Gauri Somnath Temple
At a distance of 1 km from Omkareshwar Temple, and 2 km from Omkareshwar Bus Station, Gauri Somnath Temple is a revered Hindu shrine located on Mandhata Island in Omkareshwar, Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the biggest temples in Omkareshwar, and among the best places to visit during Omkareshwar Trip.
Located on Omkar Parikramapath, Gauri Somnath Temple is believed to have been built in the 11th century AD and is one of several shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva in Omkareshwar. The temple is very well known for its huge Shivlinga and statue of Nandi. Legend says that the temple lingam had the ability to show future births until it was damaged by Emperor Aurangzeb, after which the powers were lost forever. Also, no one apart from an uncle and nephew pair can touch their hands while embracing the lingam from opposite ends.
Gauri Somnath Temple has been constructed in the Bhumji style of architecture. The temple has three storeys and has the shape of a peahen. With its rising curvilinear tower and high platform, the temple has a striking resemblance to the Khajuraho temples. The sanctum sanctorum houses a gigantic six feet tall shiv linga made of a black stone with a shiny black texture. There is a sitting Nandi(Scared bull) of similar stone outside. Also, one can find the idol of Goddess Parvati, consort of Shiva, behind the linga. Visitors have to climb 200+ stairs, arising from the ghat, to reach the temple.
Timings: 5 AM - 6 PM