‘Omkaar’ contains the mystery of Lord Shiva who would have been incarnated from it. One of the twelve Jyotirlingas-‘Omkareshwar’ Jyotirlinga has derived its name from the place where it had been allocated on an island beside river Narmada that was carved out in the shape of ॐ symbol which was famous as Mandhata or Shivpuri. One temple is renowned as Omkaar and other is called Amareshwar which are contradictory to their two names that are mentioned as Mamleshwar in a shloka on Dwadash or twelve Jyotirlingas.
The holy shrine ‘Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga’ is constructed in the Khandwa district nearby Narmada river of Madhya Pradesh in India.
- Narada-the son of Lord Brahma, once, elaborated in the praising braggart tone to Vindhya Mountain about the greatness of mountain Meru. Envied with Meru Mountain, Mountain Vindhya meditated severely for pleasing lord Shiva so that he could get the boon of having an edge over the greatness of mountain Meru in relation to height. With the arm of love and devotion, anyone can be pursued. Lord Shiva was mesmerized and granted its wish on one condition that it would never create problem for Shiva’s devotees. But Vindhya surpassed its limit and began to trouble even the moon and the sun. All deities urged to seer Agasthya and his wife for convincing it not to obstruct the way of other heavenly bodies. Agasthya’s wife coaxed Vindhya to retain its existed height until they both return to it. But they never returned there again and Mountain Vindhya had stopped growing for keeping its promise to the seer Agasthya and his wife.
- Other legend narrates that King Mandhat of Ikshvaku dynasty was the firm devout of Lord Shiva. Thus, he worshipped his favorite deity in order to retain him eternally in the form of Jyotirlinga.
- Another Vedic tale goes to tell that two sons of Mandhat namely Ambarish and Mucchkund performed appalling penance for pleasing lord Shiva for several years. That’s why the meditation spot acquired its name as Mandhata.
- One more legend conveys that after facing shameful defeat to the hands of Demons, deities worshipped lord Shiva and hence, his Jyotirlinga representing the embodiment of lord Shiva conquered over demons.