Yet another temple renowned for being “one among the twelve revered Jyotirlinga sites of Lord Shiva” is Omkareshwar located in Madhya Pradesh. This temple is situated on an island that takes the shape of the Hindu symbol “Om”. This island is called Mandhata or Shivapuri. Important travel information regarding this “pious” temple is as follows.
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a. Best time to visit Omkareshwar:
The ideal time to visit this “sacred” temple is in between September to March when the climate is extremely pleasant with, temperatures ranging from a maximum of 30 degree Celsius to a minimum of 15 degree Celsius.
b. How to reach Omkareshwar?
1. By train:
This temple possesses its own railway station. The Omkareshwar Railway Station located at a distance of 12 km from the city is well connected to major cities in the country such as New Delhi, Bangalore, Mysore, Lucknow, Chennai etc.
2. By road:
There are number of bus services available from Omkareshwar that connect to major cities in the state such as Ujjain, Indore, and Khandwa.
3. By air:
The nearest airport to this temple is located in Indore. The Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport in Indore is well connected to major cities in the country such as Varanasi, Lucknow, Delhi, Kolkata etc.
c. Religious significance:
There are number of popular myths regarding Omkareshwar. One myth states that King Mandhata of the Ikshvaku clan i.e. ancestor of Lord Ram passionately worshipped Lord Shiva until he transformed himself as a jyotirlinga. Yet another legend states that there was once a battle between devas and the danavas. This battle was eventually won by the danavas. So since devas could not digest this defeat they passionately prayed to Lord Shiva requesting him for assistance. Impressed by this devotion Lord Shiva then took the form of the “Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga” and defeated the danavas. Additionally, it is also said that Sri Adi Sankara is supposed to have met his guru Govindapada in a cave located in this region.