the sacred island, shaped like the holiest of all Hindu symbols,
'Om', has drawn to it hundreds of generations of pilgrims. Here, at
the confluence of the rivers Narmada and Kaveri, the devout gather
to kneel before the Jyotirlinga (one of the twelve throughout India)
at the temple of Shri Omkar Mandhata. And here, as in so many
of Madhya Pradesh's sacred shrines, the works of Nature complement
those of man to provide a setting awe-inspiring in its magnificence.
The island comprises
two lofty hills and is divided by a valley in such a way that it
appears in the shape of the sacred Hindu symbol 'Om' from above.
Between the precipitous hills of the Vindhya on the North and the
Satpura on the South, the Narmada forms a deep silent pool which in
former times was full of alligators and fish, so tame as to take
grain from human hand. This pool is 270 ft below the cantilever type
bridge constructed in 1979. The bridge has enhanced the scenic
beauty of the place, making it look exceedingly picturesque.
Each of Mandu's
structures is an architectural gem; some are outstanding like the
massive Jami Masjid and Hoshang Shah's tomb, which provided
inspiration to the master builders of the Taj Mahal centuries later.
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