Omkareshwar Mandhata temple is situated in Khandwa district, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. The name Omkareshwar derived from the word OM, which denotes the most holy Hindu symbol. This island is look like the symbol of Om and is about 1km wide and 2km long. It is one of the divine Hindu sites in India by virtue of the presence a jyotirlingam (one of the twelve in India). As you all know that the lingam is the sign of Lord Shiva and there must be purely thousands of them in India. This linga is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. Omkareshwar Mandhata temple is located on the Mandhata hill, at the banks of the Narmada River. Due to the shape of the Island, this holy place is named as “Omkareshwar”.
The lingam or the jyotirlingam of light, however, is very special. It is believed to obtain currents of power from within itself as different to a normal lingam which is ritually empowered with mantra shakti (power invested by priest) by the chants.
The Location Omkareshwar respites at the meeting point of the Narmada and the Kaveri rivers. It is divided into north to south by a deep channel. The ground angles gently along the northern edge but in the east and south, there are cliffs over 150m high shaping a gorge.
The village extends to the southern bank from the island and now it is linked by a new bridge. The river is between said to be very deep and is full of crocodiles. Sri Omkareshwar Mahadev Temple is also well versed by the Temple of Shri Omkar Mandhata which enshrines the jyotirlingam. This sacred temple is made from soft stone (which is locally available) that made possible complex feature in the façade, particularly in the friezes on the higher parts of the structure.
You can find the Siddnath Temple as a beautiful example of early medieval Brahminic architecture and is also worth to visit. At the outer perimeter of this sacred temple, there is an architectural ornament of elephants is carved on a stone slab which is considered as the most eye-catching feature. The roof and the upper portion of the temple are decorated by marvelous elaborated carved figures. This holy shrine is encircled by verandahs with columns carved in circles, polygons and squares.
One can easily reached there by Bus, rail and by air. Through Air, the nearest airport is at Indore which is 55 km away from this holy shrine place. During the whole year, thousands of devotees visit to this sacred temple especially on the eve of Shivratri.