whole of winter. As the place gets quite hot
in summer season, you won’t be quite as comfortable roaming around the area
during the summer time. The best months to visit are September to March.