Jyotirlingas are very important in Hinduism. 12 Jyotirlingas located at 12 different places of the country and play an important role in maintaining the unity of their country.
There are many Shiva temples and Shiva Dham in India but the 12 Jyotirlingas are important to visit, according to mythology Lord Shiva himself lives in these Jyotirlingas, there is a belief that visiting these Jyotirlingas you experience peace and one will free from all the sin.
What is Jyotirlinga and how they are originated?
When you break the word Jyotirlinga, the first word becomes "Jyoti" which means "shine" and "Linga" reveals the form of Lord Shankar. Jyotirlinga directly means the divine form of Lord Shiva. These Jyotirlingas are considered to be a different form of Shiva, now you would definitely like to know what these Jyotirlingas and how these Jyotirlingas originated, according to the Shiva Purana, at that time of lightning, a bright object fell from the sky and spread different part of the earth, these bodies have been given the name of 12 Jyotirlingas.
Somnath Jyotirling, Gujarat
Somnath Jyotirlinga located in Saurashtra region of Gujarat is considered to be the first Jyotirlinga of the earth, which is called Somkund or Sinhaka-Tirtha.
Mallikarjun Jyotirling, Andhra Pradesh
Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga is situated on the Srisailam Mountain on the banks of Krishna River in Andhra Pradesh, this temple is also known as Sri Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Temple and Srisailam and also known as 18th Shakti Peeth of Mallikarjuna and Parvati
Mahakaleshwar, Temple Ujjain
Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga is situated near the Shipra River in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. It is the only temple in all the Jyotirlingas which is south facing.
Omkareshwar Temple, Ujjain
Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga located near Indore in Madhya Pradesh is one of the holiest places in India. Along with Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga There is one more Mamleshwar Jyotirlinga present here, the river Narmada flows and the flow of the river creates the shape of Om around the hill.
Kedarnath jyotirlinga, Uttarakhand
Kedarnath jyotirlinga is situated in the Rudra Himalayan Range in the Uttaranchal state of India one of the four shrines of Hinduism, Pilgrims visiting Kedarnath first go to Gangotri and Yamunotri to take holy water, which they offer to the Kedarnath Shivaling. The distance from Haridwar to Kedarnath is 150 km. Kedarnath is also found in Shiva Purana and Skanda Purana.
Shree Bhimashankar Jyotirling Mandir Bhimashankar, Maharashtra
Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga is located on a mountain named Sahyadri Hills in the Pune district of Maharashtra.
The Bhima River also rises from this hill and this river goes further and joins the Krishna River. This temple dates back to the 18th century.
This Jyotirlinga is located in Uttar Pradesh Varanasi, Vishwanath's temple is located on the western side of the Ganges along with this Jyotirlinga, it is also considered as Shakti Peeth, In ancient times the city of Varanasi was known as Kashi, now it’s known as Kashi Vishwanath, is one of the most famous Hindu temples in the center of the north.
Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga, Maharashtra Nashik
Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga is situated in Nashik district of Maharashtra at the bank of Godavari river originates from the nearby Brahmagiri Mountain. It’s a specialty because it has three faces.
One Lord Vishnu, one Brahma, and one Lord Shiva. A gem-studded crown is placed near this linga which is seen as the face of Tridev.
Nageshwar Jyotirlinga, Gujarat Jamnagar
The temple of Nageshwar Jyotirlinga is situated on the banks of Saurashtra in Gujarat between Gomti Dwarka and Bait Dwarka. Nageshwar Jyotirlinga is the most popular Jyotirlinga. Nageshwar is considered to be one of the most powerful Jyotirlingas on the earth, symbolizing the protection of all kinds of poisons. Thousands of devotees arrive here every year to seek blessings in the holy temple of Nageshwar Mahadev.
Baba Baidyanath Jyotirlinga, Jharkhand Deoghar
Baba Baidyanath Jyotirlinga is also known as Baba Baidyanath Dham, It’s located in Deoghar of Santhal Pargana Division in Jharkhand. It is also known as one of the 52 Shakti Peethas of the Hindu religion, there is the belief that Ravan worshiped of Lord Shiva here for many years and invited Shiva to Lanka, Shiva entrusted himself to Ravan in the form of a Shivling and said that this Shivling should not fall down until it reaches to Lanka, but Ravana disobeyed Lord Shiva and before reaching Lanka Shivling fell down from his hands in Deoghar, since then Lord Shiva started living in Devghar as Baidyanath.
Rameshwar Jyotirlinga, Tamil Nadu
This Jyotirlinga is located in Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu. It is an island surrounded by the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Sea; Lord Rama created and worshiped this Jyotirlinga after killing Ravana, the temple is surrounded by the sea, Rameswaram Jyotirlinga popularly known as Varanasi of the South is one of the most worshiped Jyotirlingas in India. When devotees visiting Jyotirling, they prefer to visit Dhanushkodi beach, from where Lord Rama built Ramsetu.
Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga, Aurangabad Maharashtra
The Jyotirling is located in the village of Verul near the caves of Ajanta and Ellora in Aurangabad, this is built by Ahilyabai Holkar is also known as Grumeshwar and Kusameshwar. The Dashavatar statue of Vishnu carved on a red rock is the center of attraction here.