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List of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India

In Hinduism, Twelve (12) temples called Jyotirlingas are dedicated to Lord Shiva. Also Called as  Jyotirlinga,  Jyotirling  or  Jyotirlingam the literal meaning of the word is :  Jyoti means ‘radiance’ and lingam the ‘mark or sign’ of Shiva, Jyotir Lingam thus means  The Radiant sign of  Almighty.

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It is believed that Lord Shiva first manifested himself as a Jyotirlinga on the night of the Aridra Nakshatra

(द्वादश ज्योतिर्लिंग स्तोत्रम् /Dvādaśa Jyotirliṅga Stotram) describes the 12 Jyotirlingas:

Saurashtra Somnatham Cha Shrishaile Mallikarjunam ||
Ujjainyam Mahakalomkare Mammaleshwaram ||
Parlyam Vaijnatham Cha Dakinyam Bheem Shankaram ||
Setu Bandhe Tu Ramesham Nagesham Daruka Vane ||
Varanasya Tu Vishwesham Tribakam Gautamitate ||
Himalaye Tu Kedaram Ghurmesham Cha Shivalaye ||
Aetani Jyotirlingani Sayam Prataha Pathennaraha ||
Sapta Janma Kritam Papam Smaranen Vinashyati ||

Here is the list of 12 Jyotirlingams in India:-
Twelve Jyotirlingas
# Jyotirlinga State Location
1 Somnath Gujarat Prabhas Patan,Saurashtra
2 Mallikārjuna Swāmi Andhra Pradesh Srisailam
3 Mahakaleshwar Madhya Pradesh Ujjain
4 Omkareshwar Madhya Pradesh Island in the Narmada River, Omkareshwar
5 Kedarnath Uttarakhand Kedarnath
6 Bhimashankar Maharashtra Bhimashankar
7 Kashi Vishwanath Temple Uttar Pradesh Varanasi
8 Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple Maharashtra Trimbakeshwar, Near Nashik
9 Baidyanath Jyotirlinga Jharkhand Deoghar
10 Nageshvara Jyotirlinga Uttarakhand Jageshwar
11 Rameshwar Tamil Nadu Rameswaram
12 Ghushneshwar Maharashtra Aurangabad

May Lord Shiva bless all people of the world on the auspicious occasion of Maha Shiv-Ratri!

 

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Visiting the holy temples that reassure Shiva’s mythology across India

Lord Shiva, generally referred to as ‘The Destructor’ or ‘The Parmatma’ in Hindu mythology has been in existence since the evolution of the entire universe. Present in the prayers of most individuals and with followers all across the globe, the Lord is considered to be the Supreme God in Hinduism. Devotees throng the innumerable temples in countless numbers that are present  throughout the length and breadth of the country.

‘Shiv Ratri’ is the time when the descent of followers to the temples increases manifold times and all gather to seek the blessings of the deity. Pouring in milk that is considered holy for Shiva, the followers  make a beeline to offer their prayers. There are thousands of ‘lingams’ in India , but some have a specific importance attached to them. From ages, they have been considered to be the best places to visit, in order to get the blessings of the Lord.

The important ones are called ‘Jyotirlingas’ and are twelve in number. Somnatha, Mallikarjuna, Mahakala, Omkara, Kedara, Bhimshankara, Vishvanatha, Tryambaka, Vaidynatha, Nagesha, Rameshwara and Ghushnesha. We will be visiting four of the top ones that you can’t afford to miss. Let’s take a sneak-peek for experiencing and making memories.

  • Kedarnath Temple:  The northernmost of the jyotirlingas, it is present in the Himalayas that adds a sense of mysticism to it. Being snow capped for six months of the year, the temple opens from May to October. The last leg of twelve kilometers have to be covered either on foot or on a pony. Getting to Kedarnatha can be by bus or train. Called as the home of the Lord, the place is a must visit for every Shiva devotee. The lingam at the temple is in the shape of the hump of a buffalo and has its own importance in Hindu mythology.Image
  • Somnath Temple: Situatedon the western coast of Gujarat, India, near Saurashtra, this temple has its importance in the turn of events of the Lord’s life. The temple’s meaning depicts “The Protector of Moon God.” It has been destroyed by various kings and rulers, but restoration work is always on the move at the place. You can visit the place all the year around. Catch the latest flight or train and get going.

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  • Shiv Dol:  This temple stands on the bank of the Borpukhuri tank in the heart of Shivasagar, Assam, in the North-East. It is believed to be the tallest temple in India, has height of 104 feet and its perimeter is around 195 feet at the base. The golden-dome has a height of eight feet and every year a huge fair is organized during Shivratri to offer prayers. Visit the place to experience the magic. Image
  • Nageshwar Temple: The most prominent Shiva shrines in India, it is located on the outskirts of Dwarka, Gujarat. A lot is said about the mythology that goes about the origin of this temple. The shrine is a huge attraction for devotees from across the country and even tourists throng the place to catch a glimpse of the place.

ImageThe above mentioned places have facts and stories that differ from place to place and lend more mysticism about them. Lord Shiva, rules the entire universe and placing your offerings in front of the Supreme god, you will get lucky. So, pack your bags and book your tickets for that ultimate divine experience. If, you have visited any place or other shrines, do share your experience.

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