12 Jyotirlingas for Lord Shiva Followers – Part One…

12 Jyotirlingas for Lord Shiva Followers – Part One

 

If you have faith in Lord Shiva, then these 12 Jyotirlinga are must-visit places in India.

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Somnath

  • LOCATION: Prabhas Patan near Veraval in Saurashtra on western coast of Gujarat.
  • BEST TIME TO VISIT: Somnath celebrates a large fair on the day of the full moon of Kartik Purnima in November/December.
  • HISTORY: Lord Shiva puts its root on this land to protect “Moon” from the curse of King Daksha. Daksha married his 27 daughters to Moon, but he had special love and preference for his wife Rohini. When Daskha came to know about this, he cursed Moon that soon he would lose his brilliance and luster. Moon, to protect himself, took shelter of Shiva who made the arrangement to waxing and waning for him.

Mallikarjuna – Kailash of south

  • LOCATION: Shri Shaila Mountain by the banks of the Patal Ganga, Krishna River in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.
  • HISTORY: It is believed that when Ganesha was married before Kartikeya, Kartikeya got very angry and went away from Shiva and Parvati. They all tried to console Kartikeya but it was in vain. Shiva and Parvati, in love of their son, decided to go to the place where their son was residing. But Kartikeya left that place and went somewhere else upon hearing the news. Eventually, Lord Shiva assumed the form of Jyotirlinga and resided on that mountain by the name of Mallikarjuna. Mallika means Parvati, while Arjuna is another name of Shiva. In this way, both Shiva and Parvati came to reside in this linga.

Mahakaleshwar

  • LOCATION: On the side of Rudra Sagar Lake, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh
  • BEST TIME TO VISIT: On the occasion of “Harihara Milan”, which happens on the 14th lunar day of waxing moon fortnight in November or December. On Harihara Milan, it is believed that both Shiva and Krishna visit this temple at midnight to meet each other.
  • HISTORY: According to legends, once a farmer’s boy named Shrikhar went to the king of Ujjain chanting the lord’s name. He was so spellbound that he rushed to temple, but unfortunately, the guards didn’t allow him to enter into the palace. The poor boy went to the outskirts of the city and there, he made a Shivling with mud and started enchanting Shiva’s name. Meanwhile, neighboring kingdoms decided to attack the kingdom and take over its treasures. They were successful in doing and stared attacking all the devotees of Shiva. Hearing the plea of his devotee Shrikar, Lord Shiva appeared in his Mahakala form and destroyed all the enemies. On the request of his devotee, Shiva agreed to reside in the city and to take care of it.

Omkareshwar

  • LOCATION: On the island of Shivapuri in Narmada River. The shape of the island is said to be like “OM’.
  • BEST TIME TO VISIT: In the months of July and August (Hindu month Shravan), a procession called “somvar sawaris” are huge. On every Monday of this month, gold plates of the three-headed idol of Lord Omkar is taken in palanquins with bands and devotees.
  • HISTORY: Lord Shiva put its root on this island by showing his blessing on Narad, who for many years did tapasya (meditation) to please Shiva. One more story related to this Jyotirlinga is that once there was a great war between devas and demons, where the demons won. This was a major setback for devas and they went to Shiva for help. Pleased with their prayer, Shiva emerged as Omkareshwar ling and destroyed every demon.

Kedarnath

  • LOCATION: Kedarnath is a holy town and one of the four dhams located in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand.
  • BEST TIME TO VISIT: June. The Badri-Kedar festival is the most important festival of this region. This festival is the center for pilgrims and tourists from far and wide places.
  • HISTORY: Legend goes that Nara and Narayana, the two incarnations of Vishnu, performed severe penance in Badrikashraya of Bharat Khand, in front of a Shivalingam fashioned out of earth. Pleased with their devotion, Lord Shiva appeared in front of them and said that they may ask for a boon. Nar and Narayan requested Shiva to take up a permanent abode as a Jyotirlingam at Kedarnath so that all people who worship Shiva shall be freed from their miseries.

Rameshwaram

  • LOCATION: On Pamban Island, Tamil Nadu, separated from mainland India by the Pamban channel.
  • BEST TIME TO VISIT: December. Arundhra Darshanam is the most important festival held in December every year. Thousands of devotees come to see the unveiling of the emerald Nataraja statue that is covered in sandalwood for the whole year. The unveiling ceremony happens only on one day in the year.
  • HISTORY: When Rama, seventh avatar of Vishnu, reached the shore of ocean along with Lakshman, Hanuman and other monkeys in search of Sita, he felt very thirsty. He orders Lakshman to bring water for him, who then ordered the monkeys to do this job. As soon as Rama drank that water, he got the instinct that without doing Shiv puja he and his army can’t cross that vast ocean. So with help of Lakshman, he made a Shiv ling from the sand of the shore. This shiv ling was later known as Rameshwaram meaning “Lord of Ram” in Sanskrit.

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Manjusha Srivastava

I'm an engineer by qualification and a writer by heart.Being connected to cultural roots. I have a lot of interest in mythological stories. I feel that to make new inventions and to adopt a new way of living, we first need to dig deep into our past and then only we can mold both our mind and body.You can read my blog at thinkmakesite.wordpress.com

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