Ekatma Dham, Omkareshwar: Honouring the Legacy of Adi Shankaracharya


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Ekatma Dham, Omkareshwar

In the heart of India, within the sacred land of Omkareshwar, a profound spiritual and cultural revolution is unfolding. Omkareshwar, a place of great significance for seekers of truth and wisdom, is witnessing the development of the Ekatma Dham project. This monumental endeavour is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the timeless message of Advaita Vedanta.

A Journey of Oneness

Ekatma Dham, standing tall above the holy Omkareshwar, serves as a beacon of unity and oneness, echoing the teachings of the great Adi Shankaracharya. It is a living embodiment of Advaita Vedanta philosophy, which proclaims the oneness of the individual soul (Atman) with the ultimate reality (Brahman). Under the guidance of the Acharya Shankar Sanskritik Ekta Nyas, this sacred space revives and celebrates the ancient wisdom of Vedic Dharma (Sanatana Dharma), spreading the noble teachings of Acharya Shankara.

A Vision of Unity

The Ekatma Dham project is a significant effort to promote Advaita Vedanta and honour Adi Shankaracharya's life and teachings. It features a massive 108-ft Statue of Oneness in Omkareshwar, unveiled on September 21, 2023. In a world often filled with stress and despair, this project aims to symbolise spiritual and cultural unity in India and offer hope for a better, more harmonious world.

Projects at Omkareshwar: 'Jnana Bhumi'

Nestled on a sacred island, Omkareshwar is a holy site and home to one of the revered 12 jyotirlingas. Its spiritual history is evident in the numerous Shaivaite, Vaisnavite and Jain temples that dot its landscapes. A pilgrimage to Omkareshwar is a profound journey for devout Hindus, offering a chance to connect with the divine and pay homage to Lord Shiva. The ancient temple, adorned with intricate carvings, stands as a symbol of enduring faith, drawing seekers of blessings and solace. It is also the place where Acharya Shankara met his 

Guru Ji, Govinda Bhagwatapada to attain enlightenment. In order to mark this achievement, the Department of Culture, through the Acharya Shankar Sanskritik Ekta Nyas, has undertaken a series of ambitious projects at Omkareshwar. It holds a great significance in the history of Advaita Vedanta, and it is a place of spiritual growth and enlightenment.

A Statue of Adi Shankaracharya and the Advaita Lok Museum

One of the highlights of the project is the installation of a multi-metal 108-ft statue of Adi Shankaracharya atop Mandhata Parvat hill, facing south towards the Narmada River. This statue will be accompanied by the Advaita Lok Museum, which will showcase the life and philosophy of Acharya Shankara through immersive exhibits and interactive displays.

The museum will feature a 3D hologram projection gallery, nine exhibition galleries, an indoor widescreen theatre, and a cultural boat ride called Advaita Narmada Vihar. This boat ride will take visitors on an audio-visual journey through the profound teachings of Adi Shankaracharya and other Indian preceptors of Advaita.

The Acharya Shankar International Institute of Advaita Vedanta

With the motive of promoting the study and understanding of Advaita Vedanta, Ekatma Dham will also have the Acharya Shankar International Institute of Advaita Vedanta. This institute will house seven centres dedicated to different aspects of Advaita Vedanta, including philosophy, science, social sciences, literature, music, and arts.

The project will also feature a library called the Maharshi Vedavyasa Advaita Library, that will serve as a comprehensive resource centre for scholars working in fields related to Advaita Vedanta philosophy. An extension centre, the Acharya Gaudapada Advaita Extension Centre, will work towards popularising the content developed by the institute's various centres, based on Advaita Vedanta. The Acharya Govind Bhagavatpada Gurukulam will offer residential training in Indian spirituality and Advaita Vedanta.

A Journey Through Adi Shankaracharya's Legacy

In the land of Omkareshwar, the legacy of Adi Shankaracharya, the great philosopher and exponent of Advaita Vedanta, will continue to inspire and guide seekers of truth and enlightenment. The teachings of Adi Shankaracharya, rooted in the oneness of the individual soul and the ultimate reality, resonate through ages, leaving an enduring impact on Indian society, culture, and spirituality.

Ekatma Dham is not just a monumental project; it's a spiritual journey through time, a tribute to the timeless wisdom of Adi Shankaracharya, and a celebration of unity and oneness. It stands as a testament to the power of philosophy, spirituality, and culture to transform and unite a nation.

As we reflect on this remarkable initiative, we are reminded of the profound words of Adi Shankaracharya: "Brahma Satyam Jaganmithyaa Jeevo Brahmaiva Naaparah" - Brahman is true, the world is unreal, the jeeva (soul), individual existence is none other than Brahman.

When in the heart of Madhya Pradesh, plan a visit to Ekatma Dham, a living testament to the wisdom of Adi Shankaracharya and a one-stop destination for all to experience the true meaning of oneness.

How to Reach?

Distance from Indore to Omkareshwar by Road: The road distance from Indore to Omkareshwar is approximately 77 kilometres.

Distance from Omkareshwar to Statue of Oneness: The Statue of Oneness is about 4.1 kilometres away from Omkareshwar.

For more details, visit https://oneness.org.in/