Importance of five lettered mantra

पंचाक्षरमाहात्म्यवर्णनं नाम द्वादशोऽध्यायः
Description of the greatness/importance of the five-lettered mantra – Chapter 12

उपमन्युरुवाच |
Upamanyu said (to Lord Krishna)

एतावत्तु शिवज्ञानमेतावत्परमं पदम् |
यदोंनमश्शिवायेति शिववाक्यं षडक्षरम् || 20 ||
This much is the knowledge about Lord Shiva; this is the highest state, which is Om Namah Shivaya, the six-lettered Shiva-sentence.

Shloka 34 of chapter 17 in Vidyeshwara Samhita mentioned that the five-lettered mantra should always be chanted with the Pranava (Om) in the beginning.

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