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Tīrtha and Tīrthayātrā: Omkareshwar
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Omkareshwar-Mandhata is an island in the river Narmadā, situated on the northern fringe of the present-day Khandwa (formerly East Nimar) district of Madhya Pradesh at approximately 22°15' north latitude and 76°9' east longitude (fig. 1). Together with the village of Godarpura, which lies immediately opposite the island on the south bank of the river Narmadā, it currently represents the most important Hindu pilgrimage center in the Narmadā Valley, as the place is famous for the Oṃkāreśvara liṅga, one of the celebrated 12 jyotirliṅgas, to which the place owes its modern name.

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Neuß, Jürgen, “Tīrtha and Tīrthayātrā: Omkareshwar”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 29 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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