Omkareshwar is a Hindu temple in the Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh state in India. It is on an island called Mandhata or Shivapuri in the Narmada river. It is one of the 12 revered Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. It is about 12 miles (20 km) fromMortakka in Madhya Pradesh. The shape of the island is said to be like the HinduOm symbol. There are two temples here, one to Omkareshwar (whose name means "Lord of Omkaara or the Lord of the Om Sound") and one to Amareshwar (whose name means "Immortal lord" or "lord of the Immortals or Devas").
Omkareshwar is formed by the sacred river Narmada. This is one of the most sacred of rivers in India and is now home to one of the world's biggest dam projects.While traveling from Khandwa to Omkareshwar, on the left side of road in the outskirts of Khandwa you can see the memorial to the celebrated singer, Kishore Kumar.
Omkareshwar Project is a multipurpose project with an installed capacity of 520 MW with designed annual energy generation of 1166 million units in initial stage and annual irrigation of 2.83 Lac. Ha on a culturable Command Area (CCA) of 1.47 Lac. Ha. Total Catchment Area at the Dam site is 64880 sq.km. Generation of power at Omkareshwar Project is directly related to the regulated release of water from Indira Sagar Project, hence it is one of the beneficiary project of Indira Sagar Project. Project has been commissioned in November 2007.
|Location||Khandwa District of Madhya Pradesh|
|Approach||77 Kms. from Indore|
|Capacity||520 MW (8 x 65 MW)|
|Annual Generation||1166 MUs (90% dependable year.)|
|Project Cost||Rs.2224.74 Crore (Nov. 2002 price level)|
|Beneficiary States||Madhya Predesh|
|Year of Commissioning/Completion Schedule||2007|
- 949m long Concrete Gravity Dam, 53m high from the deepest foundation level.
- 171.5m long H.R.C. and 145m long T.R.C.
- A surface Power House to accommodate 8 units of 65 MW each.