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The 12 Jyotirling and Their Symbolic Representation

There is a popular belief that the 12 Jyotirling, which appeared on its own, are symbolic representation of 12 important factors in nature. Jyotirlings are the 12 important Shivlings worshipped in various temples in India. According to Shiva Purana, the 12 Jyotirling are symbolic representation of 12 factors and they are:


  1. Brahma  Somnath Temple
  2. Maya  Mallikarjun Temple
  3. Jeev Mahakal Temple
  4. Mann (mind) – Omkareshwar
  5. Budhi – Kedareshwar
  6. Chitta – Bhimashankar
  7. Ahamkar – Kashi
  8. Akash – Trimbakeshwar
  9. Vayu – Baidyanath Dham
  10. Agni – Nageshwar Temple
  11. Jal – Rameshwaram Temple
  12. Prithvi – Grishneshwar
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