12 Jyotirling of Lord Shiva, History & Significance of all 12 Shivlings

12 Jyotirling or 12 Shivlings of Shivji

12 Jyotirling :

  • Jyotirlingas are the radiant symbol of Lord Shiva.
  • 64 Jyotirling as are known across the country but only 12 out of them are most important.

All about Shivling

According to the Hindu philosophy, the universe recreates itself after a certain time period in a continuous cycle. Lord Shiva is considered to be passionate but an ‘anti-pleasure’ god. He is also the protector of Vedas. ‘Ling’ symbolises Lord Shiva and it is also manifestation of the regenrative power.

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1. Somnath Jyotirling

  • Somnath Jyotirling is situated at Somnath in Gujarat. It is the oldest Jyotirlinga in the country.
  • Mahmud Ghaznavi has raided the Somanatha Temple 16 times and demolished the temple as well as Shivaling. The temple was recreated and today it still stands as a symbol of Hindus religious significance.

2. Kashi Vishwanath

  • Kashi Vishwanath Shivling is located at Varanasi at the banks of Ganga.
  • It is believed to be the most pure out of all Jyotirlingas.

3. Mahakaleshwar

  • Mahakaleshwar Jyotirling is situated in Ujjain.
  • Mahakaleshwar is considered as “swayambhu” as it is considered as self-manifested.

4. Mallikarjuna Jyotirling

  • It is situated in Srisalam in Andhra Pradesh. It is said that God Shiva and Goddess Parvati lived in Srisalam to live with their son Kartikeya.
  • Paadal Petra Sthalam is located at this temple and is a significant pilgrimage for Shivaite devotees.

5. Omkareshwar Jyotirling

  • It is situated in Mandhata , a river island of Narmada River . It is named so because the island shape resembles Om.
  • There are two temples of Lord Shiva: Omkareshwar –Lord of Om. , Amareshwar –Immortal Lord

6. Kedarnath

  • It is situated in Uttarakhand and was built by Pandavas.
  • Kedarnath remains accessible only for 6 months.

7. Bhimashankar Jyotirling

  • It is situated near Khed Taluka, Maharashtra and the temple was built in 18th century.
  • It is one of 3 Jyotirlingas located in Maharashtra

8. Trimbakeshwar Jyotirling

  • It is situated in Nashik City of Maharashtra and located on Brahmagiri Mountains.
  • It is believed that on request of Godavari and Rishi Gautam, Lord Shiva resided there.

9. Grishneshwar Jyotirling

  • It us situated in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.
  • Grishneshwar means Lord of Compassion.

10. Baidyanath Jyotirling

  • It is situated in Deoghar, Jharkhand.
  • It is named so because this is the place where Lord Shiva cured demon King Ravana.

11. Rameshwaram Jyotirling

  • Rameshwaram Jyotirling is related to Lord Rama as it is considered that Lord Rama had worshipped Lord Shiva befor Killing Ravana.
  • It is located on Rameshwaram island of Tamil Nadu.

12. Nageshvar Jyotirling

  • It is situated near Dwarka, Gujarat.
  • It is where Shri Krishna used to do ‘Rudra Abishek’.
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