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Omkareshwar – Popular Hindu Pilgrim Place

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About Omkareshwar

Located on the banks of Narmada River in Shivapuri Island in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Omkareshwar is a popular Hindu pilgrim place, devoted to Lord Shiva and is also one among the 12 famous Jyotirlingams—holy shrines for Lord Shiva spread over the country in different cities.

It is said that the Island Shivapuri is actually in the apt shape of the popular Hindu symbol Om ( ). Coming to the holy shrines in the pilgrim place, there are two temples that make the place as famous as it is today;

this includes one to Omkareshwar—which literally means the Lord of the Om Sound, also called the Lord of Omkaara, and the other one to Amareshwar, which literally means the lord who can never die, who is immortal.

However, it is said that regardless of the geographic elements, the encryptions on the shlokas of the Dwadash Jyotirlingam suggest that the holy jyotirlingam is actually Mamleshwar, which happens to be lying on the other side of River Narmada.

The story behind the origin of jyotirlinga goes back to a tale when Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma were having a debate about having the upper hand in the creation of the universe, and hence the supreme audacity over it. T

hat is when Lord Shiva came and in order to put an end to the debate, pierced the entire three worlds, simultaneously appearing as one powerful and huge pillar of light, which was the Jyotirlinga, and thus, the lord’s first manifestation into such an object. Both Brahma and Vishnu tried their best to find the end of this ray of light, but both only met with defeat although none admitted it.

The Jyotirlinga is thus believed to be an infinite pillar of light and ever since that event, the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines in the country happen to be those places where Shiva’s light emerged during the Ardra Nakshatra.

The other 11 shrines excluding the one at Omkareshwar are as follows: Mallikarjuna in Andhra Pradesh, Somnath in Gujarat, Mahakaleshwar in Madhya Pradesh, Kedarnath in Uttarakhand, Bhimashankar in Maharashtra, Viswanath in Uttar Pradesh, Tryambakeshwar in Maharashtra, Aundha Nagnath in Maharashtra, Rameshwar at Tamil Nadu, Grushneshwar at Maharashtra, and Vaidyanath at Maharashtra.

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