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Mamaleshwar Temple

Description :-

The Mamaleshwar Temple (also known as Amareshwar Temple) enshrines the second half of the Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga as mentioned in the Puranas. Mammaleshwar Temple is located on the banks from where one takes the ferry to Omkar Mandhata Temple. One is the Omkareshwar which portrays the name of "Creator of 'OM' sound / word" whereas the other is the Amareshwar, which portrays the name describing "immortal lord" or "lord of the immortals". In spite of the Omkareshwar Temple being famous for the Jyotirlinga, some devotees believe that that Mamaleshwar holds the actual Jyotirlinga while some believe that both are the two parts of one and the same linga.

The Mamaleshwar Temple is a protected site with remarkable stone architectural designs. It is a temple with a hall and a sanctum, inspiring the devotees with its absolute serenity. Dedicated to lord Shiva, the sanctum of the temple is adorned with a pretty Shiva Linga at the centre. Like all other Mahadev temples, the Nandi Bull guards the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. An idol of Goddess Parvati is located on the backside of the Shiva Linga, in the wall. The wall of the temple is inscripted with the Shiv Mahima Stotra dating back to 1063 A.D.  There are also several other temples of Lord Shiva around the main temple of Mamaleswar. It is a holy shrine where large number of devotees often frequents.

Greatness of Mamaleshwar temple is described in the Shiva Purana and it is believed that the deity in this temple and one that found in the Mandhata temple is one and same. This temple holds equal importance as to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple of Varanasi. Before entering in the temple, the devotees have to take a dip in the Narmada.

Another interesting allure in the temple is that premises of the temple is inhabited by a large number of monkeys that seldom attack the devotees. During the Maha Shivaratri celebrations, the precincts of the temple are filled with Shiva devotees who celebrate the night with much frolic and fervour.

Most devotees do a sanctimonious parikrama of the Omkareshwar Kshetra. The route of the parikrama starts from the Ghats of the Omkareshwar Temple, covers a hill and ends at the Shri Govinda Bhagawadpada Cave. Some of the attractions along the parikrama, are the Kedareshwar Temple, riverside ashrams, Krishna Temple and the Gauri Somnath Temple.

Special Lingarchan Puja

Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar of the of the Holkar Dynasty had special inclination to the Bhakti of Shiva.  During her regime, she arranged payment from her exchaqure for 22 Brahmin Poojaris to perform the Special Lingarchan Puja.  Each Brahmin Poojari was provided with wooden board consisting 1300 little holes and in each hole, they put miniature clay lingas representing Lord Shiva.  In this way, 28600 lingas were manufactured and worshipped during the Lingarchan Poooja.  Once the pooja was finished the Lingas used in the pooja were submerged in to the Narmada River. In the early part of the 20th century the number of Brahmins was reduced to 11 and at presen only 5 Brahmins are performing this Special Pooja.

Parthiv Pooja

Parthiv Pooja is the routine Shiv Pooja being performed at Mamaleshwar Temple.  It is performed on daily basis since the regieme of Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar. The Khasgi Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Charities Trust is still bearing the expenses of the routine Parthiv Pooja of the Temple.