There are 12 Jyotirlings in India and they represent different incarnations of Lord Shiva. These 12 jyotirling name are different. These 12 Jyotirlingas are spread across the country in different states.
Jyotirlingas are twelve revere Shiva temples, consider to be the most sacre and powerful temples of Lord Shiva.
The twelve Jyotirlingas of India are:
- Somnath- Somnath is traditionally consider the first pilgrimage site because it holds the Dwadash Jyotirlinga . It is Present at Prabhas Patan, Gujrat , this temple has been rebuilt sixteen times. Due to its rich history, it is widely reverse in India.
- Mallikārjuna- Mallikārjusailam, is located on a mountain in Kurnool District in Rayalaseema. Hence, It houses the Shivalinga that was worship by Sri Adi Shankaracharya and from which he compose his Bhajan, the “Shivananda Lahari.”
- Mahakaleshwar- Mahakal, Ujjain is home to the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple. One thing particularly striking about this site is the fact that unlike other Lingams which are said to be self-manifest, this particular one is believe to have materialize on its own – a truly rare phenomenon! Another interesting fact that makes Mahakal stand out from the crowd is the regard and respect it enjoys even from people belonging to other religions.
Omkareshwar- Omkareshwar is in Madhya Pradesh on an island in the Narmada River, home to a Jyotirlinga shrine as well as a temple dedicate to the goddess known as Mamaleshwar.
- Kedarnath- Kedarnath is one of the most sacre Hindu temples dedicate to Lord Shiva. It is an ancient temple present in Kedar valley of Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand state, India. The temple is famous for a very special reason.
- Bhimashankar – Bhimashankar is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva, present in the Indian state of Maharashtra. So, It is locate on a hilltop at an elevation of 711 m (2362 ft) above sea level, overlooking the city of Karad in the Western Ghats. It is believe that as per Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva perform the ‘Bhima-Tandava’ in this place. Now it is said Lord Shiva also did Ashtabhima here.
- Vishwanath- The Kashi Vishwanath (Vishweshwar) Temple in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh is directly across from the Durga Kund. It was build atop an ancient temple of Lord Shiva, probably dating to the Gupta Period, and may have created under King Shantivarman. Now the temple sits on a low platform made of stone with carve figures enclose by pillars on three sides.
Trimbakeshwar- The Trimbakeshwar Temple is a Hindu pilgrimage site of Lord Shiva. It is in Nashik, Maharashtra and was make during the 11th century by the Solanki Kings.
- Nageshwar- Nageshwar Jyotirlinga is one of the twelve jyotirlingas , or Pillars of Light, in Hinduism. In addition to being associate with the legend of Krishna destroying Daruka, it is also believe that one pray here can have all their desires fulfill. It is one of the very few sites in India that has a natural jyotirling made up of crystal clear water.
- Baidyanath- One of the 12 Jyotirling temples of India, the Baba Baidyanath Temple situate in Deoghar, a place of immense natural beauty. It dates back to the 7th century and is visit by hordes of devotees every year. who come here to pay their homage to Lord Shiva. This temple is locate at a distance of around 43 kilometers from Deoghar itself. And approximately 147 kilometers from Ranchi. You can also reach here by road or rail transport easily as well..
- Rameshwaram- Rameshwaram, in Tamil Nadu, is home to the Sri Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple. This temple houses the Rameshwar Jyothirlinga and is the southernmost of the 12 Jyotirlingas shrines of India.
- Grishneshwar- Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is a Hindu temple whose name originate from Shiva Purana. This underground cave shrine dedicate to Lord Shiva. It is intricately carve inside the Charanandri Hills in Kirshner Taluka of Pune district. This place is about 3 kilometers from Amboli hill station. Therefore, On Pune-Nashik Highway and 800 meters from Kambeshwar Mahadev Temple in Amboli.
Maha jyotirlinga is one of the most sacre 12 jyotirlingas in India. Maha means great, Jyotirlinga means temple of light. So, The 12 jyotirlingas are Somnath in Gujarat, Mallikarjuna at Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh. Mahakaleshwar at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, Omkareshwar in Madhya Pradesh, Kedarnath in Uttarakhand. Bhimashankar in Maharashtra, Nageswar at Dwarka in Gujarat, Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu. Grishneshwar in Maharashtra, Baidyanath in Jharkhand and Triambakeshwar in Maharashtra. Now, If you love to read and use this post as travel guide must check out other blog Chittod ka kila. Also check our other blogs