The twelve important Hindu temples in
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 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
, Bhimashankar is in the country of Dakini, Viswesh belongs to mountain of Himalaya , the Lord Trayam bakam resides on the Varanasi river, Baidyanath lies on the land of ashes and the Lord of snake lives in the wooden forest. Lord Rama stays near the sea where it was bridged by him and Lord of Ghushma resides in the abode of Shiva. If one recites the twelve names in the early morning, he will get rid of all sins and will get all fruits of his efforts. shore of Gautami