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Top 12 Jyotirlingas-Temple of Lord Shiva In India

India is known as the pilgrimage because here, the supreme being, the Hindu deity—Mahadev-the destroyer of evil has left his imprints throughout the country in a form of 12 Jyotirlingas. Many of you must have heard the stories of Shiva Purana while growing up, but have you ever come up with what Jyotirlingas mean are. Indian Visa helps you to find hassle free Indian E Visa. Jyotirlingas—are the shrine of Lord Shiva. People worship him in this form because it is believed that there is no form of cosmic energy—he is who, has form and he is who, has no form. The Jyotirlingas also means as the radiant sign (phallus symbol) of the Almighty. It has another meaning as well- ‘Jyoti’ means light and ‘linga’ means sign, thus Jyotirlinga is the light of Shiva.

However, if you are a peace seeker, spiritual and calm finder and want to get rid of problems, then you must visit on these 12 Jyotirlingas. Here are the complete details so that you can travel to witness the positive and cosmic energy by your own eye-

1. Somnath Jyotirlinga, Gujrat

This holy temple is considered one of the first Jyotirlingas among 12. Somnath Temple is situated in Gujrat near Veraval Kathiawad district (Prabhas Kshetra). It is a highly revered pilgrimage throughout the whole country. People fly across the country to witness this holy place. However, according to the Shiva Purana, once the moon was cursed by Prajapati Daksh, who married his 27 daughters, but moon loved Rohini the most, when Prajapati Daksh enlightened with the information, Daksh cursed the moon that he would lose all his radiance. As a result, the moon began to lose his celestial being, Rohini and other wives of moon requested Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva then, assumed moon in his matted locks and blessed him with new life and called Somchandra or Somnath.

2. Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga, Andhra Pradesh

The second Jyotirlinga named Mallikarjuna is situated on the top of Shri Shaila Mountain, near the bank of Krishna River in Andhra Pradesh. It is known as the ‘Kailash of the South’ and one of the most visited Shaivite shrines in India. According to Shiva Purana, Lord Ganesha's marriage was going to called-off because Kartikeya is the eldest and he should have to marry first, to resolve this issue, Kartikeya left Kailash and went to the Kraunch Mountain. The gods went there to console him, but he refused to come so ultimately Lord Shiva and Parvati reached to let him aware of the events of Kailash, in the meantime, Kartikeya got consoled, and he understood the situation that because of him Ganesha denied to marry and he then ready to go back. Thus, this made Shiva install Jyotirlinga named Mallikarjuna. It is believed that, if a person is just seeing this mountain tip, is get rids all the problems of life and become free from all the sins and life and death cycle.

3. Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, Madhya Pradesh

This temple is situated near the bank of the Kshipra River, in Mahakal forest in Ujjain. There are so many telling and retellings of how this Jyotirlinga came to existence. According to Shiva Purana, there was a boy named Shrikar, who took a stone and begun worshipping as Shiva. Many villagers tried to dissuade him variously but he didn’t stop. And, Shrikar’s devotion kept growing. The pure devotion and dedication pleased Mahadev. Lord Shiva came to bless him with boon and assumed the form of a Jyotirlinga in the Mahakal forest. However, it is also known as amongst the one of the seven ‘Mukti-Sthal’-a place that liberates a human from life and death cycle.

4. Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga, Madhya Pradesh

It is believed that once Bindhyachanl parvat (mountain) wanted to become the biggest mountain, in his vain. To fulfil this, he began to worship Lord Brahma to get the boon. After some time, he used his boon to placed himself as the biggest parvat, as a result, he was so heavy and Goddess Prithvi even couldn’t handle his weight. Thus, the Goddess and other deity prayed Lord Shiva to made Bindhyachal parvat release his mistake. When Bhindhya realized his mistake, he asked Shiva to place a Jyotirlinga over there. Thus, he emerged in a form of Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga. However, it is one of the most sacred pilgrimages, which is situated on an island named Shivapuri, near the Narmada River.

5. Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga, Jharkhand

This holy temple is also known as Baidyanath or Vaijnath, located at Deogarh, Santal Paranas region of Jharkhand. According to the ancient scriptures, once Demon King Ravana worshiped Shiva and tried to take Mount Kailash with him, but Shiva crushed his effort and then, Ravana asked Lord Shiva to come with him to Sri Lanka and reside there forever. On this situated, he made Ravana to give a promise to him that on the journey of Sri Lanka, he would not put the linga on earth, if it is done, then Lord Shiva would be placed there forever. On the journey of Sri Lanka, Lord Varuna entered into the body of Ravana and as a result, he needed to put the linga on the earth, but then, he found a child named Vaidya (Lord Ganesh). Ravana put the linga on Vaidya’s hand and went to relieve himself. Vaidya put the linga on the earth, thus it came to be known as Vaidyanath.

6. Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga, Maharashtra

The Bhimashankar temple is situated in the Sahyadri region of Pune, Maharashtra. This temple is considered one of the sacred pilgrimages. It has existed near Bhima River. As the ancient stories says—this Jyotirlinga is related to Bhima-the son of Kumbhakarna, when he learned that his father’s death is done by the incarnation of Vishnu as a Ram, he vowed to take avenge. He did many penances to achieve power. Once he received power, he then began to create havoc in the whole world. Bhima then defeated Lord Shiva’s devotee-Kamrupeshwar and put him in the dungeons. This angered Lord Shiva. The war began between Bhima and Lord Shiva. Thereafter, Bhima got defeated. On the request of Gods, Shiva manifested himself in the form of Bhimashankar. If you want easily Urgent Indian Visa and Indian E Visa then you have to apply through Indian E Visa 

7. Rameshwaram Jyotirlinga

Rameshwaram Temple is situated on the island, off the Sethu coast of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the topmost pilgrimages, and its architecture is so praiseworthy by the visitors and architects. However, it is said that, when Ram was preparing to fight with Ravana, the Demon King, Ram worshiped Lord Shiva by making a linga on the seashore (after drinking water without taking permission) and seek blessings. Ram then got blessings of Lord Shiva and then went for the great battle with Ravana to rescue Sita.

8. Nageshwar Jyotirlinga, Gujarat

The Nageshwar temple is situated on the route of Gomati Dwarka and the Bait Dwarka Island, Gujarat. It is believed that, if a person worships Lord Shiva, all types of poison whether it is outer or inner, Lord Shiva protects his devotee.

According to the Shiva Purana, Supriya-a devotee of Shiva was captured by the demon Daaruka. Then, Supriya advised other devotees that they should chant ‘Om Namah Shivay’. This act enrages Daaruka and she ran to kill Supriya, thereafter, Lord Shiva came to rescue the devotees, thus, the Nageshwara Jyotirlinga came into existence.

9. Kashi Vishwanath, Varanasi

Kashi, the most sacred pilgrimage of India. It is said that this place is one of the most loveable places of Lord Shiva. This temple is situated in the Ghats of Ganga. In Manikarnika, Lord Vishnu’s earing fell, when the three deities were creating the world. Thus, to show devotion and love towards Vishnu, Lord Shiva created Manikarnika city and Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga. People worship here to get Moksh, liberation, and happiness.

10. Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga, Maharashtra

The Trimbakeshwar Temple is located near Nasik in Maharashtra. This temple is considered to be the source of river Godavari floating, which is also known as ‘Gautami Ganga’-the sacred river in South India. According to Shiva Purana, Gautam Rishi penanced for so long and earned a boon from Varuna Dev so that he could supply water to the farm, on this act, other deities got jealous and sent a cow to destroy everything. Mistakenly, Gautam Rishi killed the cow, who then worshiped Lord Shiva to get help on how to purify the premises. Then, Shiva asked Ganga to flow on the area and make it pure. Thereafter, Lord Shiva came to earth with Ganga on his locks in the form of Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga. Thus, it is believed that, if anyone wishes to get something, he or she will be fulfilled with boon or desires.

11. Kedarnath Jyotirlinga, Uttarakhand

Kedarnath temple is situated on the Rudra Himalaya, at the height of 12000 feet on a mountain named Kedar. It is far around 150 miles from Hardwar. It is believed that, once there were Narayana and Nara (the incarnation of Vishnu) penanced for years on the top of Kedar mountain, Lord Shiva pleased with the penance and thus, placed a linga for desire fulfilment. However, people do visit over here to pour holy water from Yamunotri and Gangotri to please Shiva.

12. Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga, Aurangabad, Maharashtra

The temple Ghrishneshwar is located in the village named Verul, near Aurangabad, in Maharashtra. You can find this place very easily because the temple is near the famous tourist attraction named—Ajanta and Ellora caves. The temple was built by Ahilyabai Holkar. This temple is also known by the name of Ghushmeshwara, Kusumeshwarer, Grushmeshwara, and Grishneshwara. As per the Shiva Purana, there was a couple- named Sudeha and Sudharm resided on the Devagiri Mountain. They were childless and this made Sudeha unhappy, so she asked her sister Ghushma to marry Sudharm. Thereafter, the new couple got a son. As time fade, Sudeha got jealous of her sister. When the son of Ghushma and Sudharm became adult, they married him with a beautiful girl. On seeing this much happiness, Sudeha, got even more jealous. In jealousy, one night she killed Ghushma’s son. And, then she threw her son in the nearby lake, where Ghushma prayed to Lord Shiva every day. When Ghushma knew about the whole incident, she didn’t say anything to her sister and started praying to Shiva. On seeing Ghushma’s devotion and dedication, Lord Shiva gave her son a new life and emerged himself in the form of Ghushmeshwar Jyotirlinga.  If you are an International traveler and interested to visit India then you need valid Indian Visa to enter in India. 


In this article, we have described the 12 sacred Jyotirlinga and their positive energy into thousands of lives. However, if you want to find peace and happiness into your life, then do visit in India to witness the divine power and energy of the Jyotirlingas.



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