What is jyotirlinga ?
Worship of shivalinga is considered the prime worship for the devotees of Lord shiva.
Worship of all other forms is considered secondary. The significance of the shivalinga
is that It is the resplendent light (flame) form of the Supreme - solidified to
make the worship of It easier. It represents the real nature of God - formless essentially
and taking various forms as It wills.
This jyoti swarUpa of God exist in all the shivalinga forms, there are
prominent abodes across Indian subcontinent, where It is in a splendid form. These
are renowned as dvAdasa jyotir lingas or 12 jyotirlingas. These are held
at much great esteem since the ancient pre-historic times. purANas talk
in many sections as well as in detail about the glory of these abodes. Devotees
have been getting pulled towards these kshetras due to the highly benevolent divine
presence in these abodes, since ancient times.
The 12 jyotirlinga temples
“Saurashtre Somanathamcha Srisaile Mallikarjunam|
Ujjayinya Mahakalam Omkaramamaleswaram ||
Paralyam Vaidyanathancha Dakinyam Bheema Shankaram |
Setu Bandhethu Ramesam, Nagesam Darukavane||
Varanasyantu Vishwesam Tryambakam Gautameethate|
Himalayetu Kedaaram, Ghrishnesamcha shivaalaye||
Etani jyotirlingani, Saayam Praatah Patennarah|
Sapta Janma Kritam pApam, Smaranena Vinashyati||”
Mahadev, the Lord incorporates in Himself, the aura and the holiness of all the
twelve JyotirLingas. The grandeur of these places is unique. Devotees line up in
great numbers to take a look and get a Darshan of all the JyotirLingas.
Location of the jothirlinga temples
Two on the sea shore, three on river banks, four in the heights of the mountains
and three in villages located in meadows; the twelve Jyotirlingas are spread out
like this. Every place has been described in glorious words by many detailing the
Those of us who go to these temples of Shubhankar Shankar- Jyoti-Sivasthan, receive
the holy blessings of the Lord, and come back happy, peaceful and blessed. This
in indeed depends on one’s devotion and experience too.
- Somnath JyotirLing in Saurashtra (Guj)
- Mallikarjun jyoptirling in Srisailam (A.P.)
- Mahakaleshwar jyotirling in Ujjain (M.P.)
- Omkareshwar jyotirling in Shivpuri / mAmaleswara (M.P.)
- Vaidyanath jyotirling in Parali (Mah)
- Nageswar jyotirling in Darukavanam
- Kedareswar jyotirling in Kedarnath / Himalayas (Utt)
- Tryambakeswar jyotirling in Nasik (Mah)
- Rameshwar jyotirling in Setubandanam / Rameshwaram (T.N.)
- Bhimashankar jyotirling in Dakini (Mah)
- Visweswar jyotirling in Varanasi (U.P.) and
- Ghrishneswar jyotirling in Devasrovar (Mah).
Those who chant the Dwadasa JyotirLinga Stotram or prayer will attain salvation
and enlightenment and be released from this cycle of human existence with all its
travails. By worshipping the Lingas, people of all castes, creeds and colour would
be freed from all difficulties. By eating the holy offering made to these Lingas
(Naivedyam) one would be rid of all the sins instantly.
As a matter of fact, we do the Darshan of the JyotirLingas as a part of our daily
life. Sun, Fire and Light etc., are indeed a part of that great Light. “Om tatsavituvarenye”
these magical words of the Gayatri mantra or chant invoke this Supreme light only.
By chanting this powerful Mantra, humans can obtain divine power to their life-light
The aura of the Sun rays and the various benefits that can be derived there from
is indeed a difficult task to describe. This gorgeous life-light is the only thing
that is responsible for the activity in the universe. We salute this life force.
“Agni” or fire is a great light. For all the activities on the earth, “Fire” is
Deepajyoti or light and its greatness, is known to all of us, and we offer our prayers.
Let us celebrate the glory of light. Light is offered a place of pride at welcome
celebrations and on all auspicious occasions.
“Shubham karoti kalyanam Arogyam Dhanasampada|
Shatru buddhi vinashaya Deepa Jyoti namostute||”
This light removes the darkness from the lives of one and all. Darkness means ignorance
and it is destroyed by this light. The natured light of God makes all our wishes
come true, when we take a Darshan of it.
Thus, by taking a Darshan of these twelve JyotirLingas, the auspicious air surrounding
them and the holy pilgrimage, will bring happiness, peace and satisfaction to all.