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==Significance of Oṅkāreśvara==
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Places of pilgrimage are a source of inspiration and symbols of cultural unity. Among the well-known places of pilgrimage associated with lord Śiva, those containing the Jyotirliṅgas<ref>It literally means ‘liṅgas of light’, twelve in number, spread all over India.</ref> are considered extremely sacred. The Oṅkāreśvara<ref>Oṅkāreśvara means the liñga and the temple containing it.</ref> is classed among these twelve.
  
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==Location of Oṅkāreśvara==
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The Ohkāreśvara temple is situated on the Māndhātā island inside the Narmadā river, the two streams that surround it being known as Narmadā and Kāverī, not the Kāverī of South India. The area of this island is about 2.6 sq. kms.<ref>It is approximate 1 sq. mile.</ref> The shape of the island resembles that of 35 Om. Hence it is named as ‘Oṅkāreśvara’. Inside it there are actually two Śivaliñgas, Oṅkāreśvara and Amaleśvara, both considered as ‘Jyotirliṅgas’ but calculated as one only.  
  
Among the well-known places of pilgrimage associated with lord Śiva, those containing the Jyotirliṅgas (literally, ‘liṅgas of light’, twelve in number, spread all over India) are considered extremely sacred. The Oṅkāreśvara (the liñga and the temple containing it) is classed among these twelve.
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==Historical Significance of Oṅkāreśvara==
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The emperor Māndhātā of the Ikṣvāku race<ref>It is same as the Raghu-race.</ref> is said to have realized Lord Śiva here.  It is said that the god Vindhya<ref>Vindhya means the supervising deity of the Vindhya mountains.</ref> once propitiated Lord Śiva here through a yantra<ref>Yantra means sacred geometrical diagram.</ref> and a liṅga of sand or clay. Pleased with his worship, Śiva appeared before him and agreed to stay on in those two forms. These two forms are the yantra and the earthen image. These forms later on became the two liṅgas present now.  
  
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==Oṅkāreśvara Temple==
 
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The Oṅkāreśvara liṅga is a natural one.<ref>Natural one means svayambhu or udbhava liṅga.</ref> and is surrounded by water. Entrance to the temple is small. Images of Pārvati and five-faced Gaṇapati are also established inside the temple. The temple can be approached by boat. There are quite a few temples around the Oṅkāreśvara shrine, on the island.
on the Māndhātā island inside the Narmadā river, the two streams that
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surround it being known as Narmadā and Kāverī (not the Kāverī of South India). Inside it there are actually two Sivaliñgas —Oṅkāreśvara and Amaleśvara—both
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considered as ‘Jyotirliṅgas’ but calculated as one only. The emperor Māndhātā of the Ikṣvāku race (same as the Raghu-race) is said to have realised Lord Siva here.
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The area of this island is about 2.6 sq. kms. (1 sq. mile). The shape of the island resembles that of 35) (Om). Hence the name ‘Oṅkāreśvara’.
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It is said that the god Vindhya (the supervising deity of the Vindhya mountains) once propitiated Lord Siva here through a yantra (sacred geometrical diagram) and a liṅga of sand (or clay). Pleased with his worship, Siva appeared before him and agreed to stay on in those two forms. These two forms—the yantra and the earthen image—later on became the two liṅgas which we now see. The Oṅkāreśvaraliṅga is a natural one (svayambhu or udbhava liṅga) and is surrounded by water. Entrance to the temple is small. Images of Pārvati and fivefaced Gaṇapati are also established inside the temple.
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There are quite a few temples around the Oṅkāreśvara shrine, on the island.
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See also narmadā.
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
 
* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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Places of pilgrimage are a source of inspiration and symbols of cultural unity.
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Among the well-known places of pilgrimage associated with lord Śiva, those containing the Jyotirliṅgas (literally, ‘liṅgas of light’, twelve in number, spread all over India) are considered extremely sacred. The Oñkāreśvara (the liñga and the temple containing it) is classed among these twelve.
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The Oñkāreśvara temple is situated
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on the Māndhātā island inside the Narmadā river, the two streams that
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surround it being known as Narmadā and Kāverī (not the Kāverī of South India). Inside it there are actually two Sivaliñgas —Oṅkāreśvara and Amaleśvara—both
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considered as ‘Jyotirliṅgas’ but calculated as one only. The emperor Māndhātā of the Ikṣvāku race (same as the Raghu-race) is said to have realised Lord Siva here.
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The area of this island is about 2.6 sq. kms. (1 sq. mile). The shape of the island resembles that of 35) (Om). Hence the name ‘Oṅkāreśvara’.
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It is said that the god Vindhya (the supervising deity of the Vindhya moun¬tains) once propitiated Lord Siva here through a yantra (sacred geometrical diagram) and a liṅga of sand (or clay). Pleased with his worship, Siva appeared before him and agreed to stay on in those two forms. These two forms—the yantra and the earthen image—later on became the two liṅgas which we now see. The Oṅkāreśvaraliṅga is a natural one (svayambhu or udbhava liṅga) and is surrounded by water. Entrance to the temple is small. Images of Pārvati and fivefaced Gaṇapati are also established inside the temple.
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The temple can be approached by
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boat.
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There are quite a few temples around the Oṅkāreśvara shrine, on the island.
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See also NARMADĀ.
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Revision as of 02:52, 28 June 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Onkaresvara, OJkAreZvara, Oykaareshvara


Significance of Oṅkāreśvara

Places of pilgrimage are a source of inspiration and symbols of cultural unity. Among the well-known places of pilgrimage associated with lord Śiva, those containing the Jyotirliṅgas[1] are considered extremely sacred. The Oṅkāreśvara[2] is classed among these twelve.

Location of Oṅkāreśvara

The Ohkāreśvara temple is situated on the Māndhātā island inside the Narmadā river, the two streams that surround it being known as Narmadā and Kāverī, not the Kāverī of South India. The area of this island is about 2.6 sq. kms.[3] The shape of the island resembles that of 35 Om. Hence it is named as ‘Oṅkāreśvara’. Inside it there are actually two Śivaliñgas, Oṅkāreśvara and Amaleśvara, both considered as ‘Jyotirliṅgas’ but calculated as one only.

Historical Significance of Oṅkāreśvara

The emperor Māndhātā of the Ikṣvāku race[4] is said to have realized Lord Śiva here. It is said that the god Vindhya[5] once propitiated Lord Śiva here through a yantra[6] and a liṅga of sand or clay. Pleased with his worship, Śiva appeared before him and agreed to stay on in those two forms. These two forms are the yantra and the earthen image. These forms later on became the two liṅgas present now.

Oṅkāreśvara Temple

The Oṅkāreśvara liṅga is a natural one.[7] and is surrounded by water. Entrance to the temple is small. Images of Pārvati and five-faced Gaṇapati are also established inside the temple. The temple can be approached by boat. There are quite a few temples around the Oṅkāreśvara shrine, on the island.


References

  1. It literally means ‘liṅgas of light’, twelve in number, spread all over India.
  2. Oṅkāreśvara means the liñga and the temple containing it.
  3. It is approximate 1 sq. mile.
  4. It is same as the Raghu-race.
  5. Vindhya means the supervising deity of the Vindhya mountains.
  6. Yantra means sacred geometrical diagram.
  7. Natural one means svayambhu or udbhava liṅga.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore