Omkareshwar Temple, Khandwa district, Madhya Pradesh According to legend, God of Vindhya mountain range God Vindhya was worshiping Shiva to get rid of his sins. He made this diagram for worship and Shiva Ling from the sandy soil.
Shiva Ji was very pleased with his worship and appeared in two forms Omkareshwar and Amaleshwar. Ling made of sand and soil looked like Om, so that island was known as Omkareshwar.
Omkareshwar island is situated between the holy river the Narmada and in the Shiva temple idols of Mata Parvati and Punch Mukhi Ganapati Ji can be seen.
According to another story, King Mandhata of Ikshwaku dynasty, a dynasty of Lord Rama, worshiped Shiva here. Pleased with them, Shiva himself appeared in the form of Jyotirlinga and hence the name of the mountain became Mandhata Omkareshwar is also called the place where Shri Adi Shankaracharya met his Guru Govindapad in a cave.
This cave is still right down to the temple of Omkareshwar and here the statue of Adi Shankaracharya has been established. There are two main temples of Lord Shiva in Omkareshwar, one Omkareshwar, which is situated on Omnameswar Island on the Mandhata mountain and an Amaleshwar is situated on the mainland on the southern bank of river Narmada.