Omkareshwar: Omkareshwar has a gorgeous idyllic setting. The sacred island, shaped like the holiest of all Hindu symbols, ‘Om’, has drawn hundreds of generations of pilgrims. Here, at the confluence of the rivers Narmada and Kaveri, the devout have gathered to kneel before the Jyotirlingham (one of the twelve throughout India) at the temple of Shri Omkar Mandhata. The work of Nature complements those of man to provide a setting awe-inspiring in its magnificence. The temple is a huge imposing stone structure with the inner sanctum deep inside. The construction itself is without any cement with beautiful carvings on the support structure.
And what a glorious sight, with the Narmada splashing along her rocky course and the Kaveri tumbling forward in adolescent glee from either side. "They flow in their own individual vastness, and then merge into that mysterious Oneness". Adi Shankara lived and practiced here.
Shri Omkar Mandhata Temple which stands on a one mile long, half mile wide island formed by the fork of the Narmada. The soft stone of which it was constructed has lent its pliable surface to a rare degree of detailed work, of which the frieze figures on the upper portion is the most striking with the stone roof of the temple being intricately carved also. Encircling the shrine are verandahs with columns which are carved in circles, polygons and squares.
Siddhnath Temple is a fine example of early medieval Brahminic architecture. Its unique feature is a frieze of elephant carved upon a stone slab at its outer perimeter.
The 24 Avatars are a cluster of Hindu and Jain temples, remarkable for their skillful use of varied architectural modes.