The 12 Jyotirlinga Temples of Lord Shiva in India
In India Hindus will most admire the Lord Shiva and it is a land of idols around the world. Lord Shiva is trusted to sanctify all his devotees with pardon and deity is worshipped in the form of Shivlinga. The 12 Holy Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva are also called as ‘Dwadash Jyotirlingas’ and they are deliberated to be the holiest of all temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Devotees believe that whoever does the perfect darshanams of these 12 Jyotirlingas they will be set free from the era of life and death. The appearance of Jyotirlinga is same as a Shivlinga but it is signified with a holy light or ‘Jyoti’ and it can be only seen by a devotee when he reaches a top level of religious realization.
The following are the 12 Jyotirlinga Temples of Lord Shiva
1. Somnath Temple, Gujarat
The ‘Somnath Temple’ is a home of the 1st twelve holy Jyotirlingas Temples. It is situated in Somnath district of Guajarat which is on the bank of the Arabian Sea, in India it is treated as the divine of all twelve Jyotirlinga temples. Every year thousands of devotees will visit the Somnath Temple, especially on the festival of Mahashivratri. The Timings of Somnath Temple are 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM.
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2. Mallikarjuna Temple, Andhra Pradesh
In India, another holy Jyotirlinga temple is the ‘Mallikarjuna Temple’ which is constructed by the Hoyasala king, Vira Narsimha around 1234 AD. Every year it is crowded with many travelers. The temple is located in Shrisailam hill of Andhra Pradesh. The architecture is built in a Dravidian style and its wall sculptures and carvings describing the scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata, the temple has source of pride of awe-inspiring carving skills of Hoyasala artisans. The Timings of Mallikarjuna Temple are 4:30 AM to 10:00 AM.
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3. Mahakaleshwar Temple, Madhya Pradesh
The Mahakaleshwar Temple is located in the Ujjain historical city, Madhya Pradesh which is on the shores of River Kshipra. Apart from among the twelve divine Jyotirlingas temples, The Mahakaleshwar Temple of India is also one of the top ‘Tantra Temples’. ‘Bhasm-Aarti’is the main highlight of this Mahakaleshwar Temple that is the 1st ceremony which is performed in the early morning at the time of Shivlinga is bathed with ash from a fresh burial large fire. Across the world Thousands of travelers will visit this Mahakaleshwar Temple especially at the the month of Sawan and on Nagpanchami. The Timings of Mahakaleshwar Temple are 3:00 AM to 11:00 PM.
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4. Omkareshwar and Mammaleshwar Temples, Madhya Pradesh
An ‘Omkareshwar’ and ‘Mammaleshwar’ shrines are the 4th divine Jyotirlinga temples of Lord Shiva which is located at the shores of Narmada River on an island of Mandhata in Madhya Pradesh. Mandhata Island is in the shape of ‘Om’ and it is trusted by devotees and in Hindu Mythology it is a religious symbol. For the darshanam of Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga and Mammaleshwar Jyotirlinga countless thousands of pilgrims will visit here especially on the festivals of Mahashivratri and Kartik Poornima. Timings of Mahakaleshwar Temple are 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
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5. Baidyanath Dham, Jharkhand
The holy town of Baidyanath Dham Jyotirlinga is located in Jharkhand which has several mythologies attached to it when compared to the twelve holy Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva,. The Baidyanath Dham temple is situated in Deoghar in the Santhal Parganas division and is decorated with the presence of 21 shrines. The divine Jyotirlinga is embellished with cherished gems which are locating here. This place is stated as in order to gain favor of Lord Shiva Ravana sacrificed his 10 heads. Later, Lord Shiva joined the 10 heads who acted like a Vaidya (Doctor) so the place was called as Baidynath Dham. Offering prayers in this Baidyanath Dham Jyotirlinga temple devotee will believe that Lord Shiva will provide a healthy and prosperous life and it is the famous belief justifying that. For the darshanam of Baidyanath Dham Jyotirlinga at the time of monsoon months (July and August) countless pilgrims will visit here.
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6. Bhimashankar Temple, Maharashtra
The place Bhorgiri amidst the Sahayadri Hills near Pune in Maharashtra holds a great spiritual importance because of the presence of the ‘Bhimashankar Temple’. It is another home of divine Jyotirlinga temple of Lord Shiva. For the darshanam of Bhimashankar Temple thousands of pilgrims will visit here at the time of festivals of Shivratri and Maha Shivratri and also on Mondays a large crowd can also be seen. The Timings of Bhimashankar Temple are 5:00 AM to 09:00 PM.
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7. Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameshwaram
Rameshwaram Temple is located in Tamil Nadu state which holds a great spiritual importance for Hindus and is described as among the ‘Char Dham’ devotee sites. The ‘Ramanathaswamy Temple’ here is holy home town to one of the 12 divine Jyotirlingas Temples. Timings of Rameshwaram Temple are 4:30 AM to 08:30 PM.
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8. Nageshwar Temple, Gujarat
The holy town of Nageshwar Mahadev Temple is situated near Dwarka, which is among the ‘Char Dham’ devotee sites for Hindus located in Gujarat. It is considered as the holy home town of among the 12 Jyotirlngas temples. The Nageshwar Mahadev Temple creation date is still remains as unknown, but, the current Nageshwar Mahadev Temple was remodeled in 1996 by Late Gulshan Kumar. Every year Thousands of devotees will visit the Nageshwar Mahadev Temple in order to take the blessing of Lord Shiva and been worshipped here as ‘Nagdev’. A great attraction of this temple is Lord Shiva tall statue is constructed in 25 meter in a seated position and for a nice memory picture it provides perfect scenery. Timings of Nageshwar Mahadev Temple are 5:00 AM to 09:00 PM.
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9. Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Uttar Pradesh
Kashi Vishwanath Temple is located at the divine Kashi city, this holy place is also known as Varanasi or Benaras which is located on the shores of Ganga River in Uttar Pradesh. For Hindus it occupies a great spiritual importance and the one who bathes in the holy water of Ganga River or dies in Varanasi will achieve pardon and it is the strong belief of the devotees. The most divine is believed to be the ‘Kashi Vishwanath Temple’, which is holy home to the 12th Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva with almost 2000 shrines in the Kashi city,. The Kashi Vishwanath Temple formerly created in 11th century and was robbed by Afghan and Arab invaders number of times. In the year 1780, the current Kashi Vishwanath Temple has had been remodeled by Rani Ahilya Bai Holkar. The temple towers on the top are gold plated with a golden chhatra. At the time of occasions of ‘Makar Sakranti’, ‘Kartik Poornima’, ‘Shivratri’, ‘Maha Shivratri’, ‘Dev Deepawali’ and ‘Annakoot’ thousands of devotees will gather from across the world. The Timings of Kashi Vishwanath Temple are 3:00 AM to 11:00 PM.
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10. Triambakeshwar Temple, Maharashtra
The holy home town of Triambakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is located in a Trimbak small town near Nashik in Maharashtra, it is a historical temple which is created in 18th century by the orders of Peshwa Balaji Bajirao it was renovated. Triambakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is built of black stone in Nagara style architecture; the inner sanctum houses the Triambakeshwar Shivlinga. For devotees who gather Triambakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple will fulfill all his desires is the strong belief of the legends. The Timings of Triambakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple are 5:30 AM to 09:00 PM.
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11. Kedarnath Temple, Uttarakhand
Kedarnath Temple is located in the Range of Himalayas in Uttarakhand, the highest among the 12 holy Jyotirlingas Temples is the ‘Kedarnath Temple’. The heritage of the Kedarnath Temple is trusted to have been at the time of Mahabharata. For Hindus, it is also one of the ‘Chhota Char Dham’ devotee sites. The Kedarnath Temple is closed and the deity of Lord Shiva is brought down at ‘Ukhimath’ because of utmost cold weather at the time of winters on the hills, where the god is worshipped during the winter months. As per the Hindu calendars the god is rehabilated in the Temple at the time of the Vaisakha month, and the temple is set open for devotees. The Timings of Kedarnath Jyotirlinga Temple are 4:00 AM to 09:00 PM.
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12. Ghrishneshwar Temple, Maharashtra
The holy home town of Grishneshwar Temple is situated at Verul village, near Aurangabad in Maharashtra, it is created in the 18th century. The Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple walls consists of amazing architectural skills with an architecture, paintings and sculptures on constructed by the artisans of the bygone era. The Timings of Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple are 5:00 AM to 09:00 PM.
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