Omkareshwar, the sacred island, shaped like the holiest of all Hindu symbols, 'Om', has drawn to it hundreds of generations of pilgrims. Here, at the confluence of the rivers Narmada and Kaveri, the devout gather to kneel before the Jyotirlinga (one of the twelve throughout India) at the temple of Shri Omkar Mandhata. And here, as in so many of Madhya Pradesh's sacred shrines, the works of Nature complement those of man to provide a setting awe-inspiring in its magnificence.
Shri Omkar Mandhata
The temple stands on a one mile long, half mile wide island formed by the fork of the Narmada. The soft stone of which it was constructed has lent its pliable surface to a rare degree of detailed work, of which the frieze figures on the upper portion are the most striking. Also intricately carved is the stone roof of the temple. Encircling the shrine are verandahs with columns which are carved in circles, polygons and squares.
A fine example of early medieval Brahminic architecture. Its unique feature is a frieze of elephants carved upon a stone slab at its outer perimeter.
A cluster of Hindu and Jain temples, remarkable for their skillful use of varied architectural modes.
6 km from Omkareshwar, a group of 10th century temples.
Kajal Rani Cave
9 km from Omkareshwar a particularly picturesque scenic spot, with a panoramic view of broad acres and gently undulating landscape that stretches in unbroken harmony till the horizon.
Nearest airport is at Indore (77 km), connected with Mumbai, Delhi and Bhopal.
Nearest railhead is Omkareshwar Road (12 km) on the Ratlam-Khandwa section of the Western railway.
Omkareshwar is connected to Indore, Ujjain, Khandwa and Omkareshwar Road by regular bus services.