Twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. According to Hinduism there are 12 jyotirlingas of lord Shiva. And he appeared himself there to fulfill wish of devote. These Jyotirlingas are in different place of India.
“ sauraashtr somanaath ch, shreeshail mallikaarjunam, ujjainy mahaakaalamonkaaramaleshvarama.
paralya vaidyanaatham ch, daakinya bheemaashankaram, setubande tu ramesh, nagesh darukavane.
varanusyaan tu vishveshan, tryambakan gautameet, himaalaye tu kedaaran, ghrtaadeshan ch shivalaye .
etaani jyotirlingaani saayan praat: pathennar, saptajanmakrtan paapan smaranen vinashyati.”
It’s mean whoever remembers names or twelve Jyotirlingas morning and evening. Whom all guilty are removed till previous seven birth.
Story of twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva
According to Shivpuran, once there was a debate between Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma, who is the best among the two. Lord Shiva produced twelve light pillars to calm the debate and said to find its edge. Brahma and Vishnu went out separately in the three locos to see the beginning and ending of those pillars. Lord Vishnu accepted his defeat but lord Brahma lied to find those. Due to which Lord Shiva got angry with Brahma Ji and cursed him that no one will worship you. Purana also describes that Jyotirlingas was established wherever these pillars of light originated. Jyotirlinga = Jyoti + Linga. Jyoti means light and Linga means identification.
Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga is on the banks of river Godavari on the Brahmagiri mountain at Trimbak in Trimbakeshwar district. This temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva.
Nageshvara Jyotirlinga in Twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva
Nageshvara Jyotirlinga is in Darukavanam of Dwarka District fo Gujarat. It is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga. It is one of the most important pilgrims in Hinduism. This Temple is just 18 km far from Dwarka Dham and 242 km from Somnath Jyotirling. There is also description of Nagesvara temple in Shiv Puran. Darukavana was the forest’s name in ancient India. There is 25 meter tall statue of lord Shiva is a major attraction.
Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga
Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. People call it the Golden Temple of Lord Bholenath. It is on the western bank of the holy river Maa Ganga in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. It is the seventh and most important Jyotirlinga in the twelve Jyotirlingas, which is also the abode of liberation. Where a person comes for self peace and freedom from the world. Vishwanath means the master of the world, the lord of the world.
Baidyanath Jyotirlinga is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. And it is also a Shaktipeeth along with Jyotirlinga. Jai Durga Shaktipeeth Baidyanath Dham, Sati’s heart had fallen here. Therefore, this place is very important in Hinduism. Baidyanath Temple is in Sivaganga locality in Deoghar district of Jharkhand. Deoghar means the home of gods. It touch Bhagalpur district in the north, Dumka in the south-east and Giridih in the west. This temple is very ancient. Ravana worshiped here of lord Shiva.
Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga in Twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva
Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. It is located near the caves of Ellora in Veerul, Aurangabad district of Maharashtra. This is the temple of Lord Shiva. Mughals ruined it between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Muslim rulers broke many times this temple. Queen Ahilyabai Holkar rebuilt it in the 16th century. There is also description of this temple in Shivpurana and Padma Purana.
Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga is on the banks of river Narmada in Khandwa district of Malwa province in Madhya Pradesh. This temple is 151 km away from Ujjain and 80 km away from Indore. It is a natural Shivling. Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga comes fourth in the 12 Jyotirlingas. Amaleshwar Jyotirlinga is considered to be the same thing. Both these temples are on different banks of the river facing at bank of river Narmada.
Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga is both Jyotirlinga as well as Shaktipeeth. This is the second Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva. The temple is on the Srisailam mountain on the banks of the Krishna River in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. Devotees also consider it as the Kailash of South India. This temple is a Jyotirlinga as well as a Shaktipeeth where the neck part of the Mata’s dropped. It is the temple of Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati.
Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga is in Bhorgiri village on the Sahyadri Mountains of Maharashtra. It is 106 km away from Pune and 200 km away from Mumbai. This temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Hinduism. The name Bhimashankar is believed to have originated from the word Bhima due to the battle between Lord Shiva and the demon Bhima. The Bhimashankar temple is a mixture of old and new structures in the Nagra style. This temple was built in the 13th century.
Kedarnath Jyotirlinga is in the state of Uttarakhand in India. The Shiva Linga of the Kedarnath temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas and it is one among the Char Dham and Panchkedar of Uttarakhand of Hinduism. After establishing Char Dham in the four directions of India, Jagatguru Shankaracharya took samadhi here at the age of 32 at Shri Kedarnath Dham. He built the present temple. The temple of Srikaidarnath is a grand and huge temple built at an altitude of 2593 meters. King Kedar ruled over seven continents and was a very pious king.
Mahakal Jyotirlinga is in the religious city of Avantika. Which has been inhabited for thousands of years, on the fact of Shipra river in Malwa, Madhya Pradesh. Puranas also describe about Mahakal temple. This is also the city of temples. Where Mahadev is present in different form in the Chaurasi Linga. People also calle the Maharaj of Avantika to Mahakal. It is a natural Shivling. And the story about it is that Lord Shiva himself appeared to slay a corrupt monster and to save a Brahmin child from his wrath.
Rameswaram Jyotirlinga is in a small island in the Indian Ocean in Ramanathapuram district, Tamil Nadu. This temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas and four Dhamas. Lord Sri Rama and Sita Mata worshiped it here by making Shivling themselves and hence its importance is also high. Lord Rama killed Ravana and Ravana was a Shiva devotee as well as a Brahmin. Therefore, Lord Shri Rama returned back and worshiped Lord Shiva by making a Shiva lingam in this place to prevent the Brahm Hatya Dosha.
Somnath Jyotirling is in Prabhas Patan near Junagadh in Saurashtra on the west coast of Gujarat. This is the first of the twelve Jyotirlinga temples of Shiva. It is an important pilgrimage and tourist destination of Gujarat. Muslim rulers broke it many times. The present temple was rebuilt in the Chalukya style of Hindu temple architecture and was completed in May 1951.