Mahashivratri 2020: The 12 Jyotirlingas In India


Lord Shiva is one of the three lords, the Trimurti, that includes Brahma and Vishnu. He is referred as the Lord of Devas(Gods). He is known as 'the Destroyer' among the three in Hinduism. He is lso considered as the Lord of Divine Energy, Meditation, Arts, Yoga, Time, Destruction, Dance.

The Jyotirlinga is known as a devotional representation of Lord Shiva. It means the Radiant Sign of The Shiva.The significance behind the Jyotirlinga is that once Lord Brahma and Vishnu got into a heated argument to prove their superiority over the other. For this argument to come to a conclusion, Lord Shiva Shiva formed a huge pillar of light and asked the two to find the end of the light. Lord Brahma chose to go upwards in the direction of light and Vishnu chose the downward direction. 

After long time, both came to Lord Shiva where Lord Vishnu accepted his defeat while Lord Brahma lied that he found the end. Lord Shiva got angry on him and cursed him that no one will ever pray to him although he is the creator of the universe. This pillar, later, came to known as the Jyotirlinga.  

It is believed that there were 64 jyothirlingas in India of which only 12 are considered to be very auspicious and holy. Out of the twelve Jyotirlingas, two are on the sea shore, three jyotirlinga on river banks, four in the heights of the mountains and three jyotirlingas in villages.

Somnath Temple Gujarat


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It is the first among the 12 Jyotirlingas, located in Veraval, Gujarat. It means 'the lord of the moon'.

Mallikarjuna in Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh

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Located in Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh, this is named after Mallikarjun Swamy.

Mahakaleswar in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh

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This is the 3rd among the 12 Lingas, loacted near the Rudra Sagar Lake in Ujjain. 

Omkareshwar in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh
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Located in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, this linga looks like the shape of 'OM' hence the name Ommareshwar.

Rameshwaram Jyotirlinga, Tamil Nadu


This is located in southernmost part of India and is famous for its architecture.

Kedarnath in Uttarakhand

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This is located in Rudraprayad, Uttarakhand and is one of the main temples of Shiva.

Bhimashankar in Maharashtra

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This is situated on the hills of Sahyadri Range near Pune, Maharashtra.

Vishwanath in Uttar Pradesh

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Situared on the banks of the holy river Ganga in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. It means the Ruler of the Universe.

Trimbakeshwar in Nashik, Maharashtra

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This is situared on the banks of the river Godavari in Nashik Maharashtra.

Grishneshwar in Aurangabad, Maharashtra

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Located near Aurangabad in Maharashtra, is famous for its location as it is near Ajanta and Ellora caves.

Vaidyanath in Deogarh, Jharkhand

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This linga is located in Deogard Jharkhand.

Nageshwara in Dwarka Gujarat

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Located near Dwarka Gujarat, it means body full of serpants.

Happyy Mahashivratri..!!

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