Mamaleswar is one of the 12 jyothir lingamas. It is present on the opposite bank of Narmada River to Omkareswar temple. Although Omkareswar was famous temple, Mamaleswar is the actual Jyotir lingam.
About the Temple
There are two main temples of Lord Shiva here, one to Omkareswar (Lord of “Om” Sound) located in the island and one to Amareswar (lord of the Immortals) located on the south bank of Narmada River on the mainland. As per the sloka on dwadash jyotirligam, Mamleshwar the other name of Amareswar is the jyotir lingam, nonetheless, many consider both Omkareswar and Mamleshwar equally sacred and representative of jyotir lingam at this sacred place.
Mamaleswar temple is a very old temple. After stepping down in Omkareswar Bus stand, there is a straight road to Narmada River. After taking a holy dip in Narmada River we have to climb some steps up to reach Mamaleswar temple. The way is fully occupied by stalls selling Bilwa patras, flowers, and sweet packets used as offerings to Lord Parameshwar. Near temple you can see some Pandas, performing Pardhiva Shiva linga puja. They will do Sahasra linga puja that is worship of 1000 Shiva lingas. This is famous in Omkareswar. They plant 1000 Shiva lingas on a wooden board and perform puja. Mamaleswar temple is not a big one. There is a hall and a sanctum. Lord Shiva is present in the centre of sanctum. We can touch Mamaleswar jyotir lingam and anoint Shiva by ourselves. Idol of Goddess Parvathi is present on the backside of Shiva ling in the wall. There are many small temples of Lord Shiva around main temple of Mamaleswar.
Legend and Stories
Once upon a time, when Narada Muni told Mount Vindhya about greatness of Mount Meru, he felt jealous and wanted to become greater than him. Thus, he undertook severe penance for Lord Shiva to respond. Lord Shiva was pleased, appeared and gave Mount Vindhya what he wanted. He split Himself into two- Omkareswara and Mamleshwar.
Another story tells about the sons of King Mandhata of Sun dynasty - Ambarish and Machkund undertook severe penance and austerities which pleased Lord Shiva and since then the mountain where they prayed to the Lord came to be known as Mandhata, while Lord Shiva remained here in the form of Shiva Lingam.
Indore is the nearest Airport
Omkareswar road is the nearest Railway station. It is at 15 km distance from Omkareswar.
Mamaleswar is well connected by road. There are many buses plying from Indore. The bus station is about 2 km from temple.
Amareswara Temple (Mamleshwar)
District Khandwa, Tehasil Punasa,
Pin code – 450554,
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.
The temple is open from 05:00 am to 7:00 pm.