Jyotirlinga are set of 12 Shiva Temples spread all over India and considered holiest for Shiva devotees. Its rather an arduous task to visit all at once and therefore most devotees make it a point to visit all over a period of time.
Somnath is one of the 12 Jyotirlingam shrines of Shiva and Somnath located in the Prabhas Kshetra in Saurashtra(Gujarat). Placed on the western coastal lines of India, Somnath, is said to be “the protector of (the) Moon God”. The famous holy shrine of Somnath had been destroyed and rebuilt six times. Therefore, it is popularly known as “the Shrine eternal”. The famous Shiva abode was reconstructed and revamped last time during 1947 when Vallabhbhai Patel visited the hallowed spot. K.M. Munshi, another Indian Government Minister, continued the process of rebuilding after the death of Vallabhbhai Patel.
Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple is located at Srisailam in Nallamala hills of Andhra Pradesh. The temple is situated in the town of Srisailam near the banks of Krishna river. Mallikarjun Jyotirlinga is one of the greatest shrines in India and it constitutes one of the 12 Jyotirlingam shrines of Lord Shiva. The temple in hill looks like a great fort and is also known for its treasure of sculptures, There are number of sculptures on the walls appear as a gallery.
Mahakaleshwa dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple of Mahakaleshwar, is located in the city of Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. It’s famously said to be one of the 12 Jyotirlingams which are considered to be the most consecrated abodes of Shiva. The Shiva temple looks enthralling as it is located on the banks of the Rudra Sagar Lake. Spiritual crowds in the vicinity know the deity, Shiva, as Swayambhu.
Omkareshwar is a famous Jyotirlinga temple located is a holy island of Shivpuri in Maheshwar, Madhay Pradesh. This holy shrine of Lord Shiva is located at the convergence of Kaveri and holy river Narmada. One of the Dwadasa jyotirlingas is spread on the Mandhata hills in Vindhya Mountains of Madhya Pradesh. Shape of the holy island is looks like the holy symbol of Shiva “the Om”. There are two temples Omkareshwar and other one is Amareshwar, The Mamleshwar jyotirling is situated on other side of Narmada river. Narmada river’s hold one of the biggest dams project in India, Sardar Sarovar Dam.
Kedarnath located atop the Himalayan Range, on the protracted land near the Mandakini River in Kedarnath, the holy Kedarnath temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity, Shiva and is one of the grand temples of India. Countless numbers of pilgrims want to access the temple but many are unable to access this holy premise due to the extreme weather condition. The temple remains open for the devotees during April- Kartuk Purnima (The autumn full moon). During winters the idol of the temple is brought all the way to Ukhimath. Devotees pay tribute to the deity here for six months.
Bhimashankar Temple Jyotirlinga is situated in the Sahyadri ranges near pune in Maharashtra. The ancient shrine of lord Shiva is one of the most famous pilgrim places in Maharashtra. Bhimashankar jyotirlinga temple is far away from the tumult of the urban life and wrapped in the congregations of the majestic western ghats. Bhimashankar, One of the oldest Shiva temple is surrounded by Buddha style carvings, dense forests of high hill ranges and home to rare species of flora and fauna.
Trimbakeshwar-Jyotirlinga about 28 km away from the city of Nasik, the Trambakeshwar temple is a Hindu paradise in Trimbak of Nashik District. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, as many other holy pilgrimage points of India, Trambakeshwar is one of 12 sacred Jyotirlingams of Shiva. The temple actually is located at the source of the revered Godavari River which is worshipped by large group of Hindu pilgrims in India. A number of banks of this river are considered sacred bathing places for the pilgrims.
Kashi Vishwanath JyotirLinga temple is located in the oldest city of India, Banaras Uttar Pradesh. Kashi, Banaras now Varanasi is the holiest city of India and fully dedicated to the Lord Vishwanath. The city is situated on the bank of holy river the Gange and considered the most sacred place for Hindus. The Aarti is held in the temple five times in a day, the evening Aarti is called Ganga Aarti held every evening at Dasashwamedha Ghat.
The Baidyanath dham also known as Baba dham is the most sacred abodes of Shiva. One of the twelve Jyotirlingas is located in Deoghar in the tribal state of Jharkhand. Baba Dham temple located where the heart of Bhagwati Sati had fallen, so this place is also referred as Mahashakti peeth. It is believed that the Baidynath (Vaidyanath) Jyotirlingam in Deogarh is associated with legendary stories of Ravana and Lord Shiva. This shrine is very famous, as Kanwariya Offers holy water of river Gange to the
Lord Shiva during the holy month of Shravan.
Ramanathaswamy Jyotirlinga located on the island of Rameshwaram, at the extreme southern corner of India, the hallowed temple of Ramanathaswamy, is a divine heaven where innumerable devotees assemble to pay tributes to the holy Hindu deity, Shiva. There is the temple which had been glorified by the songs of three of the most revered Nayanars- Appars, Sundarar and Tirugnana Sambandar. Built during 12th century by Pandya dynasty, the temple proudly showcases the longest corridor among all the Hindu temples of India. Both the Shaivites and Vaishnavites communities consider this as a holy spot. This is one of the twelve Jyotirlingams of Shiva as well.
The Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga temple is placed at a close distance of about 11 km from Daulatabad in the neighborhood of Aurangabad in Maharashtra. Grishneshwar temple is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and near to rock-cut Ajanta Ellora caves. The ancient pilgrimage site revered as the abode of one of the 12 Jyotirlinga manifestation of Lord Shiva. Holy month of Shrawan is filled with devotional fervours for the devotees of Lord Shiva at all Jyotirlinga shrines across India.
The Nageshwar Jyotirlinga is believed as the first Jyotirlinga on the earth. The great Nageshwar Jyotirlinga is located near Dwarka, in the Gujarat state of India. Nageshvara Jyotirlinga is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva mentioned in the Shiva Purana. This Nagaeshwara Jyotirlingam is facing south with the Gomugham facing east. There are three major shrines in India which are believed as identical to this Jyotirlinga, Those are the Jageshwar temple near Almora in Uttarakhand, the Nageshwara temple near Dwaraka in Gujarat, and the Nagnath temple in Aundha in Maharashtra.