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Shri Omkareshwar Mahadev Temple

रुद्राणां नियुतं जप्त्वा यत्फलम् सम्यगाप्यते
तत्फलं लभते नूनं भक्त्योङ्कारविलोकनात्

Shri Omkareshwar Mahadev Temple

Omkareshwar Mahadev Temple Basic Details :

  • Temple Name:Shri Omkareshwar Mahadev Temple
  • Temple Phone Number: +91-9336586692
  • Temple Address: Koyla Bazar, Near Town Hall Park Varanasi 221001
  • Temple Timing: 05:30 AM – 01 PM & 03 PM -10:30 PM
  • Mangala Aarti Timing:
  • Bhog/Aarti Timing:
  • Sandhya Aarti Timing:
  • Shayan Aarti Timing:

रुद्राणां नियुतं जप्त्वा यत्फलम् सम्यगाप्यते
तत्फलं लभते नूनं भक्त्योङ्कारविलोकनात्

Kashi Khand, Chapter 73, Shiok 169

The above Shloka has been taken from Skanda Purana, where lord Shiva is saying that “By worshiping the Omkareshwar Ling in Kashi, the devotee derives punya benefits of reciting one lakh Rudra Jaapam.

Legend Associated with the origin of Shri Omkareshwar Mahadev Temple :

“शिव सामुच्य मापनोति शिवलोके महियते”
“सर्व वारदाह आमर्ययाच बाल यौवन वद्धिका:
अस्याम पुर्याम मृतक शिव मुक्ता एव न संशय:”

When Mata Parvati inquired about the Omkareshwar Shivling, then Lord Shiva narrated a story from Kashi Khanda, Chapter 73.

Kashi is a holy place that many such Shiva Lingas grace. Lord Brahma once performed a terrible penance for many years, and extremely powerful energy came out from below, entered the ground, and spread pure light all around. Lord Brahma saw the divine energy representing the three Vedas (Rig, Yajur and Sama Vedas) in the form of a divine shivling.

Lord Brahma saw the energy of Om, which today rules the entire universe, in that heavenly light, which stood for Akara, Ukara, and Makara. Lord Brahma saw a demon with four horns, seven arms, and two heads. He also saw a divine power that contained all the Vedas, Puranas, and the five Brahmans (Akara, Ukara, Makara, Nada, and Bindu).

The Panchakshara Linga (Panch+Akshara, which stands for the five syllables given in the titles above) mesmerized Lord Brahma so much that he started praising Lord Shiva, whom he could see standing in front of him. .

The praises that Lord Brahma devotedly offered to Lord Shiva are described in great detail by the Kashi Khanda. Lord Shiva granted a divine blessing to Lord Brahma in response to his earnest prayers.

Lord Brahma wanted Omkareshwar Mahadev to be the name of the Shiva Linga, which manifested as divine energy, and that Lord Shiva should always reside there.

Accordingly, Lord Shiva granted permission and decided that the Shiva Linga would be known as the Shiva Panchayatan and would serve as a representation of Aakar, Ukar, Makara, Nada and Bindu.

Importance of the Location of Omkareshwar Mahadev Jyotirlinga :

This city is very dear to Lord Shiva. It has been said in the scriptures that Kashi Puri is the most powerful among the ‘Sapta Puris’ and it will not disappear even in the times of deluge.

Lord Shiva in the Omkareshwar Swaroop will hold it in his Trishul even during the deluge, ensuring no destruction to the city. This is called the free zone.

Kashi has Omkareshwar -Khand in the north, Kedar-Khand in the south, and Vishweshwar-Khand in the middle. Omkareshwar in Om Kar-Khand, Gauri Kedareshwar in Kedar-Khand, and Kashi Vishwanath famous temple under Vishweshwar-Khand.

Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva in Kashi. According to the sound of Nadi Shastra, Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga is an indicator of Akar, Makar, and Ukar. According to the Kashi section, the name of this linga is also Kapileshwar and Nadeshwar.

A person who is a devotee of Omkareshwar will attain Mukti even if he dies at any place other than Kashi. Lord Shiva told Lord Brahma that with the radiating energy of Omkareshwar, Lord Brahma will be successful in his job of creating human beings. After granting all the boons to Lord Brahma, Lord Shiva disappeared inside the Ling.

Pujas performed in the Omkareshwar Mahadev Temple :

The various Pujas performed in the Omkareshwar Mahadev Temple are :

Auspicious days to worship Omkareshwar Mahadev :

आलस्येनापि यो यायाद् गृहाद्विश्वेश्वरालायम
 अश्वमेधाधिको धर्मस्तस्य स्याच्च पदे पदे ॥ ८६ ॥
Kashi Khand, Chapter 03, Shlok 86

Every Monday witness massive crowds in the Omkareshwar Mahadev Temple. Pradosh Kaal Puja which falls every 13th day of the month is considered very auspicious in the Temple.
The 30 days of Shravan Month and especially Shravan Mondays are the most auspicious tithi to perform Puja in the temple and thousands of devotees throng the Omkareshwar Temple on this day.
On Vaishakh Shukla Chaturdashi, Omkareshwar Mahadev is worshiped annually and adorned, the ritual is celebrated as the Annual Shringar Festival in the Temple.

Festivals celebrated in the OmKareshwar Mahadev Temple :

  • Maha Shivratri
  • Rangbhari Ekadashi
  • Ganga Dussehra
  • Vaikunth Chaturdashi
  • Deepawali
  • Karthik Purnima

Importance of the Matsyodari Teerth, nearby Omkareshwar Mahadev Temple :

On the banks of the Matsyodari shrine, where the Ganges met during the rainy season, was said to be the site of the Omkareshwar Linga.
According to the Kashi Khanda (Chapter 73), a bath at Matsyodari Tirtha and worshiping Lord Omkareshwar on Ashtami and Chaturdashi days can absolve the devotee from all sins. The person who worships Lord Omkareshwar in the temple is extremely fortunate and will enter heaven. Their Pitra Devtas experience joy when they see their descendants worshiping in the temple
The temple of Nandishvara was situated on the north side of Matsyodari in the same way as the temple of Makara was situated on the north side of Omkarkareshwar Mahadev. At this place, Vamdev, Savarni, Aghor and Kapil attained success by fasting for Pashupati.
Sometimes Ganga used to join Matsyodari for the worship of this deity. In the west of Kapileshwar, when there was a confluence of Ganga and Matsyodari, there was special importance of bathing on Ashtami and Chaturdashi. Pashupata’s abode was near the Kapalmochan pond and this temple was very big.
The fear of rebirth will be removed from the devotee who worships Omkareshwar and takes holy bath in Matsyodari Tirtha. Worshiping Omkareshwar is equivalent to chanting one lakh Rudra jaaps and visiting every Shiva Linga in existence.
Even if one dies somewhere other than Kashi, he will reach liberation if he is an Omkareshwar devotee. Who would not like the place where Mahadev, Parvati, Annapurna, Vishalakshi are sitting and get complete abode and protection from Kaal Bhairav.


Darshan and Aarti Timings of Omkareshwar Mahadev Temple :

  • The Omkareshwar Mahadev temple opens at 5:30 am in the morning.
  • The Mangala Aarti Darshan goes up to 6:00 am in the morning after which the Darshan gets opened for the General Devotees.
  • The 2nd Aarti performed in the Omkareshwar Mahadev Temple is the Bhog Aarti which starts at 11:30 am in the morning and gets over at around 1:00 pm.
  • The 3rd Aarti performed in the Omkareshwar Mahadev Temple is the Saptarishi Aarti which starts at 7:15 pm in the evening.
  • The 4th Aarti performed in the Omkareshwar Mahadev Temple is the Night Shringar Aarti which starts at 9:00 pm.
  • The Fifth and Final Aarti performed in the Omkareshwar Mahadev Temple is Night Sayan Aarti which starts at 11:00 pm in the nighttime.

The Darshan hour for the normal devotees ranges from 6:00 am in the morning to 11:00 pm at the night during the course of which 5 Aarti are performed in the Temple.

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