Sawan 2021: List of 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva

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Somnath Jyotirlinga

Somnath is known as the first Jyotirlinga in India among the rest of Jyotirlinga temples. The temple is built in the Chalukya style of temple architecture. This pious temple is built at the shore of the Arabian ocean on the western corner of the Indian subcontinent.

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Mallikarjun Jyotirlinga

Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga in Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh is known as Kashi of the South. According to the Shiv Puran, the Mallikarjuna jyotirlinga is the united form of both Shiva and Parvati. The word Mallika introduces Goddess Parvati whereas Arjun refers to God Shiv.

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Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga

Located by the banks of the Kshipra River, the Mahakaleswar in Ujjain is the most powerful jyotirlinga and divine among the 12 Jyotirlingas. Mahakaleshwar jyotirlinga is also among the seven Mukti-Sthal (Place) in India.

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Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga

Omkareshwar, translating to ‘Lord of the Om Sound’, is one of the most sacred places in India. Situated in an island called Shivapuri, on the Narmada River, this temple has immense mythological significance too.

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Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga

A highly revered jyotirlinga among the 12 Jyotirlinga names in the country, Vaidyanath or Baidyanath or Vaijinath is also one among the 52 shakti pethas shrines of Sati of Hindu religion.

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Nageswar Jyotirlinga

On the coast of Saurashtra in Gujarat, between Gomati Dwarka and Bet Dwarka. Nageshwar is one of the most famous Jyotirlinga temples in India as it signifies the power of protection from all types of poisons. The temple is built with pink stone and the idol is Dakshinamurti.

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Kedareswar Jyotirlinga

Located on the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini River in Uttarakhand; Kedarnath is important among all the Jyotirlingas. It is also one of the major Dham in Chardham that is Gangotri Ysamutori and Badrinath.

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Tryambakeshwar Jyotirlinga

Trymbakeshwar jyotirlinga is located near Brahmagiri mountain, the place of origin of Godavari River, also known as Gautami Ganga. According to Shiv Purana, Godavari River and Gautami Rishi pleaded Lord Shiva to reside here and hence the God emerged in the form of Trimbakeshwar.

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Rameswar Jyotirlinga

Rameshwaram Jyotirlinga is believed to be worshipped by Lord Rama, after his phenomenal victory over Ravana. Known as the southernmost jyotirlingas in the country, the temple is surrounded by sea and boasts of its beautiful architecture, decorated corridors, and 36 theerthams.

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Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga

On the banks of River Bhima there lies, Bhimashankar temple- a marvellous black rock structure, with Nagara architectural pattern. Surrounded by a wildlife sanctuary of the same name, the jyotirlinga here is believed to be built by Bheema- Kumbhakarna’s son.

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Visweswar Jyotirlinga

Renowned as Golden Temple in Varanasi, Kashi Vishwanath is a popular one on the Jyotirlinga temples list. Constructed in 1780 by Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar- a Maratha Monarch, this Jyotirlinga is a significant religious place for the Hindus.

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Ghrishneswar Jyotirlinga

Grishneshwar jyotirlinga is referred to as the lord of compassion. It is the last jyotirlinga among the 12 jyotirlingas in India. The temple is splendidly constructed with red and black stones. The temple has 5 storied Shikhara style construction, which is the mountain peak style of architecture.

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