Lord Shiva in the form of Lord Omkareshwar, is the Lord of Omkaara or the Lord of "Om Sound". "Om" is not just a sound of vibration or symbol. It denotes an entire cosmic world, a mystic cosmic energy mediate through pure intension, raises your heart and soul to the supreme power Lord Omkareshwar. He is the base of all creations and all the beings of the universe. Om and Lord Omkareshwar has got a great spiritual importance offering great aesthetic power of supreme. The temple is located in an island on the banks of Naramada and Kaveri. In Ancient time, the temple was also called as "Mandhata" or Shivapuri" or Omkaraeshwar, denotes the river line island of Naramada river in Kandhawa District, Madhya Pradesh. The name "Om" is due to the shape of the island, has secured the name as "Omkareshwar". This temple happens to be in the midway between Amarkantak the feed of Narmada River and its final destination of Arabian Sea.
Legacy Of The Lord Omkareshwar
The spiritual word "Om" is said to be the divine root of the emergence of the Universe. Once Legend Vindya, the deity of Vindyachal mountain, created a sacred geometrical diagram with a Lingam made of sand and clay while worshipping Lord Shiva. The supreme Lord Shiva was so pleased with that worship, appeared in two forms. One is Lord Omkareshwar and other one is Lord Amaleswara and both has dedicated temple of worship in the island. It is dated 5500 years back, this island was inhabited as per ancient scriptures.
Another Legend "Ikshvaku" clan, the King Mandhata once ruling the island was an antecessors of Lord Rama, who made the whole island sparkling with gems. Out of curiosity, Lord Narada, an admirable celestial sage, raised his doubts with Lord Shiva about this awesome appearance of the island. Lord Shiva have replied him that Satyuga the island is blessed with Gem, Treta Yuga is blessed with mountain of gold, Dwapur Yuga will enrich with Copper and Kaliyuga will decline in the appearance and would be made of rock. King Mandhata worshipped Lord Shiva in this island until the Lord appeared as Jyotirlinga and King Mandhata has two sons by name Ambarish and Muchukunda, who did strict penance and austerities to please Lord Shiva and this island was named after the King as "Mandhata".
Another Legacy is that once there was a terrible war between Devas (gods) and Demons (Danavas), and demons kept winning the devas. It was a great dominance by demons and was stopping all efforts of devas to carry out their divine routines. Devas worshipped Lord Shiva to clear this demonic forces and was pleased by the prayers, Lord Shiva appeared in the form of Lord Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga and destroyed the demons "Danavas", restored truth of existence and dharma. This place of worship where Adi Sankaracharya, the philosopher and theologian met his guru Govindapada, in a cave and the cave is still in existence, even today.
Kaverika Narmadayoh Pavitre Samagame Sajjana Taranaya |
Sadaiva Mandhatripure Vasantamonkaramisham Shivamekamide ||
He is the Lord, one who is the savior of the good people and the great Lord, who always resides at the holy confluence of River Kaveri and Naramada, is none other Lord Omkareshwar, is a Jyotirlinga.
1. The Mandata island is built in a sacred form of shape "Om", is said to be a natural Linga.
2. The island in surrounded by water of Narmada and Kaveri, Gram lentils are offered to Lord Mahadev, to clear the sins and problems in life.
3. The glory and auspiciousness of Omkareshwar is mentioned in Skanda Purana, Shiv Purana, Vayu Purana of different ages.
4. Lord Shiva appeared in the form of Omkar and Yayawar, comes here daily to this island, after visiting all the three worlds, to take rest. Hence Sleeping Puja Aarti and Sleeping traditions are important in this temple.
5. The word Omkar was spelt from the mouth of the creator Lord Brahma, so recitation of any Veda is not complete without the word "Om".
6. This island is so auspicious and said to be 33 crores of deities abodes in this sacred area, alongwith Lord Omkar.
Lord Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Homam - Bless Treasures of the world, Wealth and Material Gain, Relieve from Navagraha Doshas, Bless Long Life
Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Homam has very special significance performing "Maha Rudrabhishek", which takes place by reciting the sacred mantras of Rigveda, Samaveda, Yujurveda and Atharva Veda in front of Lord Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga. The sacred mantras has spiritual power encompassing all aspects of life. The Vedas of sacred mantras which form the highest forms of worship which includes wisdom, knowledge and vision and reach the ears of Lord Omkareshwar through human representation . In this auspicious Homam "Laghu Rudrabhishekham" is also performed offering to Lord Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Panchamarit Abishekam, and recite powerful mantras chanting Sri Rudram of Taitriya Samhita, noted as the greatest of Mantras, chanting 300 Names of Lord Shiva. Followed by "Namakam and Chamakam", a chant to admire Lord Omakareshawar Jyotirlinga, honoring and praising the appearance of Lord Shiva with quality and characteristics attributes. Chanting Sri Rudram invokes the blessings of Lord Omakarashwar for good health, suitable family bondages and suitable life partner, get rid of financial crisis in life, get rid of malefic effects of moon, relieve from ill-effects, bestow with overall growth in life and spiritual upliftment. The sacred "Laghu Rudrabhishekam" is a very auspicious ritual to wash away negative karma and evil effects, gain protection from the various positive powers in the universe. Through this auspicious homam the Lord blesses healthy well-being, relieve you from disease and fear of death, bestow joy, happiness, gain unending prosperity.