Lord Shiva’s 12 Jyotirlinga Shrines
Lord Shiva is one of the most popular and worshiped Gods in Hindu Religion. There are innumerable lingas of Bhagwan Shankar with great aura and presence, but the main one’s are just twelve out of which 2 are on a sea shore, three on river banks, four in the heights of mountains and 3 in the villages located in the meadows. Out of these 12 Jyotirlinga Temples in India 5 are in Maharashtra, 1 in Gujarat, 1 in Tamiilnadu, 1 in Uttaranchal , 1 in Utter Pradesh, 1 in Andra Pradesh and 2 in Madya Pradesh.
Saurashtre Somanathamcha Srisaile Mallikarjunam /
Ujjayinyam Mahakalam Omkaramamaleswaram //
Parallyam Vaidyanathancha Dakinyam Bheema Shankaram /
Setu Bandhethu Rameswaram, Nagesam Daruka vane //
Varanasyantu Viswesam Tryambakam Gautameetate /
Himalayetu Kedarm, Ghrishnesamcha vishalake //
These lingas of Bhagwan Shankar also referred to as ‘Dwadash Jyotirlingas’. They are Somnath in Saurashtra, Mallikarjuna in Sri Sailam, Mahakal in Ujjain, Omkareshwar in Vindhaypradesh, Vaidyanath in Chintabhoomi, Bhima Shankar in Dakini, Rameshwar in Setubandh Rameshwaram, Nagesh in Darukavan, Tryambak.