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Day 2 July 8 2011 Friday
Next day my wife, father in law and I woke up at 4.30 am and after the bath we were on the way to do parikarama of Omkareshwar island . We were behind schedule on this because this was planned on first day itself . Island Omkareshwar Parikrama has a lot of significance.
As per Hindu mythology, walking around any sources of positive energy would proffer one with the same positive energy. So from time immemorial, walking around in a clockwise direction of something, which has positive energy, is a well-acclaimed practice.
The importance of Omkareshwar lies not just in its temples, but in the island itself. The island is a hilly area, and resembles the Hindu symbol “Om” (`) when viewed from above. This not only gives the island the name “Omkareshwar’, but this is what has drawn holy men to this site from time immemorial. Over the ages, so many temples were built on the island that at some point in time, a circum ambulation of the whole island gained fame and was performed by many as an offering to the lord. Known as the Omkareshwar Parikrama, this circum ambulation covered all the temples on the island, and was considered part of the pilgrimage to Omkareshwar.
The popular belief is that circumambulating the sacred temple of Omkareshwar would fetch boons and wipe out all the sins of those who had undertaken such parikrama. Apart from the jyothirlinga, the presence of holy river Narmada adds the parikrama a worthy affair. Narmada is believed to be the daughter of Lord Shiva and regarded as the purest of all other rivers. Since it is a customary practice of a Shiva devotee to take a parikrama of Narmada.
Omkareshwar is situated on the holy banks of this sacred river and hence walking around the shrine would proffer dual benefits to the devotee. It is rather a testamentary custom than an alluring attraction. Most of the people who prefer a parikrama here at Omkareshwar would definitely give preference to its religious aspect than the scenic ambiance through which they walks around.
Apart from its spiritual facets, Omkareshwar parikrama would provide an enthralling experience with its picturesque settings.
Also Our Sanatana Dharma Jagadguru Shri Adi Shankaracharya had done parikrama here and while doing parikrama he met his Guru Govinda Bhagwadpada.
Omkareshwar parikrama starts with darshan of the main deity jyotirlinga in the island temple and ends there itself after revolving around the island in clockwise direction . The total length is around 5 – 6 kms .
Let see the pics now.
We started our parikrama at 5.40 after having darshan of Lord.
Then after around thirty minutes we reached triveni sangam at one end of the island where Kaveri from right meets Narmada from left , Saraswati being invisible. Here at the junction the flow of Narmada was calm and still , but Kaveri was superfast and violent. As you can see behind me the sangam where Narmada is on left calm. Kaveri just behind my right shoulder is rough.
Here we had bath. It is mandatory while doing parikrama or you can just sprinkle water on your body. Be very careful while taking bath check the flow. I didn’t jump in the river to bath. I just went on the sangam Bank and took bottle and had bath.
Here while checking the flow of water and bathing we gave 30 mins.At this point your 20 % of parikrama is over.
Just after completing bath in Triveni we come to Rann Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple. Here you have offer chana dal ( yellow gram ) to Lord Shiva . This will clear all your debts you have and bless you with freedom.
After visiting this temple we started climbing this mountain and we started losing sight of Maa Narmada gradually.
Then we come across Radha Krishna temple. At this point I can say that around 35 % parikrama is over.
See the house of the rishi . All houses of rishis you will find will be made of wood and dry grass.they wont use cement , typically natural.
Then we have climb little bit from here and reach GORI SOMNATH Temple. People here say that it is called GORI Somnath because the ling was white in colour before and it turned black after Aurangzeb saw it. At GORI SOMNATH we are on highest peak of the mountain and exactly half way.
Then we come across very large sleeping hanuman near Gori Somnath Temple. (atleast 8 feet)
Then we come across Shri Raj Rajeshwari Seva Sansthan Trust where they have made a large temple below a huge Lord Shiva statue. This statue is even bigger than one at Nageshwar. Here we get free Prasad ( food) .
Again a very old temple. Then after this we have to climb lot of steps downwards and immediately upwards.
On the whole parikrama path we can see entire 800 slokas of Bhagwad Gita engraved on the stones by MP Govt.
The we come across Siddhnath Mahadev Temple extremely ancient, decorative and I feel it should be declared as heritage. Must Watch.
Finally we came down and from last temple on Parikrama path I took the picture of Narmada river . Very sad to see such a sight due to dam the original beauty has vanished.
After we Reached Omkareshwar temple Had darshan and went to our Hotel . The time was 8.40 am . It took exactly three hours with half an hour at triveni sangam. I think if done with no time waste this can be completed within 2.5 hours.
We then left for UJJAIN at 11.30 direct bus . Also there is one more direct bus at 4.30 pm to UJJAIN.
We Reached UJJAIN at 4.30 pm and stayed at Mahakaleshwar Dharamshala. And I would take you to Ujjain in my next post.
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