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Also referred to as oṃkāra (ओंकार), auṃkāra (औंकार), and praṇava (प्रणव), om is a sacred sound and a spiritual icon in Hinduism. It is also a mantra in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. Om is part of the iconography found in ancient texts, temples and monasteries in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. In Hinduism, om is one of the most important spiritual symbols, referring to both atman and brahman. The syllable is often found at the beginning and the end of chapters in the Vedas, the Upanishads, as well as many other ancient texts. It is a sacred spiritual sound made before, during and to close meditations, a yoga practice and the recitation of spiritual texts.