Seher on BIG Magic will take you to the tour of Omkareshwar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva
This Thursday’s episode of Seher on BIG Magic will take you to the tour of Omkareshwar Temple , situated about 77 km from Indore, is a sacred island comprising of two lofty hills and is divided by a valley in such a way that it appears in the shape of the sacred Hindu symbol ‘Om’ from above. This temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is one of the 12 revered Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. It has drawn pilgrims over hundreds of generations and is situated at the confluence of the rivers, Narmada and Kaveri. The devout gather to pray before the Jyotirlinga at the temple of Shri Omkar Mandhata.
Shiva Purana describes the greatness of Omkareshwar and Mammaleshwar. It is believed that Narada (son of Lord Brahma), known for his non-stop cosmic travel, visited Vindhya Parvat. In his spicy way Narada told Vindhya Parvat about the greatness of Mount Meru. This made Vindhya jealous and he decided he wanted to be bigger than Meru. Vindhya started worshipping Lord Shiva and practiced severe penance for nearly six months. As a result Lord Shiva was pleased and blessed him with his desired boon. On a request of all the gods and the sages Lord Shiva made two parts of the lingas– One half is called Omkareshwara and the other Mamaleshwar or Amareshwar.
Another story from Hindu scriptures say that there was a great war between Devas and Danavas(demon), in which Danavas won. This was a major setback for Devas and hence Devas prayed to Lord Shiva. Pleased with their prayer, Lord Shiva emerged in the form of Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga and defeated Danavas.
Omkareshwar Temple is built in the Nagara style and is characterized by a lofty shikhara. The Omkareshwar is not affixed to the ground but is naturally installed there. There is always water around it. The significance of this linga is not situated below the cupola. The idol of Lord Shiva is situated on the top of the temple. The temple can be reached by ferry from the banks of the river. A huge fair is organized here on the day of Kartik Poornima.
Tune in to the Seher, to tour the temple this Thursday, December 15th, 2011…Every morning 7:00 am, only on BIG MAGIC
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