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Awaken your spirituality at Jyotirlingas

The moment you decide to awake the spirituality within is also the time when you feel the zeal to explore the sacred places. If you have been feeling the same lately, then you are on the right page.

In the following article you will uncover the secrets of the 12 sacred Jyotirlingas. As per Hindu mythology, these Jyotirlingas are a holy embodiment of the almighty Lord Shiva. Here “Jyoti” indicates light whereas “Linga” means sign and hence, known as the light of Lord Shiva

Each of the 12 Jyotirlinga has its own manifestation. Let’s read about the same

1. Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga, Aurangabad

This Jyotirlinga is in Verul village which is 20 km from Dhaulatabad, near Aurangabad. It was built by Ahilyabai Holkar, who also re-constructed Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga in Varanasi. Here, Lord Shiva is manifested as Ghushmeshwar, the one who saved a son of one of his devotees from death

2. Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga, Nasik

This temple of Lord Shiva is 30 kms from Nasik, Maharashtra near the Brahmagiri mountain from where the river Godavari flows. It is considered the source of river Godavari, the most sacred river in the South. According to Shiv Purana, Lord Shiva asked Ganga to flow through to purify the land and then he resides beside Ganga as Trimbakeshwar. It is also believed to fulfill devotee’s prayer

3. Nageshwar Jyotirlinga, Gujarat

This Jyotirlinga is also known as Nagnath temple located on the coast of Saurashtra in Gujarat. Here, Lord Shiva is manifested as Nageshwar. Long ago, a demon named Daaruka imprisoned several locals along with a devotee of Shiva. The devotee convinced other locals to pray to the almighty. When the demon tried to kill the devotee; Lord Shiva, himself put an end to him

4. Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga, Pune

This Jyotirlinga is placed on the banks of Bhima river, also considered as the source of this river. As per the belief, this is the place where Lord Shiva and Bhima, son of Kumbhakarana fought which put the demons and Bhima to ashes. Lord Shiva’s sweat that poured from the battle formed Bhima river. Hence, the name Bhimashankar

5. Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga, Jharkhand

Also known as Baidyanath, this Jyotirlinga is in the Santal Parganas of Jharkhand. This highly honored temple is believed to free you from all your worries and miseries. If you worship wholeheartedly, you can attain salvation. Here, Lord Shiva manifests as a Vaidya who revived the demon king Ravana by joining his heads to the body. Find out the mythological story behind the same by paying a visit to such an auspicious shrine

6. Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga, Madhya Pradesh

This Jyotirlinga is on Shivpuri island in Narmada river in Madhya Pradesh. Lord Shiva embodied here as Omkareshwar i.e. the Lord of the Om sound. This temple has huge significance in Hindu religion because this is where the combat between the danavas and Lord Shiva took place. The three-eyed turned danavas into ashes restoring faith of the devas

7. Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, Madhya Pradesh

This Jyotirlinga is situated in the thick Mahakal forest in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. This temple has great significance in the central India. Because it is considered as one of the seven “Mukti-sthal” a place that can liberate humans. Like other Jyotirlingas, it also has several mythological stories that explains its existence and importance. Plan a tour to this temple Rajput Holidays and explore the same

8. Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga, Andhra Pradesh

Another name of this Jyotirlinga is “Kailash of the South”. This one of the top religious shrines in Shaivism is placed on Shri Shaila Mountain, Andhra Pradesh. As per the Shiv Purana, this is the place where Lord Shiva and Goddesses Parvati inhabited when they went to console Kartikeya, their elder son but were turned away. That’s when Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati decided to embody themselves as the mountain Mallikarjuna where Mallika means “Parvati” and Arjuna is another name for Lord Shiva

9. Somnath Jyotirlinga, Gujarat

This Jyotirlinga is one of the most sacred and celebrated jyotirlingas. Just like every linga, it also has a story attached according to it which you can find out once you visit. Outcome of the story was that Lord Shiva accepted the name Somachandra and resided here eternally. Since then he is also called Somnath

10. Rameshwar Jyotirlinga, Tamil Nadu

This Jyotirlinga is located on the southernmost part of the country, Rameshwaram. According to the legend, Lord Rama on his way to Sri Lanka stooped here and worshipped Lord Shiva to defeat Ravana. The Linga then turned into Jyotirlinga and resided here for the generations to come. Apart from its significance, this pilgrimage is known for its architecture, towers, adorned corridors and 36 theerthams

11. Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga, Varanasi

The Jyotirlinga of Kashi Vishwanath is situated at Kashi, now known as Banaras. Though this pilgrimage has rebuilt quite a few times but haven’t lost its preeminence. Despite being a holy city of Ghats and holy river Ganga, this place is crowd puller for this Jyotirlinga. It is considered to be the dearest to Lord Shiva. It is believed that Lord Shiva resides here and who so ever dies at Banaras attains liberation

12. Kedarnath Jyotirlinga, Uttarakhand

This holy Jyotirlinga is located at a height of 12,000 ft on Kedar mountain on Rudra Himalayan Range. As per mythological stories, Lord Shiva was pleased by two incarnations of Lord Vishnu and took permanent abode in Kedarnath in from of this Jyotirlinga. To visit this place, you need to keep two essential things in mind. One, this pilgrimage is only open for a period of six months in a year. Two, it is believed that you must visit Yamunotri and Gangotri to collect holy water to be offered at Kedarnath. It fulfils your desired wish

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