The Blessed Island

The Blessed Island
The heritage in Omkareshwar makes for quite the sight, Photo Credit: Ajay Sood

Omkareshwar is a gem hiding in plain sight

Ajay Sood
March 17 , 2020
01 Min Read

There are various reasons for Omkareshwar to be named so; surely for the Shiva temple or the Omkareshwar Mahadev Temple. And, if one were to stretch their imagination, they would find that the Mandhata Parvat, the river island on which the temple is situated, forms a rough ‘Om’ shape.

The Omkareshwar temple was built by Ahilya Bai Holkar

Omkareshwar is an ancient site of one of the 12 jyotirlingas and is visited by millions of devotees each year. Said to have been built in the 11th century by the Paramaras, it is the starting point of the famous Omkareshwar parikrama. Apart from the main attraction, there’s the modest Kedareshwar Temple, the elaborate 13th-century Siddhanath Barahdwari, and even the remains of the iconic Gauri Somnath Temple. Around the temple, three magnificent gates are dedicated to the Hindu epic Mahabharata—Dharamraj Dwar, Chand-Suraj Dwar and Bheem-Arjun Dwar. The Chand-Suraj Dwar lies on the highest point of the island. It’s the spot where the first rays of the sun fall and from where one can also enjoy a spectacular moonrise in the evenings.

The grand entrance to Siddhanath Barahdwari

While there’s no doubt the island is a key attraction for pilgrims, it also beckons history lovers.

 

 


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