Jyotirlingam means ‘the linga of light’ – the Shivalinga is in the symbolic form of a stone tinctured with a cycle of light. There are numerous legends associated with the origin of Jyotirlinga. It is believed that Lord Shiva for the first time appeared in the form of Jyotirlinga. The Jyotirlinga is an attempt by humans to give a form to the formless Brahman.
The twelve temples with Jyotrilinga in
at Saurashtra in Somnath Temple Gujarat. in Srisailam, or Shrishailam, in Andhra Pradesh. Mallikarjun Temple , or Mahakalaswar, in Mahakal Temple Madhya Pradesh. Ujjain , or Amishvar, at Omkareshwar on the banks of Omkar Temple in Madhya Pradesh. Narmada River or Kedareshwar in Uttarakhand. Kedarnath Temple at Dhakini in Bhimashankar Temple Maharashtra. , or Viswesh, at Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Uttar Pradesh. Varanasi near Trimbakeshwar Temple on the banks of Nasik in Gautami River Maharashtra.
- Baidyanath Dham or
at Deoghar in Jharkhand. Vaidyanath Temple near Dwarka in Nageshwar Temple Gujarat. in Tamil Nadu. Rameshwaram Temple Near Ellora in Grishneshwar Temple Maharashtra.
There is an important shloka dedicated to the 12 Jyotrilingas in the Shiva Purana.
Lord Somnath is in the country Saurashtra, Mallikarjuna is on the Shree Shailam, Mahakala is in Ujjayani, Parameshwar belongs to Onkar, Kedar in the