Mamleshwar Temple, one of the twelve Jyotirlinga temples of Lord Shiva, is located on the naturally ‘Om shaped’ island of Mandhata or Shivpuri, on the banks of river Narmada in Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh, India. Mamaleshwar temple also known as Amareshwar temple in ancient times, here Amareshwar means Lord of immortal, which is located on the south bank of river Narmada, opposite the Omkareshwar temple. Mamleshwar temple is believed to be here for thousands of years and is mentioned in various sacred texts of Sanatan Dharma, the present structure of the ancient temple was built in the 10th century. It is highly famous across India for its majestic architecture, and history and mainly due to Jyotirlinga.
Mamleshwar Jyotirlinga is another important temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, located in the ancient town of Maheshwar in Madhya Pradesh, India. The temple has a rich history dating back to ancient times, and there are several legends associated with it.
According to one legend, once upon a time, there was a demon named Raktavija who had a boon that he could reproduce himself every time a drop of his blood fell to the ground. The demon wreaked havoc in the world, and the Devas (celestial beings) were unable to defeat him. They sought the help of Lord Shiva, who appeared on the scene and consumed the demon’s blood before it could fall to the ground. This act destroyed the demon, and the Devas were able to regain control of the world. The spot where Lord Shiva consumed the demon’s blood is believed to be the site of the Mamleshwar Jyotirlinga temple.
Another legend says that once upon a time, there was a great king named Sahasrarjun who ruled over the kingdom of Mahishmati. He was a devout follower of Lord Shiva and performed severe penance to please the Lord. Pleased with the king’s devotion, Lord Shiva appeared before him and blessed him with a boon. The king asked the Lord to reside in his kingdom, and Lord Shiva granted his wish by manifesting as the Mamleshwar Jyotirlinga.
The temple complex of Mamleshwar Jyotirlinga comprises several shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, including the main shrine of Mamleshwar, which is considered to be the Jyotirlinga. The temple has undergone several renovations and restorations over the years, and it is considered to be an important pilgrimage site for devotees of Lord Shiva.
The town of Maheshwar, where the temple is located, is also famous for its handloom sarees and other textiles. The town has a rich history and cultural heritage, and it is a popular tourist destination in Madhya Pradesh.
Importance of Mamleshwar Mandir
Jyotirlinga Mamleshwar, Omkareshwar is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is also popularly called Amreshwar Temple. The temple is located on the banks of the Narmada river in Madhya Pradesh. A visit to the Jyotirlinga Mamleshwar, Omkareshwar is incomplete without a Parikrama around the Om-shaped island in the Narmada river. It is believed that even Shri Ram performed the Rudrabhishek Puja of Parthiv Shivalinga here before going to war against Ravana. In order to be more powerful than Surya Dev, Shani Dev also performed the Rudrabhishek Puja of Parthiv Shivalinga here to please Lord Shiva.
There are various legends associated with Jyotirlinga Mamleshwar. According to one legend, the Pandavas built a Shiva Lingam during their exile in the Mahabharata era. That Lingam is known as Mamleshwar. Another popular belief is that the existence of Mamleshwar Jyotirlinga can be connected to the Vedic times when Lord Shiva was extremely pleased by the penance of the Vindya, the God of Vindhyachal. Therefore, he manifested himself as a Jyotirlinga in Omkareshwar. Seeing the huge crowds of Devotees and Sages who came to get a glimpse of him, Lord Shiva split himself into two, on either side of the Narmada river. One Jyotirlinga came to be known as Omkareshwar, located on the Mandhata island while the other came to be known as Mamleshwar situated on the mainland of Omkareshwar. If Omkareshwar is the soul of Shiva, then Mamaleshwar is the body of Shiva, together they are Jyotirlinga.
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