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Omkar Hills is an area in Rajarajeshwari Nagar in South Bangalore. It includes one of the highest points in Bangalore. It is home to Matsya Narayana Temple and Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Temple. A clock tower on Omkar Hills is the second largest in the world, according to an article in The Hindu.

Omkar (Ashram) Hills, Matsya Narayana Temple, Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Temple, Bangalore
Omkar (Ashram) Hills, Matsya Narayana Temple, Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Temple


Omkar Hills is the tallest glorious and devotional spots in Bangalore with the avowed objective of propagating. The Ashrama has a Goshala,  Vishwamitra Veda Vidyalaya and arrangements for training in Vedagamas.

Omkar (Ashram) Hills, Matsya Narayana Temple, Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Temple, Bangalore
Omkar (Ashram) Hills.

Swamiji arranges for the lighting of “Karthika Jyothi” on the Sacred day of Pournima in the month of Karthik every year. Large numbers of devotees throng the Ashrama on this auspicious occasion.

Swamiji's greatest ambition was to construct a huge Temple Complex known as Jyothirlinga Temple Complex – comprising of twelve Jyothirlinga Temples with the Deities in the same pattern as they exist in the various states of our country.

Swamiji's objective is to provide an easy opportunity to even a common man to have the satisfaction of visiting these Sacred Temples spread all country – a rich treasure of our religion.

Giant Clock Tower

A magnificent Tower Clock, bigger than the reputed Big Ben of London, with provision to bring out Shankanada and Omkaranada along with the striking of each hourly gong, has been installed on the Hill.
Swamiji is known for his innovative initiatives in all walks of life. True to that, he planned and got his plan executed by installation of a unique Tower Clock. This is the second clock in the world and is bigger than the Big Ben of London.

Omkar (Ashram) Hills, Matsya Narayana Temple, Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Temple, Bangalore
Omkar (Ashram) Hills, Matsya Narayana Temple, Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Temple

At the commencement of every hour, the clock chimes the sound of couch (Shankanada) followed by “Om” five times. The Shankanada is meant to awaken the consciousness of everyone to the great truth which is revealed by five Omkara to follow. Om which is a combination of three syllables A, U and M – represents the three states of life (the waking, the dreaming and the deep sleep state), creation, existence and dissolution, etc. It is the hub of the wheel which represents all the gamut’s of our life. Prasnopanishad describes Om as one imperishable and immutable sound and one who contemplates on the supreme spirit (Brahman) by this sound will abide in the very source of light and energy. After drawing the attention to the supreme spirit, the gong of each hour indicates the passing away of time. Swamiji correctly describes that the gong tells everyone that the time is passing away and each one should turn his attention to achieving his permanent goal without anymore delay. The following serves perhaps as the quintessence of the call given by this clock as well as by the respected Swamiji.

Vishwamitra Veda Vidyalaya

Vishwamitra Veda Vidyalaya is formed with the gracious blessings of their holiness, the Sri Madhusudanananda Puri of Sri Omkara Ashrama, for the preservation and propagation of the existing shakhas of the Vedas.

The entire Vedic portions of the same along with portions of Aagamas (rituals) are taught to the Vidyarthees of the Vidyalaya. In addition to this, the vidyartees are educated in Sanskrit and General Knowledge by well qualified Acharyas at the gurukul.

The Vidyalaya is providing FREE accommodation, Food, Clothing and study materials for the students during their entire course which normally will be 6 years. The students are assessed every six months by both oral and written exams.

Matsya Narayana Temple

Sri Matsya Narayana Temple is located in Bangalore, in the state of Karnataka, India. The temple is located in Omkar Ashram, in Omkar Hills Bangalore. Omkar Hills in Srinivasapura is one of the highest points in Bangalore.

Omkar (Ashram) Hills, Matsya Narayana Temple, Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Temple, Bangalore
Sri Matsya Narayana Swamy

Sri Matsya Narayana Temple is the only temple in Karnataka dedicated to Sri Matsya Narayana Swamy. Matsya Avatar was the first incarnation of Hindu deity Lord Vishnu among the Dashavatara (Ten avataras) of Mahavishnu. Matsya means ‘fish’ in Sanskrit and Matsya avatar is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu in the form of fish. At the end of the first epoch (Satya Yuga), when the world was destroyed by a great flood Matsya Avatar was taken by Lord Vishnu to save humanity and the Vedas from the great deluge.

Matsya Avatar is generally represented as a four-armed deity having the upper half of Maha Vishnu with four arms. Two arms hold shankam (conch shell) and chakram (divine discus) and the other two arms are in abhaya (divine protection) and varada (boon) and the lower half of Matsya (fish).

The temple is open for darshan from 7 AM to 12.30 PM and from 4.30 PM to 8PM on Monday to Saturday and on Sundays and holidays, the temple is open for darshan from 7 AM to 8 PM.

The Matsya Narayana temple celebrates the major annual festival on Matsya Jayanti. The annual festival of Matsya Jayanti is celebrated on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Tritya (Third day of the waxing moon period of the Chaitra month (March- April) every year.

Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Temple

Sri Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Temple is located in Bangalore, in the state of Karnataka, India. The temple is located in Omkar Ashram, in Omkar Hills Bangalore. Omkar Hills in Srinivasapura is one of the highest points of Bangalore. The Sri Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Devasthana is unique, and one of the most magnificent and gigantic temples in Karnataka.

Omkar (Ashram) Hills, Matsya Narayana Temple, Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Temple, Bangalore
Omkar (Ashram) Hills, Matsya Narayana Temple, Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Temple

In Sri Dwadasha Jyotirlinga temple, the 12 representative Jyotirlingas of the original Puranik twelve Jyotirlingas, which are in different parts of our country, are in one temple, each with an individual Garbhagraha and Vimanagopuram. The Dwadasha (12) Jyotirlingas are very sacred and auspicious and are different from the ordinary shiva lingams. As per the Shastras, the darshanam of even a single Jyotirlinga will lead to moksha. In Sanskrit, jyoti means light. So a Jyotirlinga is a shrine where Lord Shiva, is worshipped in the form of a Jyotirlingam or "Lingam of light." Puranas say that Lord Shiva first manifested himself as a Jyotirlinga on the night of the Arudra Nakshatra and thus the special reverence for the Jyotirlinga. The names and the locations of the 12 Jyotirlingas are mentioned in the Shiva Purana.

This Dwadasha Jyotirlinga temple is in the Omkar ashram which is an abode of temples and religious activities, namely - Sri Matsya Narayana temple, Sri Vanadurga temple, Sri Nagadevatha temple, Sri Muneeshwara temple, Goshala, Vishwamitra Veda Vidyalaya, Sacred Banyan tree, Religious harmony memorial, giant tower clock which is one of the biggest clock in the world and a monastery. Hence a piligrimage to this Dwadasha Jyotirlinga theertha kshetra and having darshan of all the temples and the blessings of sanyasins, will remove all the nava graha doshas (defects of the nine astrological planets) which are the source of all miseries and brings abundant grace, joy, health, wealth and peace.

Omkar (Ashram) Hills, Matsya Narayana Temple, Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Temple, Bangalore
Omkar (Ashram) Hills, Matsya Narayana Temple, Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Temple

This temple was founded by Brahmaleena Sadguru Sri Shivapuri Mahaswamiji with the intention of providing an opportunity to each and every devotee, for Jyotirlinga darshana, which otherwise requires health, wealth and time, as the original Jyotirlinga temples are in different parts of India. It also serves the purpose of propagating awareness, significance and uniqueness of these twelve Jyotirlingas to the younger generation.

The construction of this temple was started in 2002 by Sri Shivapuri Mahaswamiji, and it continued for many years. However before he could complete this divine task, he attained Samadhi, (left his mortal coil) in 2007. Later his Sannyasin disciple, Sri Madhusudhanananda Puri Swamiji became his successor, (The Peetadhipathi of Omkara Ashrama Mahasamsthana), and continued the temple work.

The Pranaprathishta (consecration) of the 12 Jyotirlingas and Mahakumbhabhishekam of the Temple was done by Sri Swami Madhusudhanananda Puri on the Auspicious day of Wednesday, 16 February 2011, in the divine presence of many Saints, Holy men, purohits and others with elaborate rituals, Japas, Homams and Poojas.

Inside the main temple, the 12 Jyotirlingas are seen along with Sri Vidyaganapathi, Sri Subrahmanya, Sri Kalabhairava, Sri Chandikeshwara, Ekadasha (11) Rudradevatas, Panchaloha Nataraja weighing around 1000 Kgs and the Divine Mother Shakti in the form of Sri Yantra. Of these Twelve Jyotirlingas, the Omkareshwara Jyotirlinga measuring around 6 Feet in height, is at the centre of the temple, encircled by the other Eleven Jyotirlingas. Omkareshwara Jyotirlinga is the main Jyotirlinga of this temple. In this Sri Dwadasha Jyothirlinga Devasthana all the 12 Jyothirlingas are along with the Shakthi in the form of Sri Yantras. The Spatika Sri Yantra is in the Omkareswara Jyothirlinga and in the remaining 11 jyothirlingas Panchaloha Sri Yantras are there. All the 12 Jyotirlingas face east.

The Vimana Gopurams, of Srisaila Mallikarjuna and Sri Rameshwara Jyotirlingas which are in South India, are in the South Indian style and the Vimana Gopurams of the remaining Ten Jyotirlingas which are in North India, are in the North Indian Style. Hence, this temple is a harmony of South Indian and North Indian sculpture. The height of the Vimana Gopuram of the main Jyotirlinga, Sri Omkareshwara, approximately 108 feet from the ground level, is the highest among all the Vimana Gopurams.

Salient features of Pranapratishta

All the 12 Jyotirlingas are Narmadeshwara Lingas (also known as Baana Lingas) made from the Stones of the River Narmada, which is very auspicious for Shivalinga. Beneath each and every Jyotirlinga, 1008 Small Narmadeshwara Lingas measuring around an inch in length are placed, but below Sri Omkareshwara linga, 2008 Small Narmada Lingas are placed. So in total the temple consists of visible 12 main Jyotirlingas and around 13000 (thirteen thousand) invisible Narmadeshwara Lingas.

Sri Matsya Narayana Temple

The Sri Matsyanarayana Temple is unique, and the only temple in Karnataka for Bhagavan Sri Matsyanarayana Swamy. Sri Matsanarayana Temple faces east and is located behind the Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Temple in Omkar Hills. Bhagavan Sri Matsyanarayana is the first Avatara among the Dashavataras (Ten Avataras) of Bhagavan MahaVishnu in the form of Fish to protect the creation from great deluge. By worshiping him, through his grace generally one gains health, wealth, peace and prosperity and specially one gets cured of rare skin diseases and gains abundant wealth. Where ever Bhagavan Sri Matsyanarayana’s presence is there all the Vastu Doshas will get nullified.

Sri Mata Vana Durga

The Divine mother Sri Vana Durga is the presiding deity and the sthana-devata of the Omkara Hills. Vana Durga is one of the numerous forms of Goddess Durga. As the name indicates, she resides in forests and hills. The temples of Vana Durga are always open to air. She is a living deity staying under the sacred banyan tree at the top of the Omkar Ashram hill. Time and again, many blessed devotees' vivid experiences about the Mother testify her divine presence in Omkar Hills.

Mother Sri Vana Durga protects and progresses this Omkara Ashrama. She is fond of camphor. Any devotee in distress or difficulty can invoke her divine blessings by offering camphor with sincere faith. One who worships Mother with devotion gains peace and prosperity through her bountiful benevolence and grace.

Sri Nagadevata Temple

Sri Nagadevata temple in Omkara Hills has a unique male and female Nagadevata. To the right of the Nagadevata is a banyan tree and to left is a neem tree. Daily pujas will be done to the devata.

Omkar Hills also has small temples of Lord Sri Muneshwara and Lord Sri Maha Ganapathi. A massive bronze bell, weighing around 1200 kgs, which is one of the biggest and heaviest bells in the country, is placed in the Dwadahsa temple complex for the temple use.

Worship and festivals

Daily Rudrabhisheka and pooja will be performed to all the Jyotirlingas and varieties of sevas are also performed to the lord. During the festivals, special poojas, homas etc, will also be performed. Pradosha poojas and Sankashtahara Ganapathi poojas are done regularly. The temple is open for darshan from 7 AM to 12.30 PM and from 4.30 PM to 8PM on Monday to Saturday and on Sundays and holidays, the temple is open for darshan from 7 AM to 8 PM.

The Dwadasha Jyotirlinga temple celebrates 2 major annual festivals. The annual festival of Maha Shivaratri is celebrated on Magha Krishna Chaturdashi (February - March) every year. During the annual festival of Karthika Maasa (mid October - November), special abishekas, poojas, Deepothsavas and homams will be done during the entire Karthika month with special alakarams to all Jyotirlingas on all the 4 Mondays.


Omkar Ashrama Maha Samasthana
Omkar Hills,
Bangalore - 560 060

Mobile Phone Number: Ph No: +91 80 2861 2586
Telephone: Cell No: +91 9916682757, 9141920920, 9141930930
Telefax No: +91 80 2861 2586

BMTC Bus : From Kengeri / Uttarahalli to Omkar Ashram Bus No: 375. 378 & 222B

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