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Omkareshwara Jyotirlinga

(Ref: Shiva Purana - Koti Rudra Samhita - 18)

Shiva Omkareshwar JyotirlingaMeditation: I meditate on the penance of Vindhya Mountain worshipping Lord Shiva at Omkareshwara to become higher; and appearance of Lord Shiva (Omkareshwara) granting him the boon.

Narada worships Shiva at Vindhya mountain: Once Narada worshipped the Shiva Linga at Gokarna with great devotion. Then he went to Vindhya mountain and worshipped Shiva there.

Narada quells the pride of Vindhya mountain: The Vindhya mountain appeared before Narada thinking with pride that he possessed everything and does not have any deficiency. To dispel his pride Narada told him that Sumeru mountain was higher than him and is considered as god. Vindhya mountain was pained hearing this, and he decided to perform penance worshipping Lord Shiva.

Vindhya mountain performs tapas at Omkareshwar: He went to Omkareshwar and constructed a Parthiva Linga. He worshipped Lord Shiva for six months uninterruptedly at the same place.

Shiva gives boon to Vindhya mountain: Shiva was pleased with his tapas, appeared before him and told him to ask for a boon. Vindhya mountain asked for the buddhi to accomplish his task. Shiva thought that Vindhya mountain will use the boon for his own purpose causing harm to others, so how can the boon be made beneficial to others. Shiva however gave the best boon that the Vindhya mountain could do whatever he liked.

Shiva abides in the Linga at Omkareshwar: At that time the devas and sages came there and worshipped Shankara. They requested Shiva to stay there for the welfare of all. The earlier Linga named Omkara became of two forms. Shiva abided in the Omkara Linga and came to be known as Omkara Shiva (Omkareshwara Jyotirlinga). Shiva also abided in the Parthiva Linga and came to be known as Parameshwara (Omkareshwara Jyotirlinga). Both the Lingas fulfill the desires of the devotees and bestows prosperity and salvation. Whoever worships Shiva does not have to be reborn again from the womb of a mother.

Pilgrimage: Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga, Khandwa district, Madhya Pradesh Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga, Khandwa district, Madhya Pradesh Omkareshwara Jyotirlinga is identified with Omkareshwar temple in Omkareshwar, in the Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh.

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