Omkareshwar is a prominent pilgrimage site in Central India. Situated on Mandhata, an island on
Omkareshwar is a prominent pilgrimage site in Central India. Situated on Mandhata, an island onthe Narmada River, Omkareshwar is home to one of the twelve jyotirlingas of the Hindu deity Shiva. Devotees of Shiva (Shivbhakts) believe that the island is shaped like the symbol “Om”. Although the Omkareshwar Mahadev Temple is the biggest attraction for lakhs of devotees who visit each year, Mamleshwar Temple on the south bank of the river is also considered sacred.
Like many large pilgrimage sites, Omkareshwar is buzzing with activity. Saffron-clad sadhus, pundits, and seers gather at the shrines, awaiting a donation (dakshina) for their next meal. The pilgrimage economy flourishes as flowers and other puja paraphernalia are sold at stalls all along the way to the temple.
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