A Jyotirlinga(12 Jyotirlinga), also known as a Jyotirlingam, is a Hindu god Shiva’s devotional representation. The term comes from the Sanskrit words jyotis, which means ‘radiance,’ and linga, which means ‘light.’ In India, there are twelve traditional Jyotirlinga shrines.
12 Jyotirlinga Story:
Jyotirlinga story – According to the Shiva Mahapurana, Brahma (the god of creation) and Vishnu (God’s form during preservation) once quarrelled over creation’s dominance. Supreme God Shiva pierced the three worlds as the Jyotirlinga, a massive endless pillar of light that later cooled into the holy mountain Annamalai, to resolve the debate (on which the Temple of Arunachalesvara is located).
To find the end of the light in either direction, Vishnu and Brahma split their paths downwards and upwards, respectively. Brahma claimed to have discovered the solution, though Vishnu admitted defeat. Brahma’s deception enraged Shiva, who cursed him, saying that despite being the founder of the world, he would not be worshipped. The jyotirlinga is the Supreme Shiva, a part less existence from which Shiva manifested as Lingodbhava in another form. Temples where Shiva appeared as a fiery column of light are known as jyotirlinga temples.
Originally, there were thought to be 64 jyotirlingas, with twelve being particularly auspicious and holy. The presiding deity’s name is given to each of the 12 jyotirlinga locations, which are each considered to be a different manifestation of Shiva. The primary image at all of these locations is a lingam representing the infinite Stambha pillar, which represents Shiva’s infinite existence.
12 Jyotirlinga Images with Name and Place:
- Mallikarjuna Swamy
- Kashi Vishwanath
Somnath: The Somnath temple (also known as the Deo Patan) is considered to be the first of Shiva’s twelve jyotirlinga shrines. Somnath Mandir is situated in Veraval, Saurashtra, on the western coast of Gujarat, India. Gujarat’s most popular pilgrimage and tourist destination. The new temple was rebuilt in the Chalukya style of Hindu temple architecture and completed in May 1951, after being destroyed many times in the past by various Islamic invaders and rulers.
Somnath Temple Official Website : https://somnath.org/
Somnath Temple Timings : 7:30am – 11am, 12:30pm – 6:30pm, 7:30pm – 10pm
Somnath Temple Location : Somnath Jyotirlinga, Somnath Mandir Rd, Veraval, Gujarat – 362268.
Srisaila Mallikarjuna Temple : The Srisailam Temple, also known as the Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Temple, is located in the Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh. The Srisaila Mallikarjuna temple is situated on the banks of the Krishna River, atop the Nallamala Hills. Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy also presided over one of Shiva’s twelve Jyotirlingas, the lingam god.
Srisailam Temple Timings : Morning 5:30am – 9:30pm
Srisaila Mallikarjuna Bhramaramba Official Website : http://www.srisailamonline.com/index.html
Srisaila Mallikarjuna Temple Address : Shiv Jyotirling Shri Mallikarjuna Temple @ Srisaila Devasthanam , Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh – 528101.
Mahakaleshwar Temple : Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, or shrines, considered to be Lord Shiva’s most sacred abodes. It’s in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, in the ancient city of Ujjain. The Mahakaleshwar Temple is located on the banks of the sacred Kshipra River. In contrast to the other images and lingams that are ritually formed and invested with mantra-shakti, the presiding deity, Lord Shiva in the lingam form, is believed to be Swayambhu, deriving currents of power (Shakti) from within itself.
Mahakaleshwar Temple Timings : mahakaleshwar ujjain temple timings are 3am – 11pm.
Mahakaleshwar Ujjain Temple website : http://dic.mp.nic.in/ujjain/mahakal/default.aspx
Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Address : Mahakaleshwar Temple, Jaisinghpura, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh 456006.
Omkareshwar MP : Omkareshwar Temple Indore is a Shiva-dedicated Hindu temple. It is one of Shiva’s 12 sacred Jyotirlinga shrines. Omkareshwar temple mp is located on the Mandhata or Shivpuri island in the Narmada river in the Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh, India; the island’s shape is said to resemble the Devanagari symbol.
There are two main Shiva temples here: one on the island dedicated to Omkareshwar (whose name means “Lord of Omkara or the Lord of the Om sound”) and another on the mainland dedicated to Mamleshwar (whose name means “Immortal Lord” or “Lord of the Immortals or Devas”).
Omkareshwar Temple MP Timings: Omkareshwar temple madhya pradesh is open for 24 hours.
Omkareshwar Temple Address MP : Omkareshwar, Madhya Pradesh – 450554.
Kedarnath Temple : The Hindu temple (shrine) of Kedarnath is devoted to Shiva. Kedarnath is in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, near the Mandakini river, on the Garhwal Himalayan range. Due to severe weather conditions, the temple is only open to the general public from April to November (Akshaya Tritiya) (Kartik Purnima, the autumn full moon). During the winter months, the vigraha (deity) from Kedarnath temple is transported to Ukhimath and worshipped for the next six months. Kedarnath Temple is regarded as a single manifestation of Shiva, the ‘Lord of Kedarkhand,’ as the region’s historical name suggests.
Kedarnath Temple Address: Kedarnath, Uttarakhand – 246445.
Bhimashankar Temple : Bhimashankar Temple is a Jyotirlinga shrine in Maharashtra, India, situated 50 kilometers from Khed taluka (alias ). Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Temple is situated in the Ghat area of the Sahyadri Mountains, 127 kilometers from Shivajinagar (Pune). The river Bhima, which flows southeast and merges with the Krishna near Raichur, is also named after Bhimashankar. Trimbakeshwar near Nashik and Grishneshwar are the other Jyotirlinga shrines in Maharashtra.
Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Temple Address: Bhimashankar temple, Khed, District Pune, Maharashtra 410509, India.
Bhimashankar Temple Timings: 04:30 am – 09:30 pm
Bhimashankar Temple Official Website:https://bhimashankar.in/
Kashi Vishwanath Temple: One of the most well-known Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva is the Kashi Vishwanath Temple. It is situated in Varanasi’s Vishwanath Gali, Uttar Pradesh, India. The Kashi Temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, or Jyotirlingams, the holiest of Shiva Temples, and is located on the western bank of the holy river Ganga. Shri Vishwanath and Vishweshwara are the names of the main deity, which literally mean “Lord of the Universe.” In ancient times, Varanasi was known as Kashi, and the temple is now known as Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Vishva: Universe, Ishvara: lord, one who has dominion is the etymology of the word Vishveshvara.
Kashi Vishwanath Temple Timings :Kasi Temple is open for 24 hours.
Kashi Vishwanath Temple Official Website : http://www.shrikashivishwanath.org/
Kashi Vishwanath Temple Location : kashi vishweshwar temple Lahori Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001.
Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple : Shri Trimbakeshwar Shiva Jyotirlinga Temple is an ancient Hindu temple in Trimbak, Maharashtra, India, in the Trimbakeshwar tehsil of the Nashik District. It is 28 kilometers from Nashik city and 40 kilometers from Nashik road. Trimbakeshwar Mahadev Temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas dedicated to the god Shiva, and it houses the Hindu genealogy registers in Trimbakeshwar, Maharashtra. Trimbak is the source of the holy Godavari river.
Trimbakeshwar Temple Official Website : https://www.trimbakeshwartrust.com/
Trimbakeshwar Temple Time :Trimbakeshwar Temple opens at 5:30 AM and closes at 9:00 PM.
Trimbakeshwar Temple Address : Trimbakeshwar Mahadev Mandir Shrimant Peshwe Path, Trimbak, Maharashtra 422212.
Baidyanath Temple : Vaidyanatha Jyotirlinga temple, also known as Baba Baidyanath dham and Baidyanath dham, is one of Shiva’s twelve Jyotirlingas. Baidyanath Temple is situated in Deoghar, Jharkhand, India, in the Santhal Parganas division. It is a temple complex that includes Baba Baidyanath’s main temple, where the Jyotirlinga is built, as well as 21 other temples.
Baidyanath Temple Timings: baba baidyanath temple is open for 24 hours.
Baidyanath Temple Address : Shivganga Muhalla, Dardmara, Jharkhand – 814112.
Nageshvara Jyotirlinga: The Nageshwar Jyotirling Temple is 18 kilometers from Dwarka, Gujarat, which is one of India’s top seven Hindu holy cities. According to the Shiv Purana, Shiva defeated a demon called Daruka and his army to rescue his imprisoned devotee Supriya in Nageshwar form (body full of serpants). The idol is Dakshinamurti, and the temple is made of pink stone. Devotees are permitted to enter the sanctum and perform abhishek on the linga with the help of the local priest, but only in traditional garb.
Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple Timings : The nageshvara jyotirling temple is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.
Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Location : Nageshwar Jyotirling Temple Daarukavanam, Gujarat – 361345.
Ramanathaswamy Temple : Ramanathaswamy Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Shiva that is situated on the island of Rameswaram in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Ramanatha Swamy Temple is also a Jyotirlinga temple, one of the twelve Jyotirlinga temples. It is one of the 274 Paadal Petra Sthalams, where Appar, Sundarar, and Tirugnana Sambandar, three of the most revered Nayanars (Saivite saints), have glorified the temple with their songs. Among all Hindu temples in India, the temple has the longest hallway. Rameswaram, where the temple is situated, is a sacred pilgrimage site for Shaivites, Vaishnavites, and Smarthas. Before crossing the bridge to Lanka, Rama founded and worshiped the presiding deity, the Lingam of Ramanathaswamy (Shiva).
Rameshwaram Temple Timings :
Morning : 4:30am – 1pm
Evening : 3pm – 8:30pm
Rameshwaram Temple Official Website : https://tnhrce.gov.in/hrcehome/index_temple.php?tid=35671
Rameshwaram Temple Address : Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu 623526.
Grishneshwar Temple : The Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, also known as Ghrneshwar or Ghushmeshwar Temple, is one of the shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva mentioned in the Shiva Purana. Ghrneshwara is Sanskrit for “King of Compassion.” The Ghushmeshwar Jyotirlinga temple is a significant pilgrimage site in Hinduism’s Shaiva tradition, which regards it as the twelfth or final Jyotirlinga (linga of light). This pilgrimage site is situated in Ellora (also known as Verul), about a kilometer from the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ellora Caves.
Grishneshwar Temple Timings : 5am – 9pm
Grishneshwar Temple Address : NH 211, Verul, Maharashtra 431102.