The Dwadasa Jyotirlinga shrines or the 12 shrines enshrining
Shiva in the form of a Jyotirlingam, have been held in reverence since
time immemorial in the Indian system of beliefs. The southernmost of
these is located at Rameswaram, while the northernmost is located in
the snowy heights of the Himalayas at Kedarnath. These temples are
closely linked with legends from the puranas and are rich in history
Shlokam below describes the 12 jyothirlingas:
Saurashtre SomanaathanchaSree Saile Mallikarjunam
Ujjainyaam Mahakaalam Omkaare Malleswaram
Prajwalyam vaidyanathancha dhakinyam bheema shankaram
Setubandhetu ramesham nagesham darukavane
Varanasyam tu Viswesam Tryambakam Gautameethate
Himalayetu Kedaram ghrushteshancha Vishalakae
Somnath is the foremost of the 12 Jyotirlinga Shrines of Shiva, held
in reverence throughout India and is rich in legend, traditions and
history. It is located at Prabhas Patan in Saurashtra in Gujarat.
Sree Sailam near Kurnool enshrines Mallikarjuna in an ancient temple
rich in architectural and sculptural wealth. Aadi Sankaracharya
composed his Sivanandalahiri here.
Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga shrine The ancient and historic city of
Ujjain or Avanti in Madhya Pradesh is home to the Jyotirlinga shrine of
An island in the course of the river Narmada in Madhya Pradesh is
home to the Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga shrine and the Amareshwar temple.
The Northernmost of the Jyotirlingas. Kedarnath, nestled in the snow
clad Himalayas is an ancient shrine rich in legend and tradition. It is
accessible only on foot, six months in a year.
Jyotirlinga Shrine is associated with the legend of Shiva destroying
the demon Tripurasura. Bhimashankar is located in the Sahyadri hills of
Maharashtra, accessed from Pune.
The most celebrated pilgrimage site in India The Vishwanath temple
in Benares in Uttar Pradesh is the goal of the thousands of pilgrims
that visit this ancient city. The Vishwanath shrine is revered as one
of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva.
The origin of the river Godavari is intimately linked with this Jyotirlinga shrine near Nasik in Maharashtra.
Vaidyanath temple at Deogarh The ancient pilgrimage town of Deogarh
in the Santal Parganas area of Bihar is revered as one of the 12
Jyotirlingas of Shiva.
Nageshwar near Dwarka in Gujarat is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva.
This vast temple in the island of Rameswaram, in Southern Tamilnadu
enshrines Ramalingeswarar, and is revered as the southernmost of the 12
Jyotirlinga shrines of India.
Jyotirlinga Shrine is a temple located in the vicinity of the
tourist town of Ellora, which has several rock cut monuments from the
1st millennium CE.