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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

12 Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiv

Shivaratri has been celebrated for two days together without break this year. In my previous blog “Shivratri; Reasons and celebration” I have discussed about the reasons for the celebration. Now, here is another blog on the Jyotirlinga present across the country.

There are twelve sacred Images of Lord Shiva called Lingas seen across the country. This blog is to discuss about all the holy Lingas in a bit detail- They are called Jyotirlinga however, there are countless Linga present in the country but 12 are noticeable. Why?  Let’s come to know

But before that, I would talk about literally meaning of Jyotirlinga. Since the word is derived from ancient language Sanskrit.

Meaning of Jyotirilinga- “Jyoti” mean “radiance or rays (in terms of appearance of Lord Shiva) thus,  Jyotirlinga means “Radiant Appearance of lord Shiva”

Why twelve Jyotirlinga only?
12 Jyotirlinga (Google photo-edited)

As I said there are 12 Jyotirlingas across the country.
They say- lord Shiva was personally said to be present in the 12 sites where the Lingas were placed to mark his presence.
Here I will try to give details of the sites

Let’s start alphabetically;

Bhamashankar Jyotirlinga:-

This is also known as Moteshwar Mahadev. It is located on the Shayadri hills in Pune in Maharashtra and about 50 km away from northwest of Rajguru Nagar. It is believed that the temple has purgative powers if you offer prayers after the sun rise in the morning every day.

Baidhnath Jyoritlinga:

As per the mythological evidence Ravan, who was killed by Ram, established the Baidhnath Temple. It is located in district Deoghar in Jharkhand. The area is known for abode of deities.

Ghrineshwar Jyotirlinga

It is located in Daulatabad in Maharashtra. It is also known as Ghrishneshwar and Ghushmeshwar. This is the last among the 12 Jyotirlinga. People across the globe come here for peace and tranquility.
Kedarnath Jyotirlinga:

It is said to be the favourite place of Lord Shiva. Scriptures like Shiv or Skand Puran narrate the importance of the shrine. It is located in district Rudraprayag in Uttarakhand.

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga:

This is the only south faced Jyotirlinga in India. It is located in Ujjain in Madhyapradesh. The morning prayer called Bhasmaarti is famous in the world.

Malikarjuna Jyotirlinga:

It is located on the mountain called Srishail in Andhradesh  on the bank of river Krishna. It is known for purging people.
Nageshwar Jyotirlinga
This Jyotirling realizes one’s wishes if a devotee offer prayers. It is located in Dwarika in Gujrat. Lord Shiva has other name e.i. Nageshwar

Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga:

It is located in Madhya Pradesh close to the city called Indore. River Narmada flows by the temple taking the shape of “OM” . that’s the reason it is called Omkareshwar.

Rameshwaram Jyotirlinga:

Lord Rama was said to establish this temple when he was on his exile. This is one of the fourth holy places of Hindus apart from being among the 12 Jyotirling.  It is located in Ramanatpuram inTamilnadu.

Somanth Jyotirlinga:

It is in Saurashtra in Gujrat. It is said the deity moon got over from the curse at the place which he received from Daksh Prajapati. The temple has taken various shapes at every period because of foreign invasion.

Trayambekshwar Jyotirlinga:

It is located in district Nasik in Maharashtra. It is named after lord Shiva. Lord Shiva remained here as the Jyotirlinga at the behest of river Godavari and saint Gautami. 

Vishvnath Jyotirlinga:

It is in Kashi in Uttarpradesh. It is said it would remain unscathed even at the doom’s day as Lord Shiv would take the city in his trident.

So, these were the brief description of the Jyotirlinga present in the country. 
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