Om Namah Shivaya or Panchakshari Mantra in Shiv Puran

Om Namah Shivay & Panchashari Mantra in Shiv Puran

Last Updated on 12 January 2024 IST | According to Hindu religion, Lord Shiva also known as Mahadeva, Pashupatinath, Vishwanath, Shankar, Bhole Nath, Bhairav, Shambhu, etc. is one amongst the triple Gods ie. Brahm, Vishnu, Shiva. These three are brothers equipped with one quality (Guna) each. The eldest of three is Brahma Ji equipped with Rajogun, the second is Vishnu Ji equipped with Satogun and the youngest brother Shankar Ji is equipped with Tamogun. These three are the sons of God Sadashiv who is the owner of 21 universes also called Jyoti Niranjan/Brahm-Kaal and goddess Durga (Maya/Ashtangi) is their mother.

A detailed description of God Sadashiv and his youngest son Lord Shiva/Shankar has been well explained in the earlier article Shiv-Puran. Here, we will discuss the most powerful mantra of Shiv Ji which is called ‘Panchakshari Mantra’ and what are the benefits and flaws of ‘Panchakshari Mantra’ as mentioned in holy scriptures.

For the knowledge of readers, let us make clear that the facts derived from holy ‘ShivPuran’, pious ‘Vedas’, and ‘Shrimad Bhagavad Gita’ prove that all Hindu devotees out of ignorance and lack of true spiritual knowledge are highly confused that ‘OM Namah Shivay’ is the ‘Panchakshari Mantra’ and it should be chanted with complete reverence to please and gain spiritual benefits from Lord Shiva.

Whereas, this is not the fact, since the evidence from holy scriptures contradicts this belief. The unbiased and true explanation basis evidence from scriptures provided in this write-up will remove the ambiguity of devotees about ‘OM Namah Shivay’ mantra. This write-up will be an eye-opener for devotees of Shankar Ji.

Let us analyze what do holy scriptures tell about ‘Panchakshari Mantra’?

God Sadashiv & Lord Shiva are Two Separate Entities/Gods

Ref: Kabir Sagar- The creation of the universe.

Ref: Concise Shiv Puran, Rudra Sanhita, 6th and 7th chapter, page 98-103, Editor is Hanuman Prasad Poddar, published from Gita Press Gorakhpur. Gobind Bhawan Office, Institute of Kolkata, Gorakhpur.

Before we proceed to explain what is the ‘Panchakshari mantra? the readers should have the clarity that God Sadashiv and Lord Shiva/Shankar Ji are the two separate entities/gods of their level. God Sadashiv is the Lord of only 21 Brahamands. He is known as Kshar Purush who is mortal. He is a devil who has trapped innocent souls in the web of illusion (Maya). His youngest son is Shankar who heads Tamogun department only in 21 brahamands of his father, God Sadashiv. He is this much Lord only. Both God Sadashiv and Shankar Ji are in the cycle of birth and death. (evidence Shrimad Devi Purana).

Who is the Guru of Sadashiv and Lord Shiva/Shankar?

Everyone knows that in the path of devotion it is a must to hold a guru. Both God Sadashiv, as well as Lord Shiva, worship the creator of the universe, Almighty KavirDev who is their guru. Brahm Kaal tells Arjun in Gita chapter 18 verse 64 that his venerable god is Param Akshar Brahm, he (Brahm) is in His refuge and worships him (Almighty KavirDev). At the inception, as per his legislation, God Kabir Ji met Lord Brahm, Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha and provided them mantras, also to goddess Durga and Brahm-Kaal. They all worship Satpurush Kabir. He is the guru of all these gods.

Description of ‘Kamaldal’ or Channels Within Human Body

Ref: Kabir Sagar in chapter ‘Kabir Vaani’ on page 111

All these Lords reside within each of us. Every human being has ‘Kamaldal’ or channels within. These ‘chakras’ are in the spine from the base till the crown of the head. Each ‘channel’ is associated with a particular god.

  • ‘Moolkamal’- governed by Lord Ganesha
  • ‘Swadchakra’- governed by Lord Brahma and Goddess Saraswati
  • ‘Naabhi Kamal’ - governed by Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi
  • ‘Hriday Kamal’- governed by Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati
  • ‘Kanth Kamal’- governed by Goddess Durga
  • At ‘Trikuti’ Satpurush resides along with Brahm Kaal-Sadashiv

These gods are seated in these ‘Kamals’ or channels. They are within all human beings be it Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or a Christian, all have similar bodies, similar formation. Each god has a separate mantra given by Almighty Kabir. This means GodSadashiv and his son Lord Shiva/Shankar Ji both have a separate placement in the human body and separate mantras are chanted by devotees to gain spiritual benefits from them.

Let us first analyze what is the true mantra of God Sadashiv?

What is the True Mantra of God Sadashiva?

Ref: Shrimad Bhagawad Gita chapter 8 verse 13

The giver of the knowledge of Gita ie. Brahm-Kaal tells Arjun

‘Oṁ ity ekākṣharaṁ brahma vyāharan māmanusmaran
Yaḥ prayāti tyajandehaṁ sayāti paramāṁ gatim

Meaning: Kaal says ‘Of me Brahm, ‘mam Brahm’, my Brahm’s is only one-word mantra ‘OM’. One who chants this ‘Yaḥ prayāti tyajandehaṁ’ and leaves the body ‘sayāti paramāṁ gatim’ he obtains all benefits from ‘OM’ mantra.

Important: This is a clear one-word, ‘OM’ is the true mantra of God Sadashiv and nothing else.

Ref: Kabir Sagar Chapter “Swasamved Bodh” page no. 96 and “Shwansh Gunjar” page no. 21 and “Anurag Sagar” page no. 26

Ref: Shrimad Bhagawad Gita chapter 7 verse 24 & 25, chapter 9 verse 11, chapter 11 verse 47, 48

Brahm-Kaal/God Sadashiv has taken a vow that he will never appear in his original form to anyone. He remains unmanifested/invisible. Showing his ghastly appearance to Arjun in the battlefield during the war of Mahabharta Brahm tells, ‘Arjun, see, this is my Kaal form, huge form and it cannot be attained neither with the methods mentioned in Vedas nor by Jap-Tap, not by sacrifices, by no means it can be attained. I have done this favor on you. No one has seen my original form before you, and further, no one will be able to see this’.

Important: Brahm-Kaal deceives innocent seekers by appearing in the form of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva therefore, they consider them supreme god and their venerable deity. Brahm-Kaal has created this confusion even to these gods therefore, they consider themselves supreme. Based on this Shree Brahma Ji, Shree Vishnu Ji had a confusion. Brahma Ji says that 'I am the creator of the entire universe, I am the father of all. I am supreme'. Whereas, Vishu Ji believes 'Brahma Ji has originated from my navel. I am the sustainer. I am supreme'.

Having understood that Brahm-Kaal is a deceiver and remains unmanifested, now we will understand what is Panchakshara mantra?

What is the Panchakshara / Panchakshari Mantra?

Holy Shiv Puran gives the description of the Panchakshara / Panchakshari mantra in great detail. In there it is described that the "Om"(ॐ) Mantra is made of five syllables and is in reality the actual "Panchakshara / Panchakshari" mantra. Shiv Puran describes that the "Om"(ॐ) Mantra is made of five sounds is thus, the actual Panchakshara / Panchakshari Mantra whereas translators of Shiv Puran have adulterated the mantra while doing the translations and have added "Om Namah Shivaya" (ॐ नमः शिवाय) on their own. In reality "Om Namah Shivaya" (ॐ नमः शिवाय) is not the Panchakshara / Panchakshari Mantra and is indeed self-made and arbitrary.

Let us study evidence from holy Shiv Puran.

Ref: Concise Shiv Mahapurana with Hindi translation part 1. The writer is Vidhyavaridhi Pandit Jwala Prasad Ji Mishr. Khemraj Shri Krishnadas Prakashan, Mumbai. Vidhweshwar Sanhita, Chapter 10, Page Number:11-20.

Ref: Concise Shiv Puran, Vidhveshwar Sanhita, page 24-26, published from Gita Press Gorakhpur. Editor is Hanuman Prasad Poddar, Gobind Bhawan Office, Institute of Kolkata, Gorakhpur.

Once Brahma Ji and Vishnu Ji started fighting with each other to show their supremacy. At that time God Sadashiva appeared and installed an endless highly radiant pillar between them at which point both Brahma Ji and Vishnu Ji stopped fighting and started looking for the end of the pillar. Then, God Sadashiva appeared and told both of them about their designations that they are not supreme and gave a description of the ‘Panchakshari Mantra’. Brahma and Vishnu considered him Lord Shiva (their younger brother) but it was their father God Sadashiv, this is how Brahm-Kaal deceives.

Brahm-Kaal says 'Omkar' is my mantra. Based on the accomplishments of that knowledge, chant the 'Omkar' mantra, this removes arrogance. Therefore, this original mantra is preached. This 'Omkar' being produced from my mouth is my symptomatic form itself. This provides great benefits. He is the announcer, I am the voice. This mantra is my soul. With its chant, I am remembered. From the North mouth 'Akar', from West mouth 'Ukar', from South mouth 'Makaar', from East mouth 'dot', from middle mouth 'Naad' is created, in this way, this is produced in five forms. All these become one word 'OM' after joining.

Important: The point is that this 'OM', one-word mantra is of God Sadashiv ie. the father of Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh. He has mentioned same in Gita Chapter 8 verse 13. In the original Sanskrit it is one word 'OM' but the translators have added "Om Namah Shivaya" (ॐ नमः शिवाय) on their own. This is the wrong mantra. Ignorant sages have misunderstood and misinterpreted this and have preached the same further to their disciples. This confusion has been for ages.

This is clear ‘OM’ is the ‘Panchakshari Mantra’ and not "Om Namah Shivaya" (ॐ नमः शिवाय)

Great Tatvadarshi Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj has revealed this hidden spiritual fact from holy scriptures. This ambiguity has now been removed.

Now, the question arises: Is Salvation Possible with ‘Panchakshari Mantra’?

Is Salvation Possible with ‘Panchakshari Mantra’?

With the ‘OM’ mantra of Brahm-Kaal, only Brahamlok is attained. In Gita Ji chapter no 8, verse no.16, the giver of the knowledge of Gita ie. God Sadashiv has said that ‘Arjun! after the attainment of Brahamlok, all souls are in recurrence. Creatures reaching there receive birth and death again. After their good deeds finish they suffer on earth in life forms of other creatures. So Brahm’s worship also does not provide complete salvation.

By chanting ‘Panchakshari Mantra’ ie. ‘OM’ mantra several accomplishments are gained to seekers but it does not provide them complete salvation. Such seekers relish pleasures for some time in Brahamlok and after their good deeds are finished they become King on earth. When their goods deeds are finished they have to bear pain in hell also and in 84 lacs life species. Our holy scriptures have proved this. Let us explain with examples.

‘Panchakshari Mantra’ /‘OM’ Mantra did not provide Salvation to Sage Durvasa

Ref: Nectar speech of worshipable Almighty Kabir

Sage Durvasa Cursed Lord Indra

Sage Durvasa was the worshipper of Brahm-Kaal. By chanting the ‘OM’ mantra he gained accomplishments and became arrogant. Once Sage Durvasa cursed the King of heaven; Lord Indra. Inspite apologies made by Devraj Indra; Sage Durvasa did not listen; saying ‘whatever I had said cannot be undone’. As a result, Devraj Indra got completely destroyed and heaven got ruined.

Sage Durvasa Cursed Yadav Clan

The whole Yadav clan was annihilated by the curse of Sage Durvasa. Even Lord Krishna, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu could not avert the curse of Sage Durvasa. Holy scriptures provide evidence that due to the curse 56 crore Yadavs got killed and sludge of blood was formed.

It is written in the Suksham Ved: -

Durvasa kopey tahan, samajh na aayi neech |
Chhappan crore Yadav katey, machi rudhir ki keech ||

‘Panchakshari Mantra’ /‘OM’ Mantra did not provide Salvation to Sage Chunak

There was one Sage Chunak. He was the worshipper of Kaal-Brahm. He performed austerity (hathyoga) which is rejected in Gita chapter 17 verse 6. He chanted the ‘OM’ mantra. God was not attained, he gained accomplishments and became an atom bomb. He unnecessarily messed up with one renowned King of the world (Mandhata King) and destroyed his army of 72 crore soldiers. Such worshippers of Brahm-Kaal are of demonic nature. Arrogant of his powers, sage Chunak became a moving bomb. If such worshippers are teased a bit, they may destroy. They are all the agents of Kaal. Sage Chunak destroyed a huge army of 72 crore soldiers of Mandhata King.

It has been mentioned in Suksham Ved that: -

72 kshoni kha gaya, Chunak rishishwar ek |
Deh dhaarein jaura firaen, sabhi Kaal ke bhekh ||

‘Panchakshari Mantra’ /‘OM’ Mantra did not provide Salvation to Sage Kapil

Once sage Kapil, who is considered to be the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, was meditating for years. His eyelids had grown so long that they were touching the ground. His body had emaciated. There was one King Sagad. He had 60 thousand sons who were performing Ashwamegh Yagya. Lord Indra was told by Lord Vishnu to not let that Ashwamegh Yagya get complete if 100 such Yagya will be done successfully then Lord Indra will have to surrender his throne.

Fearful Lord Indra sent his attendants, who tied the horse of Ashwamegh Yagya with the leg of sage Kapil. Those 60 thousand sons of King Sagad tried to unhook the horse, they pricked spears into the sage’s armpits. Sage Kapil felt pain. Angry sage lifted his eyelids with his hands from where fire arrows were released. 60 thousand sons of King Sagad were killed with those fire arrows.

It has been mentioned in Suksham Ved that: -

60 hazaar Sagad ke hotey, Kapil munishwar khaay |
Jae Parmeshwar ki karein bhakti, to ajar-amar ho jaay ||

‘Panchakshari Mantra’/‘OM’ Mantra did not Provide Salvation to Sage Markandey

Sage Markandey was the worshipper of Brahm-Kaal. He did austerity in the Bay of Bengal and used to consider his worship to be the best. He advised even Lord Indra to worship the same. Sage Markandey did not attain God and remained in recurrence.

Note: Renowned Sage Durvasa, Sage Chunak, Sage Kapil who were the worshippers of Brahm-Kaal, guising as Sages, were Gyani souls. They chanted ‘Panchakshari Mantra’ /‘OM’ Mantra. They did not attain salvation, did not attain God rather by gaining powers they destroyed so many innocent people. They became angels of death walking around. These knowledgeable souls were generous at heart, wanted to attain God therefore, performed austerity but by not finding a true guru they did arbitrary worship considering Brahm-Kaal to be Almighty. Brahm-Kaal tells his worship is inferior in Gita chapter 7 verse 18 because salvation is not attained.

Hence proved, Salvation is impossible by chanting ‘Panchakshari Mantra’/ ‘OM’ Mantra.

For details, please read Deed of Sage Durvasa

What is the True Mantra of Lord Shiva/Shankar Ji?

Lord Shiva along with Goddess Parvati resides in the heart ‘Hriday Kamal’ in every human being. He has a specific mantra that was given to him by Almighty Kavirdev. Due to the absence of a true guru and lack of true spiritual knowledge earlier sages remained ignorant and followed arbitrary worship which did not provide them any benefit. They remained ignorant of the true mantra of Shankar Ji and continued practicing on their own as a result, remained in the trap of Brahm-Kaal.

First, let us understand with example what happens to the worshippers of Tamogun Shankar Ji, son of God Sadashiv.

Ravana - Worshipper of Tamogun Shankar Ji, son of God Sadashiv

Ravana was a learned ruler in Treta Yuga. He worshipped Tamogun God Shankar. Currently, no one can do worship like Ravana. He chopped off his head and offered it to Shankar Ji. As he did, God granted him a similar reward. But foolishness did not go. He was called a devil because of the heinous sin he did. He brought his own mother, Sita, who was the wife of the elder brother of God Shankar ie.

Lord Vishnu’s wife goddess Laxmi who had incarnated as Sita and was the wife of Lord Ramachandra. Ravana tried to make Sita his wife. A fierce battle was fought as mentioned in Ramayana. Ravana died a dog’s death and was called a monster. He did not attain salvation by worshipping Tamogun Shankar Ji.

Bhasmagiri - Worshipper of Tamogun Shankar Ji, son of God Sadashiv

There was one saint named Bhasmagiri, he was a demon, an ascetic, worshipper of Tamoguni Shiv. For twelve years he remained on head posture in front of Shiv Ji’s gate, did austerity. Shiv Ji pleased with his ‘Tap’ provided him his ‘Bhasamkada’ (bracelet) as committed. Demon Bhasmagiri had a foul intention on the wife of Shiv Ji ie. on his venerable god’s wife-Parvati Ji, he wanted to make Parvati his wife. He tried to kill Lord Shiva/Shankar after getting ‘Bhasamkada’. Shankar Ji got scared of Bhasmagiri and ran away fearing his death. Later, Almighty KavirDev saved his life by killing Bhasmagiri. Worshipper Bhasmagiri was called ‘Bhasmasur’, the demon, instead of ‘Bhasmagiri’.

Note: Innocent blind devotees call Shiv Ji eternal, unfading and immortal. Mritunjay-who has won over death, Kalinjay, Maheshwar- God of all. Shiv Ji himself is in the cycle of birth and death. How can he save the life of his disciples who worship him with reverence and chant ‘Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra’ with the belief they will be saved? Chanting of ‘OM Namah Shivay’, ‘Rudra Mantra’, ‘Mahamrityunjay Mantra’, Shiv Dhyan Mantra and the like are all useless and arbitrary practices. Nowhere, they are mentioned in any holy scripture.

Yajurveda chapter 19, verse 25, 26, Mantra no. 822 Samved Utarchik Adhyay 3, Khand no. 5, Shlok no. 8 and Shrimad Bhagawad Gita chapter 15 verse 1-4, tells the identity of a Tatvadarshi sant who provides true mantra and true spiritual knowledge doing which seekers attain God, attain complete salvation and reach to their native place ‘Satlok’.

Today, Jagatguru Tatvadarshi Sant Rampaj Ji Maharaj is the same enlightened saint who provides scriptures based worship, the true mantra of Shankar Ji, also of all other gods who govern respective channels in our body. This is the request to all, take initiation from Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj. Take the true mantra of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha and even the true mantra of God Sadashiv, goddess Durga and become worthy of attaining salvation.


The following conclusions are drawn based on evidence from holy scriptures:

  • Shankar Ji is the son of God Sadashiv ie. Brahm-Kaal. These are two separate Gods.
  • God Sadashiv is the owner of the 21 universes also called Kshar Purush.
  • Lord Shiva/Shankar Ji is the head/lord of only the Tamogun department in the 21 universe of his father-Brahm-Kaal.
  • All 21 universes of Kshar Purush are mortal.
  • ‘OM Namah Shivay’ is not ‘Panchakshari Mantra’. This is misinterpreted by the translators. It is arbitrary.
  • ‘Panchakshari Mantra’ is ‘OM’ nothing else.
  • ‘Panchakshari Mantra’ is of GodSadashiv chanting which Brahamlok is attained but recurrence of creatures continues.
  • ‘Panchakshari Mantra’ cannot provide salvation.
  • Shankar Ji has a specific mantra which is provided by a Tatvadarshi saint.
  • Jagatguru sant Rampal Ji Maharaj is the true spiritual leader. He is Satguru.

Om Namah Shivaya or Panchakshari Mantra


FAQs about Om Namah Shivaya or Panchakshari Mantra in Shiv Puran

Q.1 Whose mantra is Om Namah Shivay?

Om Namah Shivay is an arbitrary mantra which has no spiritual significance at all. It is neither mentioned in Holy Gita ji nor in Holy Vedas.

Q.2 What happens while chanting Om Namah Shivay?

Om Namah Shivay is not mentioned in any of our Holy Scriptures. Hence chanting it cannot give us anything. Experiencing something while chanting it is an experience from our good deeds of previous births. One should not think of the power of the mantra.

Q. 3 How many times should we chant Om Namah Shivay?

Not even a single time. It is useless. As per Holy Gita ji chapter 17 verse 23, only OM-TAT-SAT is the mantra to attain salvation after taking it from a Tatvdarshi Sant as mentioned in chapter 4 verse 34.

Q.4 How to recite Om Namah Shivay?

One should not recite it as it is not mentioned in our Holy Gita ji and Holy Vedas.

Q.5 Which mantra to chant at the time of sleeping?

Mantras obtained from a Tatvdarshi Sant is to be chanted anytime throughout the day. Presently, Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj is the Tatvdarshi Sant present in between us.

Q.6 Which is the most powerful Shiv mantra?

The powerful Shiva Mantra is to be revealed by only a Tatvdarshi Sant. One can only take benefits from Lord Shiva after chanting the mantras as given by a Tatvdarshi Sant. Presently, Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj from Haryana, India is the Tatvdarshi Sant.

Q.7 How many Shiv mantras are there?

Only one, which is to be revealed by a Tatvdarshi Sant.

Q.8 Which is the basic mantra of Shiv Puran?

Shiv Puran has no real mantras present in it. The real mantras to attain Supreme God Kabir and take benefits from Shiv ji is being given by a Tatvadarshi Sant Who is none other than Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj from Haryana, India.

Q.9 Can we chant mantras more than 108 times?

Yes, but only those mantras which are being given by a Tatvdarshi Sant. Because one can attain benefit after chanting those mantras only.

Q.10 How to make Shiva happy?

Lord Shiva can be made happy only by chanting mantras of Shiva which are being given by a Tatvdarshi Sant as mentioned in Holy Gita ji chapter 4 verse 34.


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Mahesh Singh

Is OM Namah shivaya mantra the reliever of sorrows?

Satlok Ashram

OM namah shivaya mantra is useless. There is no benefit of chanting it.

Gopal Kumar

What is the right way of worship of Lord Shiva?

Satlok Ashram

The right way of worship is granted by an enlightened Saint. Doing it seeker gets benefit

Jatin Kumar

Whose mantra is OM?

Satlok Ashram

OM mantra is of Satan Brahm Kaal