Omkareshwar Temple


Omkareshwar temple of Pune is a 17th century Partvati temple, known for its endurance during the floods of Panshet in 1962. The Omkareshwar temple is known for its extraordinary construct and its extravagant style.

The Omkareshwar temple of Pune was constructed on the banks of Mutha river during the tenure of Sadashiv Bhau. The temple dates back 250 years from now, and provides an exotic view with its columns and architectural design. The temple has an old world charm of ancient India, i.e. the Omkareshwar temple of the 17th century is reminiscent of the art and architecture prevalent in India during that point of time

The white dome of the Omkareshwar temple of Pune is made of soft soap stone displaying intricate carvings on the upper portions, as well as on the stone roof of the temple. The shrine is surrounded by verandas with columns. These columns are carved in circles, polygons and squares. The tower or Shikhar of the Omkareshwar temple at Pune is built in Nagara style and consists of 5 distinct layers, each representing the image of a different Hindu God.

Omkareshwar is one of the many names of the Hindu Lord, Shiva. Lord Shiva is one of the three main deities in Hindu mythology: Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh (another name of Lord Shiva). Myth says that Lord Shiva had to drink a tumbler full of poison to save the plight of mankind. Thus, Lord Shiva occupies a very distinct position in Hindu theology.

The religious place contains two renowned 'Shivalayas' namely Amruteshwar and Omkareshwar Shivalays. 'Shivalaya' means the abode of Lord Shiva, and in these Shivalayas one can come across a 'Shiva Linga' which is worshiped by the devotees for their prosperity.

So, if one wants to now more about Lord Shiva and his abode, one should come to Pune and visit the Omkareshwar temple-the holy shrine of Lord Shiva.



Last Updated on : 23 May 2013

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