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Omkareshwara Jyotirlinga

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

Shiva Omkareshwar JyotirlingaMeditation: I meditate on the Omkareshwara Jyotirlinga at Omkareshwara where Vindhya Mountain performed penance to get the power to become higher. Lord Shiva appeared before him and granted the boon.

Vindhya mountain performing penance: Once Narada worships the Shiva Linga at Gokarna with great devotion. Then he goes to Vindhya mountain and worships Shiva there. The Vindhya mountain appears before Narada thinking with pride that he possessed everything and does not have any deficiency. To dispel his pride Narada tells him that Sumeru mountain was higher than him and is considered as god. Vindhya mountain was pained hearing this, and decides to perform penance worshipping Lord Shiva. He goes to Omkareshwara and constructs a Parthiva Linga. He worships Lord Shiva for six months uninterruptedly at the same place.

Lord Shiva appearing before Vindhya mountain: Shiva becomes pleased with his tapas, appears before him and tells him to ask for a boon. Vindhya mountain asks for the buddhi to accomplish his task. Shiva thinks 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 gives the best boon that the Vindhya mountain could do whatever he liked. At that time the devas and sages come there and worships Shankara. They request Shiva to stay there for the welfare of all. The earlier Linga named Omkara becomes of two forms. Shiva abiding in the Omkara Linga becomes known as Omkara Shiva (Omkareshwara Jyotirlinga). Shiva abiding in the Parthiva Linga becomes 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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