# Om symbol ॐ and Devanagari script

I learned the Devanagari script and couldn't help but notice the similarity of the Om symbol ॐ to the symbols of the Devanagari writing system, like अं (never mind that this is pronounced aṃ).

My teacher, maybe simply as pedagogical eccentricity, was eminent that the Om symbol ॐ had nothing to do with the Devanagari script. What exactly is the origin of the Om symbol and its connection with the Devanagari script, if any?

• This question is not directly related to Hinduism. It is related to Sanskrit and Devanagri Transcript and method of writing. – Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan Jun 18 '14 at 19:43
• @AfzaalAhmadZeeshan I disagree. The nature of "om" is relevant to the practice of Hinduism. – senshin Jun 18 '14 at 19:45
• Nature of om is. But its arrival in the wording isn't. He is talking about the Script here. Not the meaning! – Afzaal Ahmad Zeeshan Jun 18 '14 at 19:46
• In Devanagari it is correctly written as ओं or ओ३म्. The universal representation is ॐ. Om or Aum is a combination of three sounds a (a-kāra), u (u-kāra), m (ma-kāra). A-kara means form or shape like earth, trees, or any other object. U-kāra means formless or shapeless like water, air or fire. Ma-kāra means neither shape nor shapeless (but still exists) like the dark energy content of the Universe – Prasanth Jun 18 '14 at 22:12
• @VineetMenon I actually thought this was a perfect comment since it didn't answer my question but added interesting information to the post. – Earthliŋ Jun 19 '14 at 10:33