The Twelve Holy Jyotirlinga Temples in India
What is Jyotirlinga? Jyotirlinga or Jyotirling or Jyotirlingam, according to information available in Wikipedia, is “a devotional object representing the God Shiva. Jyoti means ‘radiance’ and lingam the ‘mark or sign’ of Shiva, or a symbol of the pineal gland; Jyotir Lingam thus means The Radiant sign of The Almighty”. It is a hot topic for Shiviites.
There are twelve Jyotirlinga shrines or temples in India. The Jyotirlinga shrines are one of the most sacred places for Hindus and more so for the Shaivites. These holy places are spread across the vast expanse of India in different states and regions. Maharashtra is the most blessed land as far as Jyotirlinga sites are concerned for it has five locations. Seven out of the total 12 sites are in the triangular circuit of Maharashtra-Madhya Pradesh-Gujarat.
It is believed that originally there were 64 Jyotirlingas. But only 12 of them are considered to be holy. Each site is known by the name of its presiding deity. The notable aspect of these sites is that you can see the image of ‘lingam’ here. It is also believed that Lord Shiva first manifested himself as Jyotirlinga. The Jyotirlinga shrines are places where Shiva appeared as a fiery column of light.
Video of Jyotirlinga Prayer
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The following are the 12 Jyotirlinga Temples in India. (The exact place & state are given in bracket).
- Somnath Temple (Gujarat)
- Mallikarjuna Temple (Andhra Pradesh)
- Mahakaleshwara Temple (Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh)
- Omkareshwar Temple (Madhya Pradesh)
- Vaidyanath (Baidyanath) Temple (Deogarh in Jharkhand)
- Bhimashankar (Maharashtra)
- Rameshwar (Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu)
- Nageshwar Temple (Dwaraka, Gujarat)
- Visweswar or Kashi Vishwanath Temple (Varanasi/Banaras, UP)
- Trimbakeshwar (Near Nashik, Maharashtra)
- Kedareswar (Kedarnath, Uttarakhand)
- Grishneshwar (Aurangabad, Maharashtra).
Photos of the above temples are given below for a clear comprehension. It is believed that those who chant the Dwadasa Jyotirlinga Sthrothram or prayer will attain salvation. Video of the prayer is appended above. A visit to any one of the twelve temples will be a rich experience and you will also be immensely blessed. If you are lucky enough to visit all these shrines, you are entitled to salvation and enlightenment. Some Hindu scholars claim that one who visits any of these sites gets all his wishes fulfilled. One thing is sure that the experience you get out of this spiritual tour will purify your mind and body.
A Video (TV Documentary) on Jyotirlinga
A Pictorial Tour to the sacred sites of Jyotirlinga
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