Omkareshwar-the Divine Beyond Time and Space

  • By Dr Sampadananda Mishra
  • October 16, 2023
  • @sampadananda
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Ekatmata Ki Pratima.(Statue of Oneness) Omkareshwar
  • Experience during author’s recent visit to Omkareshwar. 

In the heart of Bharat, situated on the banks of the sacred Narmada River, lies the mystical town of Omkareshwar. This is home to one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, a revered pilgrimage site for all of us - the Hindus. I recently had the privilege of visiting this remarkable place, and it left an indelible mark on my soul. My journey to Omkareshwar, following a visit to the Mahakala temple in Ujjain, was a very enriching experience that connected me with the spiritual force that can make the impossible possible.

Ma Narmada, Omkareshwar. 2018. 

One cannot speak of Omkareshwar without acknowledging the Mother Narmada. The very presence of Maa Narmada is palpable here, and it is said that taking a dip in its holy waters washes away one's impurities. I could feel the purity of this sacred river, which adds to the sanctity of the place.

 

Omkareshwar, the Jyotirlinga, represents the divine power of Bhagavan Shiva. The intensity of its presence is unmistakable. As I stood in front of the temple, I was overwhelmed by the spiritual energy that seemed to emanate from it. 

Statue of Oneness, Sankaracharya. Pic by Omkar Verma. 

My trip to Omkareshwar was part of my participation in the unveiling ceremony of the 108-feet statue of Shankaracharya at Ekatma Dham, situated just above the Omkareshwar hills. This monumental event added another layer of significance to my spiritual journey. The statue of Shankaracharya, a revered philosopher and theologian, symbolizes the essence of Advaita Vedanta, the philosophy of non-duality. It was a humbling experience to be part of this historic event, where spirituality and culture converged.

Om, the primordial sound, is the essence of Omkareshwar. Meditating on this sacred sound opens the gateway to divine blessings. Through Omkara Sadhana, one prepares one's consciousness for union with Bhagavan, a journey of self-discovery and spiritual awakening.

 

One more aspect that left me in awe was the architecture of the Omkareshwar temple. The fact that this intricate structure was built in a time when access to this remote location was far from easy is astonishing. It's a testament to the unwavering dedication and determination of those who built it. The spiritual force that drove them transcended all physical obstacles.

Sadhu at Omakareshwar.  

During my visit, I had the privilege of meeting sadhus and fellow spiritual seekers. Sharing experiences and insights in a place vibrating with spiritual energy was deeply fulfilling. It reinforced the idea that spirituality knows no boundaries and brings people from diverse backgrounds together in their quest for the divine.

 

Indeed, my journey to Omkareshwar was an enriching experience that reinforced in me the incredible power of spirituality. It's not just a religious pilgrimage but a spiritual journey that transcends time and space. The purity of Maa Narmada, the intense presence of Omkareswar, and the unwavering dedication of those who built this temple against all odds are testaments to the remarkable force that makes the impossible possible.

When u take Parikrama of Mandhata hill is Gauri Somnath Mandir. 2018. Panel Siddhanath Mandir is close to the Jyotirling and on parikrama route. 2018. Author on banks of Ma Narmada.

 

Also see albums 

1. Omkareshwar Jyotirling, MP

2. Siddhanath Mandir, Omkareshwar

3. Maheshwar Mahismati, MP

4. Rajwada Indore

5. Mandu, MP

6. About Mahakaleshwar Temple and Corridor  

7. Acharya Sankara - Delineator of India

8. Sankara birthplace Kalady -Kerala  

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