In Hindu religion 12 Jyotirlingas of the Lord Shiva have importance. The Hindus worship the Lord Shiva in the form of the Shivlinga. The 12 Jyotirlingas also called the ‘Dwadash Jyotirlingas’ are considered to be the holiest of all shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva and according to the beliefs of Hindu mythology, whosoever does the divine darshans of these 12 holy Jyotirlingas, will be released from the cycle of life and death. The Hindu believe that the Lord Shiva blesses all his true devotees with salvation. There is a story behind 12 jyotirlingas of the Lord Shiva. It is believed that the Lord Shiva fulfills our wishes by simple worship. Let’s explore these jyotirlingas and the story behind them.
1 SOMNATH TEMPLE, GUJARAT
Somnath Temple, one of 12 jyotirlingas, is located in Somnath, Gujarat.
2 MALLIKARJUNA TEMPLE, ANDHRA PRADESH
Lord Siva’s one more jyotirlinga ‘Mallikarjuna Temple’ in India is situated on a hill in Shrisailam, Andhra Pradesh.
3 MAHAKALESHWAR TEMPLE, MADHYA PRADESH
Mahakaleshwar Temple is located in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh on the banks of the River Kshipra.
4 OMKARESHWAR AND MAMMALESHWAR TEMPLES, MADHYA PRADESH
In Mandhata of Madhya Pradesh, the Omkareshwar and Mammaleshwar temples are situated.
5 BAIDYANATH DHAM, JHARKHAND
Baidyanath temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the most sacred abodes of Lord Shiva. It is located in Deoghar in Jharkhand.
6 BHIMASHANKAR TEMPLE, MAHARASHTRA
Bhimashankar Temple is located in a small village called Bhorgiri near Sahayadri Hills in Pune, Maharashtra.
7 RAMANATHASWAMY TEMPLE, RAMESHWARAM
The Ramanathaswamy Temple is situated in Tamil Nadu and is considered to be one of the Char Dham.
8 NAGESHWAR TEMPLE, GUJARAT
Nageshwar temple is one among 12 jyotirlinga. Full name of the temple is Nageshwar Mahadev Temple.
9 KASHI VISHWANATH TEMPLE, UTTAR PRADESH
Kashi Vishwanath Temple is located in Varanasi or Banaras, Uttar Pradesh on the banks of the River Ganga.
10 TRIAMBAKESHWAR TEMPLE, MAHARASHTRA
Triambakeshwar Temple is situated in a small town of Trimbak near Nasik.
11 KEDARNATH TEMPLE, UTTARAKHAND
Kedarnath is one among 12 jyotirlingas and is situated in the Himalayan Range in Uttarakhand.
12 GHRISHNESHWAR TEMPLE, MAHARASHTRA
Ghrishneshwar temple is located near Aurangabad, Maharashtra.