A Trip to Omkareshwar Jyotirling Day – 1

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  1. A Trip to Omkareshwar Jyotirling Day – 1
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Jai Omkar………………………………Omkareshwar Jyotirling

Me and my wife alongwith our two kids are the keen divotees of lord Shiva or in other words we have immense faith in Bhole Baba. We frequently visit to the Jyotirlings and other Shivalayas as a part of our family holidays.

We reside in the Dhar District of Madhya Pradesh which is around 35 KM from Indore the commercial capital of MP. Two out of twelve Jyotirlingams are situated in MP and fortunately both of them are within 100 KM from our residence, they are Mahakaleshwar (Ujjain) and Mamleshwar (Omkareshwar) and we frequently visit these places. We have decided to visit minimum one jyotirling each year and so far we have completed Eight out of 12 jyotirlingas.

After our eight days pilgrimage to Shrisailam Jyotirling (Andhra Pradesh) in October 2010(I will include this trip in my next post ), it was a stretch of Three months that we could not visited lord.

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It was a fine morning of Saturday and I was in office, I received a call from my wife and she asked me to go to Omkareshwar as it was my weekly off next day, I happily agreed and we decided to leave for Omkareshwar by our car (Chevrolet Spark) immediately after my returning from office at 3:00 PM (I took short leave from my office). I told her to get prepared with children and pack the necessary stuff.

About Omkareshwar:
Omkareshwar is fourth out of 12 Jyotirlings of lord Shiva according to ancient Hindu epics. It is situated in the Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh state. It is on an island called Mandhata in the Narmada river. It is about 80 Kms from Indore in Madhya Pradesh. The shape of the island is said to be like the Hindu Om symbol. There are two temples here, one is Omkareshwar (whose name means “Lord of Omkaara or the Lord of the Om Sound”) and another one is Mamleshwar or Amareshwar (whose name means “Immortal lord” or “lord of the Immortals or Devas”).

Omkareshwar is formed by the sacred river Narmada. This is one of the most sacred of rivers in India and is now home to one of the world’s biggest dam projects (Sardar Sarovar Project).
So, We started from our home at 03:00 PM. After approx. 50 km we took Indore – Burhanpur MP SH 27. The highway is in very good condition so we could drive freely and we were enjoying the beauty of nature enroute, there is a Ghat section on the way to Omkareshwar. Both of the sides of the road are full with natural beauty.

Enroute Omkareshwar (SH 27 Indore Burhanpur Road) with our Spark

On the road (SH 27 Indore Burhanpur Road)

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On the way to Omkareshwar, after around 30 kms from indore there is a temple of lord Shani dev (Navagrih Mandir) which is claimed as one of the india’s biggest Shani Navagrih temple and worlds biggest temple based on Vastushastra. The entire temple is made by black marble the village where it is situated is called Baigram. The principal deity in this temple is Lord Shani Dev. The statue of Shani dev is placed in the centre and aroud it there are the statues of other navagriha’s. The temple is worth seeing. We were very fortunate to visit this temple on Saturday.

Shani Navagrih Temple Bai Gram (Indore Omkareshwar Highway)

Shani Navagrih Temple Bai Gram (Indore Omkareshwar Highway)

Worlds Biggest temple based on Vastushastra (Indore Omkareshwar Highway)

Indias Biggest Shani Navagrih Temple

Shani Navagrih Temple

Statue of Shani dev in sanctum santctorum

Statues of other Grihas within temple

In front of Shani Navagrih Temple

So after visiting this great temple and after a pause of around half an hour, we again boarded our car and started our journey towards Omkareshwar. There are so many hotels and dhabas enroute. We reached Omkareshwar at around 7:00 PM. Now our first priority was to look for a good place to stay.

There are so many Dharmashalas and lodges in this temple town including the MP Tourism Resort. Here I would like to mention that we had visited Omkareshwar many a times before but it was our first chance to stay there, since it is very near to our home so we always managed to come back same day after darshan, but this time we decided to stay and see omkareshwar and around in leisure. Finally we decided to hire a room with three bed in Shree Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan Guest House.

Shri Gajanan Maharaj Seva Sansthan Guest House.

Our room in Shri Gajanan Maharaj Seva Sansthan Guest House.

The best place to stay in Omkareshwar is Shri Gajanan Maharaj Seva Sansthan Guest House, in all means it is suitable like charges for 24 hrs. stay for 3 bed is Rs. 225 only with all facilities e.g. Hot water, attached lat bath etc. The good food is also available here at a chearge Rs. 20 per thali.

For the viewers of ghumakkar.com I am providing here the contact number of Shri Gajanan Maharaj Bhakt Niwas Omkareshwar. Though they don’t book rooms in advance but anyone can talk them for the availabily of rooms – Phone number is 07280271204.

Cleanliness is the special cherecteristic here, and the overall atmosphere here is very spiritual, at checking out you’ll get the packed prasad, vibhuti and a photograph of Shri Gajanan Maharaj. In the campus there is a beautiful temple of Shri Gajanan Maharaj of Shegaon(Maharashtra).

Temple of Shri Gajanan Maharaj

In the campus of Shri Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan Guest House

After having Dinner at 8:00 PM , we decided to visit main Jyotirling temple where in night at around 09:00 PM there happens Shayan Aarti which has spiritual importance and it is said that every pilgrim visiting Omkareshwar must attend this Shayan Aarti.

The sanctum Sanctorum of Omkareshwar Jyotirling Temple is decorated with a beautiful bed and a palna on which it is believed that lord Shiva sleeps at night.

A chousar / Chopad (An ancient game played in india like chess ) is placed and it is believed that in the morning the settings of the game is found changed as lord Shiva plays Chosar in the night.

Rare photo of Omkareshwar Jyotirling garbhgriha Shayan aarti (Just near Jyotirling)

Rare photo of Omkareshwar Jyotirling garbhgriha Shayan aarti

Jyotirling during shayan aarti in night 09:30 PM

The aarti is carried out with only instruments (Not vocal) and the prominent instrument played during aarti is Damru. After attending the miraculus shayan aarti we returned to our guest house and slept at around 11:00 PM.

For next days details please don’t forget to see my next post……………………………………..

67 Comments

  • Sahil says:

    Dear Mr. Mukesh ,

    Great detailed account on Omkareshwar Jyotirling supported with beautifull pics . Please do share your other experiences as well. Thanks for sharing .

    Sahil

  • Mahesh Semwal says:

    Dear Mukesh,

    Brilliant post !!!!!

    Thanks for taking us to Spiritual Place “Omkareshwar” & congratulation for visiting 7 Jyortirlinga. I know couple of Jyortirlinga , could you update us with 12 Jyortirlinga.

    Looking forward to your next post.

  • Mukesh Bhalse says:

    Dear Mahesh,

    Thanks for your beautiful remarks. As per Shiv Mahapuran all 12 jyotirlingas are enlisted in the Dwadash Jyotirling Stotra as follows:

    द्वादश ज्योतिर्लिंग स्तोत्र

    सौराष्ट्रे सोमनाथं च, श्रीशैले मल्लिकार्जुनम् ।
    उज्जयिन्यां महाकालं ॐ कारममलेश्वरम् ॥
    परल्यां वैधनाथ च, डाकिन्यां भीमशंकरम् ।
    सेतुबन्धे तु रामेशं, नागेशं दारुकावने ॥
    वाराणस्यां तु विश्वेशं, त्र्यंबकं गौतमीतटे ।
    हिमालये तु केदारं, धुश्मेशं च शिवालये ॥
    ऐतानि ज्योतिर्लिंगानि, सायंप्रात: पठेन्नर ।
    सप्तजन्मकृतं पापं स्मरणेन विनश्यति ॥

    According to this Shloka following are the 12 jyotirlingas spreaded in all over India:

    1. Somnath Jyotirling in Somnath Distt. Junagarh (Gujarat).
    2. Mallikarjuna Jyotirling in Srisailam Distt. Kurnool (Andhra Pradesh)
    3. Mahakal Jyotirling in Ujjain Distt. Ujjain (M.P.)
    4. Mamleshwar Jyotirling in Omkareshwar Distt. Khandwa (MP)
    5. Vaijnath/Vaidyanath Jyotirling in village Parli Distt. Parbhani (Maharashtra)
    6. Bhimashankar Jyotirling in village Bhimashankar near Pune Distt. Bir (Maharashtra)
    7. Rameshwar Jyotirling in Rameshwaram Island Distt. Ramanathpuram (Tamil Nadu)
    8. Nageshwar Jyotirling in Nageshwar Distt. Dwarka (Gujarat)
    9. Vishweshwar Jyotirling in Varanasi Distt. Varanasi (UP)
    10. Triyambak Jyotirling in Nashik (Maharashtra)
    11. Kedareshwar Jyotirling In Kedarnath (Uttara Khand)
    12. Ghrushneshwar Jyotirling village verul near Ellora Distt. Aurangabad (Maharashtra )

    Thanks.

    • balasubramaniyan says:

      nageshwar is also in Aundha, Maharashtra, one of the 12 jyotirlingams, which is also called darukavanam. Both Dwarka and Aundha lay claim to this jyotirlingam, which appears to be right.

    • Suri S says:

      Dear Sri Mukesh, I am planning to be there in Indore / omkareshwar on 28th Mar Monday. By the Lord’s grace I want to visit the temple and have a dip in the sacred Narmada. Thank you for the article. Will I be able to speak to you if I need some clarification as I am coming to Madhya Pradesh for the first time. Thanks again Suri 9940063739

  • Mukesh Bhalse says:

    Dear Sahil,
    Thanks for liking the post and your beautiful words.

    Thanks.

  • Beautiful narration and pictures.

  • Mukesh Bhalse says:

    Deependra,
    Thank you for your sweet words.

    Thanks.

  • jojo says:

    hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii chachu u went to office or no mail on gmail

  • vishal rathod says:

    Dear Mukesh,

    excellent post and beautiful narration. this has helped me lot planning my trip. i and my family have planned to visit omkareshwar and mahakaleshwar this july . Can you help me with good and cheap accomodation near mahakal temple ujjain , like gajanand maharaj.

    regards

    vishal rathod

    aum namah shivaya

  • Mukesh Bhalse says:

    Dear Vishal,
    Thanks for your sweet words. I am planning to visit Ujjain (Mahakal) on this sunday i.e. 8th and after returning from there I will surely update you on accomodation near Mahakal Temple.

    Thanks.

  • Mukesh Bhalse says:

    Dear Vishal,
    It seems that you are also a great devotee of lord Shiva like we are (Me and my family). I am very happy to find a person whose spiritual destination is same as me. Well, so far we have visited Seven Jyotirlingas (Omkareshwar, Mahakal, Tryambakeshwar,Ghrushneshwar, Somnath, Nageshwar & Srisailam). This year in Oct/Nov our plan is Parli Vaijanath & Bhimashankar, Whatever informatin you have about these places please share with me. Have you been to Ashtavinayak? Do you post your travalogues on Ghumakkar or any other website? Please reply to solve my queries. You can also send me e mails on my id :
    [email protected]
    [email protected]

    Also please tell me something more about you so that we can proceed our steps towords friendship. Waiting for your reply.

    Thanks.
    Mukes Bhalse

  • vishal rathod says:

    well mukesh

    Let me introduce myself . Vishal Rathod a gujarati born and brought up in mumbai. having B.E. degree in production and a degree in management. After working in big organisations like ICICI , Reliance and in Dubai i am now working in a creative company as Sales Head in Mumbai free from stress and pressures.
    Well i got lord shiva’s bhakti from my wife sonali after my marriage . i have daughter three years old.

    Thats about me .

    Well you need to tell me that are you going to travel via car or train ,, then i can give you the detail.

    About Astavinayak

    These are eight forms of Ganapati in Maharashtra. they are situated around the pune district. you can visit all of them in two to three days . there are lot of luxury buses tour available from mumbai as well as pune. they cost you around 2500 – 3500 per person includes accomodation and food.
    these tours generally start from friday and end on Sunday .

    Bhimashankar

    Well this was my first jyotirling and second highest in altitude after Kedarnath.And i visited this alone while climbing there 3250 feet . it is 128 Km from Pune . temperature here is cool and weather is breezy . in october it will be cold . Scenery is excellent . climate is superb free from pollution but very far away from any urban place . A typical isolated place on mountain top with only few hundred villagers .

    A PLACE to VISIT not to STAY atleast with Family. and if you want to stay then read below

    When i first came here three years ago , i stayed at local villagers hut at Rs. 30 for stay and Rs 40 for food .They gave me hot water in morning also. secondly there are lot of dharamshalas available for Rs. 100 -200 . dont expect any way near gajanand maharaj ashram . And check out basic facility like toilet, hot waterbefore booking . Because i went toilet and bath in open air like local people there .

    this was all three years before. i dont know now .

    About temple and shivling

    its magnificient , generally you get darshan in 15 minutes. Unlike other jyotirlings you can touch the
    lingam . you can do abhishek also . women are also allowed to touch unlike trimbakeshwar which i feel nonsense. food is also not upto the mark because hotels are not from professionals . so eat little just to satisfy your stomach .

    Well if you come by train Indore Pune express it reaches at 8.00 am in morning . ST stand is near the station walking distance .Pune Bhimashankar buses and vice versa are available every 20 – 30 mins .you can reach bhimashankar in 4 hours take darshan and come back again in 4 hours and stay in pune that is what i advice if you are with family.

    tell me something more about your trip plan so that i can advice you further i .e. no of days , date etc. i will give you details about parli vaijnath later please give me some time.

    regards

    vishal rathod.

  • vishal rathod says:

    well mukesh

    Let me introduce myself . Vishal Rathod a gujarati born and brought up in mumbai. having B.E. degree in production and a degree in management. After working in big organisations like ICICI , Reliance and in Dubai i am now working in a creative company as Sales Head in Mumbai free from stress and pressures.
    Well i got lord shiva’s bhakti from my wife sonali after my marriage . i have daughter three years old.

    Thats about me .

    Well you need to tell me that are you going to travel via car or train ,, then i can give you the detail.

    About Astavinayak

    These are eight forms of Ganapati in Maharashtra. they are situated around the pune district. you can visit all of them in two to three days . there are lot of luxury buses tour available from mumbai as well as pune. they cost you around 2500 – 3500 per person includes accomodation and food.
    these tours generally start from friday and end on Sunday .

    Bhimashankar

    Well this was my first jyotirling and second highest in altitude after Kedarnath.And i visited this alone while climbing there 3250 feet . it is 128 Km from Pune . temperature here is cool and weather is breezy . in october it will be cold . Scenery is excellent . climate is superb free from pollution but very far away from any urban place . A typical isolated place on mountain top with only few hundred villagers .

    A PLACE to VISIT not to STAY atleast with Family. and if you want to stay then read below

    When i first came here three years ago , i stayed at local villagers hut at Rs. 30 for stay and Rs 40 for food .They gave me hot water in morning also. secondly there are lot of dharamshalas available for Rs. 100 -200 . dont expect any way near gajanand maharaj ashram . And check out basic facility like toilet, hot waterbefore booking . Because i went toilet and bath in open air like local people there .

    this was all three years before. i dont know now .

    About temple and shivling

    its magnificient , generally you get darshan in 15 minutes. Unlike other jyotirlings you can touch the
    lingam . you can do abhishek also . women are also allowed to touch unlike trimbakeshwar which i feel nonsense. food is also not upto the mark because hotels are not from professionals . so eat little just to satisfy your stomach .

    Well if you come by train Indore Pune express it reaches at 8.00 am in morning . ST stand is near the station walking distance .Pune Bhimashankar buses and vice versa are available every 20 – 30 mins . you can reach bhimashankar in 4 hours take darshan and come back again in 4 hours and stay in pune that is what i advice if you are with family.

    tell me something more about your trip plan so that i can advice you further i .e. no of days , date etc.

    regards

    vishal rathod.

    aum namah shivaya

  • Mukesh Bhalse says:

    Dear Vishal,
    Om Nanah Shivay and thank you very much for providing such valuable information. Let me first tell you that we’ll go there by train. Well, my plan is to first reach Nanded, stay there and visit Parli Vaijanath & Aundha Nagnath then move to Pune, stay there and visit Bhimashankar & Mahabaleshwar (We are in a dilemma on Ashtavinayak so far because it will take another 2-3 days ) and from Pune to Indore. well few days before reservation i’ll make contact with you to take your opinion.

    Now something about me:
    I have studied Mech. Engineering and Operations Management and right now working in a steel industry as a Manager – Quality Assurace. I am blessed with two children elder daughter Sanskriti (11 Years) and younger son Vedant (4 Years) .

    If you get some time please post your travel stories on Ghumakkar, its really good to share our travel experiences with others travel lovers.

    Thanks.

    Thanks.

  • Vishal Rathod says:

    definately i will post mainly about kashi prayag and chitrakoot. give me some time.

    note my number 9 0 0 4 3 0 7 7 7 0 .

    since you stay near indore , can you tell me something about dewas . How many steps are there to
    climb to the temple of chamunda and tulja bhawani. Is climbing difficult . I am asking because this
    time my father in law and mother in law are coming.

    Parli Vaijanth again is small place like Omkareshwar. it is 62 km from latur and 106 km from Nanded.

    Is there any direct train from Indore to Nanded i doubt?????

    Parli Vaijnath , Aundh Naganath and Grishneshwar are each 2 -4 hours from each other. one can visit all the three in 1 – 2 days .

    i have not been there but making continous research on all religious places. give me little of info on srisailam later because this diwali i am planning to go.

    regards

    Vishal

    • Padmanabhan says:

      Read your post with great interest. My wife and I have been visiting the Shiva temples over the years. They say that Baidynath in Bihar is the Jyotirling. I visited it last Aug when I went to Gaya. (300km from Gaya). I think there are 2 claims for Baidyanath. One in Bihar and the other in Maharashtra. similarly for Nagnath. One in Dwaraka and the other in Maharashtra. Best is to visit all of them.

      While in Rameswaram do try to visit the temples in Tamilnadu. They are HUGE. The aura is phenomenal

  • Vishal Rathod says:

    Mukesh also go through yatra2yatra.com it has good info.

    Vishal

  • rajesh says:

    plsease mail me aarti perform everynight at omkareshwar temple.i liked it most.

  • VK KAUSHIK says:

    Dear Mukesh Ji

    All informations are very use ful. Could you please share how to book Shri Gajanan Maharaj guest House in Omkareashwar as I will be reaching there with family group.

    Regards

  • Dear Kaushik Ji,
    Sorry for getting much delayed in replying. In Gajanan Maharaj Guest house there is no any provision for advance booking. They provide rooms at the time of reporting based on availability, and there are always 95% chances of getting accomodation there, so there is nothing to worry.

    Thanks.

  • Dear Ramesh,
    Extremely sorry for getting delayed in replying, First of all thank you very much liking my post on Ghumakkar.com and secondly congratulations to you to have completed 7 Jyotirlingams, its really a big thing.

    1. Yes Ramesh as per Dwadash Jyotirling Stotram, in counting the Omkareshwar and Mamaleshwar are one out of twelve, but physically they appear different and situated in different temples in Omkareshwar on either banks of river Narmada.

    2. As far as Vaidyanath Jyotirlingam is concerned people are not unanimous on this, there is a big controversy between these two, some people consider it in Deoghar in Jharkhand state and some consider it in Parli Vaijanath in Maharashtra, as per Dwadashjyotirlingastotram it is ” Parlya Vaidyanatham” so I think Parli vaijanath is true, but I think one should not do much brainstorming on this issue, if it is possible to do both do it otherwise with faith in the heart visit any one which is convinient to you.

    One another Jyotirlinga is controversial and that is Nageshwar, here also people have different views some consider it is Nageshwar near Dwarka Gujarat, some consider it is in Aundha Naganath in Maharashtra and some other think it is in Jageshwar in Almora District in Uttarakhand. So let people think whatever they think, you visit where your heart says.

    3. There is no problem in visiting Omkareshwar in August, OK it is rainy season but nothing is abnormal here, no extreme rainfall happens here you can visit any time also you can avail advantage of greenery everywhere in rainy season, natural beauty happens on bloom these days.

    4. For Ghrishneshwar you need to come to Aurangabad City in Maharashtra from Aurangabad its hardly 30-40 KM and you can hire an auto from Aurangabad, also you can visit the great Ellora and Ajanta caves which are very closed to Aurangabad. Even Ellora is enroute to Ghrishneshwar and the auto you’ll hire will take you to ellora also.

    5. Parli Vaijanath is in Beed district in Maharashtra. Parli Vaijanath and Aundha Naganath are in proximity and can be visited same day. For covering these two you need to stay at Nanded (A great pilgrimage centr of Sikhs).

    I am planning to visit Bhimashankar, Parli Vaijanath and Aundha naganath in this October. After coming from there I will be able to give you more info about these places. As you have mentioned that you have been to Bhimashankar, please provide me information about the same.

    Hope the information fulfils your requirements. Be in contact being a devotee of lord shiva.

  • dev says:

    i will go bhimshankara ,plz tell me where stay in last dec,and trimb ji.

  • dev says:

    i will go bhimshankara ,plz tell me where stay in last dec,and trimb ji.stay grishmeshwar.

  • Lakshmy says:

    Dear sir,
    Your narration is very beautiful and your blog is very very informative. I am planning to visit Ujjain and Omkareshwar temples during 1st week of November 2011. I am from Delhi.Please guide me on the following: where should I go first Omkareswar or Mhakaleshwar. I havae booked tickets onward on 1st November and return on 6th November to Ujjain by Nizamudin inter city express . I would like to vizit Dewas also. Will it be possible to cover all places in 5 days. can you kindly chalk out a travel plan so that I can cover maximum places.

    Waiting for your reply
    Regards
    Lakshmy

  • Sanskriti Bhalse says:

    Dear Papa,
    The post was excellent. Narration and Photographs are really amazing. Keep writing on Ghumakkar.

    Thanks.

  • Visited your blog for the first time. Your style of writing is very impressive and the engineer that you are, you have not missed a single detail! My compliments to you. I do not know whether I shall ever be able to visit the 12 Jyotirlingas or Shegaon, however, your blog will certainly give me an insight (and inner view) of the places you visit. Thanks for sharing your experiences through your blog.

  • Mukesh Bhalse says:

    @ Capt. Narendra,

    Dear Sir,
    Thank you very much for your sweet words. It’s not very tough job to visit 12 Jyotirlingas, My best wishes are always with you and if you have a wish to visit you will be definitely able to have darshan of all Jyotirlingas.

    Regards,

    Mukesh

  • Ram says:

    Hello Mr. Mukesh,

    Thanks for the excellent and informative blog. I amfrom Chennai actually planning a trip with my family to Ujjain and omkareshwar sometime next week. From your blog, the Gajanan Maharaj guest house appears to be a good option to stay in Omkareshwar. Is advance reservation available there? Will you be able to provide me with the contact details.

    Thanks

  • Mukesh Bhalse says:

    Mr. Ram,
    Thanks for your sweet words. Well you are most welcome to M.P. religious sector. Undoubtedly Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan is one of the best options to stay in Omkareshwar but they don’t book accommodation in advance, Its on first come first serve basis. In 90% cases rooms are available there, so nothing to worry and you’ll get accommodation there easily, provided it is not an auspicious day of religious importance.
    For any further information on both Omkareshwar & Ujjain please feel free to contact me on [email protected].

    Thanks.

  • narasinga rao says:

    plz send details how to complete two jyotirlinga temples including navagtaha temple with in 2 days. I am planing to go to ujjaini in the month of feb 2012 first week.I am working in railways at odisha state.

  • Mukesh Bhalse says:

    Dear Shri Narasinga Rao,
    Acyually I don’t have any idea about what is your exact plan, e.g. by which train and where (Khandwa or Indore) you are coming first. So it would be difficult for me to suggest you anything on your tour. Please provide me the details of your journey so as to enable me provide you the necesary info.

    Thanks.

  • Rohit says:

    Hi Mukesh,

    Need your help on the Accomodation at Omkareshwar & Ujjain. Can you please provide contact numbers for Shri Gajanan Maharaj Seva Sansthan Guest House at Omkareshwar and Sansathan Guest House at Mahakaleshwar temple Ujjain.

    Regards,
    Rohit

  • Mukesh Bhalse says:

    Rohit,

    Right now I don’t have the phone no. of Shri Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan, And also they don’t book the rooms in advance and they provide accomodation on first come first serve basis so there is no meaning of having their number.

    The details of Mahakaleshwar Ujjain are as follows:

    E-mail : [email protected]
    Telephone : 0734-2550563
    Dharamshala : 0734-2551714
    Website : http://mahakaleshwar.nic.in/

  • M L Narasimharao says:

    I convey my sincere thanks for giving about mahakaleswar temple

  • N K Rao says:

    Mukesh Bhalse Ji,

    We a group of 7 have a plan to visit Ujjain and Omkareswar on 02nd & 3rd Mar-2012. I have called the above number to Ujjain regarding accommodation, they have told that accomodation can be booked in 1 or 2 days in advance. In case I fail to get accommodation, how to manage during the night 10:00 PM along with parents and kids. What is the maximum period for booking accommodation in the Dharamshala. Kindly help.

    Thanking you.

  • Dear Mr. Rao,
    Yes, they book rooms only 1 or 2 days in advance. My suggestion is as you land at Ujjain, take Auto and first go to above Dharmshala, in case there are no rooms vacant, nothing to worry, so many private lodges, hotels and even Dharmshalas are available exactly in front of the Mahakaaleshwar Temple in its close proximity at a very reasonable rate.

    Please feel free to contact for any further help.

    Thanks.

  • N K Rao says:

    Thank you very much for the prompt and Nice reply. I will try to book a Room on 28th/29th Feb’2012. In case failed for booking I will go there and try.

  • Sunil Bhavsar says:

    Dear Mukesh,

    I like your narration and passion on ” Lord Shiva”.

    Will surely read your blog ofr new updates and if planned to visit such places, would definitely contact you.

    with warm regards and Jay Bholenath.

    Sunil Bhavsar
    Gujarat.

  • Congratulations Mukesh on your first 10000 views of your post on Omkareshwar in http://www.ghumakkar.com

    :-)

    • Mukesh Bhalse says:

      Vishal,

      Thank you very much for you keen observation. Even I was not aware of this fact, once again thanks to reveal this fact.

      Thanks.

  • Rajat says:

    Hi Mukesh,

    Do you have any idea of what the Darshan timings are? We are planning to land at Indore around 2pm on Saturday and were wondering if we can do Darshan on the same day.

    Regards,
    Rajat

    • Mukesh Bhalse says:

      Rajat,

      Yes, You can surely have darshan the same day only, Temple remains open from 6.00 AM to 10.00 PM. See, if you are landing at 2 PM you can reach Omkareshwar at 6.00 PM any how. After checking in and getting fresh you’ll be ready by 8.00 PM for temple and at 9.00 PM the shayan aarti gets started. So you can attend this shayan aarti and I assure you attending shayan aarti would be a great experience for you. For any further info. please feel free to contact me on – 07898909043.

      Best of luck.

      Thanks.

  • ramachandrasekaran says:

    hello friends&brethern,
    all very good posts. if any body from north india wishes to visit rameshwaram
    one of the important jyothirlingas ,dhanushkoti where all 3 seas merge they can stay at kanchi mutt
    near to temple&sea o4573/221661 /goswami mutt/agrawal sabha.To dhanush koti they charge around
    750/800 for 4 persons in jeep/matador.

    • Dear Mukesh ,
      You have got very good info on going to Dhanushkodi. When I went Rameswaram I didn’t go to Dhanushkodi because of scarcity of time and charge was too much and we had to change vehicles. Now this info will help if you want to go to Dhanushkodi in a single vehicle.

  • Rajakumar says:

    Dear Shri. Mukesh,

    Thanks for this blog/info.

    Based on this info i visited both Mahakaleswar & Ohmkareswar along with family & relation. I would like to update the info based on my experience.

    Ohmkareshwar:

    1. Accommodation at (1) Mahakal & (2) S N Vyas Dharmshala run by Sansthan could not be booked in the early morning on arrival (from Mumbai at 0730 hrs) as the reception desk is not open at that time. 1000 A M as check out time , one can try after that as most of the yatris leave by morning only after Bshama Arthi/ morning darshan . Their contact nos : 0734-2585873; 0734-2551714.

    2. For booking the Bashma Arthi, ( for next day early morning arthi) the forms are distributed at 1030 -1200 hrs. First u will have to get the form from the counter ( near the main entry to the temple). 4 persons are allowed in a group. The person has to show his Photo ID proof to collect the form. VoterID/ Govt issued IDs/Passports are accepted. Pl note PAN card ID is not accepted. U will have to produce the original and a photo copy at the counter to get the form. If u need pass for more persons suitably carry ID proofs for such group. Normally they issue around 100 forms which allows around 400-500 persons. This is worth trying as it is a one time experience. The passes can be collected in the evening around 1930 hrs. U will have to carry ur original ID proof at all time ; to get the form; to collect the pass & also while entering temple in the morning. Men shd wear dhotis.

    Ohmkareshwar:

    Availed bus from Ujjain to Ohmkareshwar (it takes around 5 hrs). Stayed at
    Shri Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan Bhakt Niwas Omkareshwar. The best place to stay. Got it on arrival.
    U may contact the reception at Phone:- 07280-271204 on arrival at the bus stand.

    Hope this may add as update.
    Once again best wishes to all who intend to visit these places.

    Rajakumar

  • karthik says:

    dear mukesh
    thanks for the wonderful post. I am karthik from bangalore & have done 6 jyotirlingams & also the panch kedar in the himalayas.I was fascinated by omkareshwar & the beauty of narmada & am planning to take my parents along this december. Your blog was really useful & i will look forward to the gajanan maharaj guest house & the evening aarti in Omkareshwar. please continue the good work & keep sharing your travellouge on theblog.
    regards

    • Dear Karthik,
      Thank you very much for your lovely and motivating words and liking my travelogues. Yes Omkareshwar is a place which attracts every bhakt of lord Shiva. Congratulations on completing the yatra of 6 Jyotirlingas.

      Thanks.

  • Chirag says:

    A trip to all shiva devotee 12 jyotirling yatra .

    http://www.honeymoonplannersindia.com/tour_itinerary.php?id=27

    A Jyotirlinga Yatra is believed to be the prime worship for the devotees of Lord Shiva. So, the Jyotirlinga Yatra is associated with the worship of a shrine where Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of a Jyotirlingam which means “Lingam of light” which is the pivot of all the activities on Earth and a major source of energy. According to one the legends Jyotirlinga Yatra helps to attain the salvation and enlightenment as the ‘Lingam of Light’ removes the darkness from the lives and brings happiness, peace and satisfactions to all the human kind. There are 12 Jyotirlinga temples spread all over the country, the southernmost Jyotirlinga Yatra is located at Rameswaram while the northernmost Jyotirlinga Yatra is locate at Kedarnath. Jyotirlinga Yatra is spared in India in totel run about 11000 Km from east to west & north to south covering almost country . It’s itself a blend or mix of pilgrimage & culture of India & very great source & inspiration for those who are searching the Truth (Shiva) can be made to all the 12 destinations of Jyotirlinga temples like Jyotirlinga Yatra to Somnath in Saurashtra (Gujarat), Jyotirlinga Yatra to Mallikarjun in Srisailam (Andhra Pradesh), Jyotirlinga Yatra to Mahakaleshwar in Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh), Omkareshwar in Shivpuri / Amaleswara (Madhya Pradesh), Jyotirlinga Yatra to Vaidyanath in Parali (Maharashtra), Jyotirlinga Yatra to Nageswar in Darukavanam, Jyotirlinga Yatra to Kedareswar in Kedarnath / Himalayas (Uttarakhand), Jyotirlinga Yatra to Tryambakeswar in Nasik (Maharashtra), Jyotirlinga Yatra to Rameshwar in Setubandanam / Rameshwaram (Tamilnadu), Jyotirlinga Yatra to Bhimashankar in Dakini (Maharashtra), Jyotirlinga Yatra to Visweswar in Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) and Jyotirlinga Yatra to Ghrishneswar in Devasrovar (Maharashtra). This is spiritual tour available in three version: 1 . 28 day FAST TRACK {1000 USD- 2* HOTEL} 2 45 Days Standard with en-route major sight-seen visit (2000 USD – 3* HOTEL) 3. 60 Days lord Shiva & Indian culture (3000 USD – 3* HOTEL) A / C COACH & A/C ACCOMMODATION (MINIMUM 6 PAX)

  • amitabh says:

    Dear Sri Mukesh,

    Thanx for vivid information you have provided. I have gone to 7 jyotirlinga and have gone to tryambkeshwar, Bidyanath & mahakaleshwar for more than one time. By Shiva’s blessing we plan to visit tyrambkeshwar & grishneshwar near ellora (2nd visit for me) in Nov-12. Hope to visit the reamining 5 jyotirlinga & Badrinath also in near future.. Om namah shivay !

    • Mukesh Bhalse says:

      Dear Aitabh ji,
      Thank you very much for your lovely comment and sorry for replying late. You are fortunate to have completed 7 Jyotirlingas. May God the almighty make your trip successful. I am also aspiring to visit Kedarnath and Badrinath in near future.

      Thanks again.

  • Sh.Mukesh Bhalseji, Thanks for imp details for Omkareshwer as specially for Bhakt-Nivas.. We visit every year before Deewali, route as Ujjain- Omkareshwer-Maheshwer_Mandu_Ahmedabad/Mumbai. I again appreciate for your guidance to the newly traveling people to Omkareshwer. Actualy, we stay at Narmada Resorts, But next, we will try for Bhakt-Nivas… Good-luck …

  • Uday says:

    Dear Mr.Mukesh,

    Thank you for detailed informations about Mahakal and Omkar including shani temple.
    Few days back we saw in TV sinduri shani temple near Indore . Is it the same?

    Keep writing,God bless you.

    • Mukesh Bhalse says:

      Thanks you very much Mr. Uday for your sweet comment. I don’t know this TV channel but I can say that near Indore this is the only big and remarkable Shani Temple.

      Thanks.

  • N Kameswar Rao says:

    Dear Sri Mukesh,

    Thank you for you nice description. After seeing your blog, we (my family & parents) had been to Om kareswar & Mahakaaleswar Jyotirlingam. With this visit, we have completed 8 Jyotirligams. The remaining 4 are, Bheem sankar, Vaidyanath, Viswanath & Grishneswar. We are planning the rest in 2013. Keep writing regarding new visits.

    N Kameswar Rao
    Rourkela (Odisha)

    • Mukesh Bhalse says:

      Dear Mr. Rao,
      Thank you very much for this encouraging comment. Please receive my heartiest congratulations on completing 8 Jyotirlingams. I Pray god to provide you all the means to complete your remaining four Jyotirlingams as soon as possible. Recently I have completed my 9th (Kashi Vishwanath) and this year planning for Bhimashankar.

      Thanks.

      • N Kameswar Rao says:

        Dear Mukesh Ji,

        I had a plan to vist Kashi Viswanath in last Nov, but due to some problem I had to cancel it in the last moment. KIndly narret your experience on your recent visit in the blog, with details of other visiting places in/nearby kashi.

        Thank you.

        Regards.

  • Naresh Sehgal says:

    Dear Mukesh Sir,
    thanks for nice description .I have planned to visited Omkareshwar and Mahakaleshwar in Dec 2012. I would also like to cover Maheshwar and Indore. Will you please elaborate some must visit places at Maheshwar and Indore and time required to reach by bus
    1. Omkareshwar to Maheshwar
    2. Maheshwar to Indore

    Thanks

  • Mukesh Bhalse says:

    Dear Mr. Naresh,
    First of all thank you very much for your comment. Secondly, Its nice that you have planned to visit these places. In Maheshwar everything worth seeing is located at one place only that is on the Narmada Ghat. The fort of Maheshwar is located just above the ghat, There is a place called Sahastradhaara which can also be visited if time permits.

    In Indore you can see Lal Bag palace and Rajwada and nothing else is worth seeing, Please note that Lal Bag reains closed on Mondays. If you are interested in religious tourism, I suggest you to cover Dewas instead Indore which is only 25 kilometers from Indore.

    Time required to reach by bus from Maheshwar to Indore approx. 3.5 Hours and from Omkareshwar to Maheshwar approx. 2.5 Hours.

    For any other help please feel free to contact me on my cell no. 07898909043.

    Thanks.

  • Naresh Sehgal says:

    Dear Mr. Mukesh Bhalse:Thanks for prompt reply. I could not check the reply earlier as i forget where I have asked the question. The site is also not very user friendly and I am new to this.
    Being a religious person i would like to cover Devas. What is special in this place ?
    Till now I have not visited any religious place outside north India. But i am the regular visitor to Sh. Amarnath Shrine since 2001. Last year I also visited KedarNath and Badrinath ji. Now i have decided to cover the all Jyotirlings in next 3-4 years. So this year have planned to visited Omkareshwar and Mahakaleshwar.

  • Shanthi J prakash says:

    Hi,

    Om Namashivaya.
    We have visited 7 jyothilingams out of 12. and we are planning from Chennai to vist Maha Kaleshwar Ujjain and from Ujjain to Om kareshwar / Mamleshwar and back to Ujjain. Starting on 18th Dec from Chennai and will reach on Ujjain at 9.30 PM on 19th Dec. and we have booked the return ticket from Ujjain to Chennai on 24th Dec . Early morning train at 3.20 AM.

    Can you pl.any one advise me

    1. About the whether conditions ( travelling with my Mother (65 years) and my daughter (11 years) and with my wife Because I head that the temperature will go upto 6 di in the night.

    2. About the accommodation in Ujjain. I planned that first I will go to Mahakaleeshwar ji temple and then to Omkareshwar ji darshan. Can I get accommodation easily at Ujjain near the temple. Problem is our train is reaching in Ujjain at 9.30 pm. Whether it is advisable to travel from station to Temple at that time. & Shall I get the accommodation easily on that time.

    3. 4 full days are enough to see these 2 places.

    Iam little bit confused about this trip, since my return train is early morning 3.00 am from Ujjain.

    Could you pl. suggest.

    Regards

    Jaya prakash

  • Raju says:

    Om Namashivaya.

    Sir, I wish to visit Omkareshwar and Mahakaleshwar during Diwali Vacation. (Myself, Spouse and one child), I have made 2 plans, suggestion awaited from you.

    Plan I

    I wish to travel from Mumbai to Khandwa by train reaching Khandwa at 6.50 a.m.
    From Khandwa I wish to catch a passenger train leaving at 7.20 a.m. to Omkareshwar Road.
    From railway station by bus or auto to Temple. (reaching around 10.30 a.m.) full day and night at Omkareshwar.
    2nd day leave Omkareshwar by bus to Mahakaleshwar – leave around 2.00 p.m. and reach around 7.00 p.m. (Online booking of Bhasma Aaarti would be done)
    3rd day – Morning 4.00 a.m. Bhasma Aarti and Ujjain city tour – leave by 5.55 p.m. train to Mumbai
    Queries – Plan I
    Is the passenger train from Khandwar to Omkareshwar crowded, would ticket be available
    Would Bus/Auto from Omkareshwar station to temple available(Cost?)
    Plan II
    I wish to travel from Mumbai to Ujjan by train reaching Ujjain 7.05 a.m.
    1st Day Ujjain City Tour (online booking of Bhasma Aarti Done)
    2nd Day Morning Bhasma Aarti, leave by bus for Omkareshwar by 8.00 a.m. reaching Omkareshwar by 1.00 p.m.
    2nd Day Omkareshwar half day sightseeing and shayan aarti at night
    3rd Day Local sightseeing and leave by bus for Khandwa around 6.00 p.m. Catch Punjab Mail leaving at 9.45 p.m.
    Queries – Plan II
    Would bus from Ujjain to Omkareshwar available around 8.00 a.m. and what would be cost
    Recommendation with contact nos, if possible – for both plan – Nice place to stay and good food

    Regards.

    Raju

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