Twelve Jyotirlinga Temples In India

12 jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva In India are  the holiest of holy shrines of Lord Shiva. Jyotirlinga are the 12 special shrines dedicated to Shiva since ancient times .A Jyotirlinga or Jyotirling or Jyotirlingam is a shrine where Lord Shiva,an aspect of God in Hindusim is worshipped in the form of a Jyotirlingam or Lingam of Light, There are Twelve Jyotirlinga Temples in India .These 12 jyotirlinga shrines are Trimbakeshwar Temple Near Nashik , Baba Baidyanath Temple,in Deoghar ,  Bhimashankar Temple Sahyadri Hills near Pune , Grishneshwar Temple near Ellora, Kashi Vishwanath Templein  Varanasi , Kedarnath Temple In  Garhwal Himalayan range , Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain , Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga Temple Srisailam , Omkareshwar Temple near Indore, Ramanatha Swamy Temple in  Rameshwaram , Somnath Temple near Veraval .

Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple Nashik :- Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple - Shri Trimbakeshwar Temple is located at a distance of about 28 km from Nashik, Trimbakeshwar temple is one of the 12 jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva, the holiest of holy shrines of Lord Shiva . The extraordinary feature of the Jyotirlinga located here is its three faces embodying Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Rudra. Due to excessive use of water, the linga has started to erode. It is said that this erosion symbolizes the eroding nature of human society.

Baba Baidyanath Jyotirlinga Temple Deoghar :Vaidyanath Temple, also called Vaijnath Temple and Baidyanth Dham is located at Deogarh in the Santal Parganas region of Jharkhand in the south west of Keeul Station. Baidyanath shrine is revered as one of the twelve Jyotirlingams of Shiva. It may be noted that some schools of thought believe Vaidyanath near Parli in Mahrastra to be the Vaidyanatha Jyotirlingam.

Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga  Temple Sahyadri Hills  :-Bhimashankar Temple is situated in the ghat region of the Sahyadri hills in the village of Bhavagiri, 50-km north west of Khed, about 127 kms from Pune in Maharashtra. Bhima Shankar Temple lies on the banks of the river Bhima. Bhimashankar is also the source of the river Bhima, which flows southeast and merges with the Krishna River near Raichur . Bhimashankar Temple is one of the 12 jyotirlingas, the holiest of holy shrines of Lord Shiva. The image of Nandi - Lord Shiva's vahana is installed just at the entrance of the temple. It is believed that the ancient shrine was erected over a Swayambhu Linga or a Self-Emanated Shiva Linga. Thus the Linga is exactly in the centre of the floor of the Garbagriha or the Sanctum.

Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple Near Pune :-Grishneshwar Temple is the holy abode and one of the 12 jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva, the holiest of holy shrines of Lord Shiva. Grishneshwartemple is located at a distance of 11km from Daulatabad and 35 kms away from Aurangabad and about 2 km away from the UNESCO-listed Ellora Cave in Maharashtra. Daulatabad was once known as Devagiri.

Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga Temple Varanasi :-Kashi Vishwanath Temple - Kashi is One of the seven cities, considered by the Hindu's as Mokshadayikas or the cities leading to salvation. Kashi Vishwanath Temple is temples dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Varanasi . Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the 12 jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva, the holiest of holy shrines of Lord Shiva. Varanasi has a temple of almost all the major Hindu Gods and Goddesses. As the name suggests the supreme brilliance shines here and thus it is obviously chosen as his abode by Lord Shiva to emanate in his blazing linga form. Here he is known as Vishwanatha, the Lord of Universe.This city is also known as Varanasi as it is located between the two rivers Varana and Asi. The importance of this place lies in the fact that it encompasses one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in its folds.

Kedarnath Jyotirlinga  Temple Rudra Himalaya Range  :-Kēdārnāth temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Located on the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini river . Kēdārnāth temple is one of the 12 jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva, the holiest of holy shrines of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva manifested in the form of Jyotirlingam or the cosmic light.  This ancient and magnificient Kedarnath temple is located in the Rudra Himalaya range. This temple, over a thousand years old is built of massive stone slabs over a large rectangular platform.Ascending through the large gray steps leading to the holy sanctums we find inscriptions in Pali on the steps.Kedarnath forms one of the four sites of the Chota Char Dham Pilgrimage.

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple Ujjain :-Mahakaleshwar Temple One of the seven Moksha Puris, Ujjain is the abode of Mahakaleshwar, the Shiva who incarnated to protect his devotees from untimely death. Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple  is situated in the town of Ujjain. Ujjain is near Indore, and is reached by train via Ratlam or Bhopal . Mahakaleshwar Temple is One of the 12 Jyotirlingas Temples of Lord Shiva, the holiest of holy shrines of Lord Shivain  the lingam at the Mahakal is believed to be swayambhu (born of itself), deriving currents of power (Shakti) from within itself as against the other images and lingams which are ritually established and invested with mantra-shakti.

The idol of Mahakaleshwar is known to be dakshinamurti, facing the South. This is a unique feature, upheld by tantric tradition to be found only in Mahakaleshwar among the 12 jyotirlingas. The idol of Omkareshwar Shiva is consecrated in the sanctum above the Mahakal shrine. The images of Ganesh, Parvati and Karttikeya are installed in the west, north and east of the sanctum sanctorum. To the south is the image of Nandi.

Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga Temple Srisailam :-Sri Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Temple or Srisailam Temple is dedicated to the deities Shiva and Parvati, located at Srisailam . Mallikarjuna Temple  is a Swayambulinga (self-manifested) and is revered as one of the 12 Jyothirlingas of Lord Shiva, the holiest of holy shrines of Lord Shiva .The devout believe that one can attain mukti by taking birth at Srisailam. The sanctity of the hill is extolled in Mahabharatha, Skanda Purana and many other religious scriptures.

Nagnath Jyotirlinga Temple Nageshwar :-Nageshwar Nagnath Temple  is located on the route between Gomati Dwarka and the Bait Dwarka Island on the coast of Saurashtra in Gujarat. The Jyotirlinga enshrined in the Temple of Nagnath is known as Nageshwar Mahadev and attracts thousands of pilgrims all round the year. Nageshwar Temple is one of the 12 jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva, the holiest of holy shrines of Lord Shiva . This powerful Jyotirlinga symbolizes protection from all poisons. It is said that those who pray to the Nageshwar Linga become free of poison. The Rudra Samhita sloka refers to Nageshwar with the phrase 'Daarukaavane Naagesham'.

OmkareshwarJyotirlinga Temple Near Indore :-Omkareshwar Temple is  dedicated to God Shiva. Omkareshwar Temple is one of the 12 jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva, the holiest of holy shrines of Lord Shivas  . Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga located on the south bank of Narmada River on Omkar mountain an island in mid Narmada . Omkareshwar, the sacred island, shaped like the holiest of all Hindu symbols, ‘Om', has drawn hundreds of generations of pilgrims. Here, at the confluence of the rivers Narmada and Kaveri, the devout have gathered to kneel before the Jyotirlinga (one of the twelve throughout India) at the temple of Shri Omkar Mandhata. Mahmud of Ghazni had invaded and severely damaged the temples at Omkareshwar in the 11th century. Peshwa Baji Rao II had to build a new one as the earlier ones were mutilated beyond repair..

Ramanatha Swamy Jyotirlinga Temple Rameshwaram :-Rameshwaram Ramanatha Swamy Temple - Ramanathaswamy Temple  temple dedicated to the god Shiva located on Rameswaram island . Ramanathaswamy temple is one of the 12 jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva, the holiest of holy shrines of Lord Shiva . Rameshwaram is one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimage centres in India, second only to Varanasi itself. However, a pilgrimage to Varanasi too is not considered complete without a trip to the temple of Sri Ramanatha in the island of Rameshwaram, where Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva on his way back from his triumphant expedition to Lanka. The temple is said to enshrine one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of India. Shaped like a conch, this colossal temple was originally built by Lord Rama himself. A magnificent railway bridge connects the island to the mainland. One can see Sethu here, the bridge said to be built by Sri Rama and his army to cross over to Lanka and the Sethupathis of Ramanathapuram (ancient name of Rameshwarm) were called the 'guardians of the Sethu'.

Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple Veraval :-Somnath Mahadev Temple Gujarat -  Somnath Temple the  abode of Lord Shiva is the first of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, the holiest of holy shrines of Lord Shiva. Located in Prabhas Patan near the town of Veraval in Western part of Gujarat. Veraval is reached from Rajkot. There is an interesting story associated with the emergence of this Jyotirlinga, mentioned in the Puranam . Somnath Temple is dedicated to Someshwara, the Lord Shiva, with moon on his head. It is an important pilgrimage and tourist spot of Gujarat. The temple's imposing architecture includes intricate carvings, silver doors, an impressive Nandi idol and the central shivalinga. In the vast courtyard stand the massive man

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