Witness an awesome road trip near Indore to Okhleshwar. One can rest and rejuvenate with nature on spacious green grounds. Scenery changes from hillocks to forest and further into plains. The spot is a god send for painters, who want to capture nature in all its beauty.
For all those who are not comfortable with dining in dhabas, these spots are perfect for home-cooked meals. Lush green grass and potpourri leaves’ aroma makes it a magnificent spot for photography and picnic amidst nature.
There are no proper restaurants on the way, so do carry food items.
It is advisable to carry bottles of water.
For those, who like dhaba food, there is a good joint at the end of Bherughat. If you’re lucky, you might catch sight of hundreds of monkeys, at around 11 am or 5 pm. The restaurant prepares 160 chapatis for monkeys, every day.
For corn lovers, you can find Indian and American variety of corn on the way.
MYTHOLOGICAL BELIEF OF THE TEMPLE!!
Okhleshwar Mahadev also known as Akhileshwar temple is located in Okhla village and situated on the banks of the river Kanad. It is a 50 km run from Indore city. Okhleshwar Mahadev, witnesses of the Dwapar era. The testimony of this temple to Dwapara Yuga is confirmed by the manuscript inscribed on the door. Once you reach there, you can witness it yourself.
To reach Okhleshwar Mahadev, one has to first reach the Shani temple situated on Khandwa Road. From there, you need to travel a 17 km of jungle route which can be easily reached from the vehicle and then you can reach Okhleshwar. The road trip to reach okhleshwar Indore is very amusing.
The Temple priest Gautam Parikh explains that the temple is built in the Dwapar era, which is confirmed by the manuscript inscribed at the entrance of the temple. It is stated that this temple is probably built by the great Pandavas. In the month of Shravan, pilgrimages visit the holy place for the bell leaf and Rudrabhishek of Shivling.
Another temple situated in the same complex is of Lord Hanuman, it is undergoing renovation. It has a Shiva ling in the hand of the statue of Virajit Hanuman which is possibly the only temple in the world and therefore this temple is also called as Okhleshwar Hanuman Mandir.
It is believed that it was established by Lord Rama while Lord Hanuman stayed there for a period time for the Shivling, the same is also mentioned in the Ramcharitmanas and Narmada Purana. Chola is offered here in the Rohini Nakshatra and Ramayana is being continuously recited here for the last 40 years.