Har Har Mahadev! Lord Shiva is one of the most highly revered God in the Hindu pantheon. Regarded as 'the transformer' in the trinity of the supreme divinity, he is also known as Adiyogi Shiva - the patron God of Yoga, meditation and arts! Shiva is a pan- Hindu deity and has many benevolent and fearsome depictions.
Let's take a tour through the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. Jyotirlinga means 'The Radiant Sign of The Almighty Shiva', a devotional object representing the supreme god Shiva. Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva are considered very pious and are highly revered amongst the Hindu community.
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The legend of Jyotirlinga
According to the Siva Mahapurana, once the Hindu trinity had an argument over supremacy of creation! To settle the debate, Supreme God Shiva pierced the three worlds and a huge infinite pillar of light appeared. The light was solidified into the form of a Shiva Linga and the worship of Linga is considered to be the prime worship of Lord Shiva; Worship of all other forms is considered secondary.
Let's take a look at the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines in India
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Located in the region of Saurashtra in Gujarat, the Jyotirlinga pilgrimage begins with the Somnath temple. The temple, that was destroyed and re-built sixteen times, is held in high reverence throughout India and is rich in legend, tradition, and history.
Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga temple in Andhra Pradesh
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Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga temple is located in Rayalaseema of Andhra Pradesh. This architecturally and sculpturally opulent temple is a place where Shakti Peetha and Jyotirlinga are together!
Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga in Madhya Pradesh
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Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga is one of the most famous and important temples of Lord Shiva located in the Ujjain of Maharashtra. The Lingam at Mahakal is believed to be a Swayambhu (self-manifested)!
Omkareshwar temple in Madhya Pradesh
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Omkareshwar is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva on Mandhata island in Madhya Pradesh. The shape of the island is said to be in the form of 'OM'!
Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand
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Kedarnath in Uttarakhand is revered as the closest Jyotirlinga to Lord Shiva's eternal abode of Mount Kailash! Nestled in the snow-clad Himalayas, this ancient shrine is rich in legend and tradition, and is accessible only for six months a year.
Bhimashankar in Maharashtra
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Bhimashankar temple is a Jyotirlinga shrine located near Pune and is one amongst the 5 Jyotirlinga shrines in Maharashtra! Bhimashankar is the source of the river Bhima.
Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Uttar Pradesh
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The Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh is a home to the Vishwanath Jyotirlinga shrine, which is perhaps the most sacred of Hindu shrines! It is the holiest of all Shiva temples.
Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple in Maharashtra
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Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple, near Nasik in Maharashtra, is a Jyotirlinga shrine associated with the origin of the Godavari river.
Nageshvara Jyotirlinga in Maharashtra
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Nageshvara Jyotirlinga located in Ondya district of Maharashtra is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines mentioned in the Shiva Purana and is believed to be the first such shrine!
Baidyanath Temple in Jharkhand
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Located in Deoghar of Jharkhand, Baidyanath Temple is a temple complex consisting of the main temple of Baba vaidyanath, where the Jyotirlinga is installed, and 21 other temples.
Ramanathaswamy Temple in Tamil Nadu
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Ramanathaswamy temple in Rameswaram of Tamil Nadu is revered as the southernmost of the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines in India. This temple has the longest corridor among all Hindu temples in India!
Grishneshwar temple in Maharashtra
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Grishneshwar temple is located in Ellora, less than a kilometre from Ellora caves, in Maharashtra. It is believed to be the last or the twelfth Jyotirlingas on the earth.
These are the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva! Travel to these Jyotirlinga shrines in India for a spiritual uplift. Happy Travelling:)