Sacred 12 Jyotirling Temples In India – Famous Shiva Temples

Sacred 12 Jyotirling Temples In India

The sacred 12 Jyotirling temples in India are highly revered, read here about the Jyotirlinga temples, their history and how to get there.

Sacred 12 Jyotirling Temples In India

Shiva is considered the Supreme God in Hinduism. He is believed to have existed even before creation and would continue to exist even after the universe has come to an end. Shiva temples and more specifically the 12 Jyotirling temples are considered most sacred in Hinduism. Visiting the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva across India is considered to be a very sacred and auspicious pilgrimage.

What are Jyotirlingas? How are they different from other Lingas? Which are the 12 Jyotirling of Lord Shiva in India? Read on to find answers to these questions and more.

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Sacred 12 Jyotirlinga List | List Of 12 Jyotirlinga

List Of 12 Jyotirlinga
List Of 12 Jyotirlingas

This is a list of the 12 Jyotirlinga names and their respective Jyotirlinga temples of India.

  1. Somnath in Saurashtra, Gujarat
  2. Sri Mallikarjuna in Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh
  3. Mahakaleshwar in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh
  4. Omkareshwar in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh
  5. Baidyanath in Deoghar, Jharkhand
  6. Bhimashankar in Maharashtra
  7. Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu
  8. Nageshwara in Daruka Vana, Dwarka in Gujarat
  9. Visweshwara in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
  10. Trimbakeshwar in Trimbak near Nasik, Maharashtra
  11. Kedar in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand
  12. Ghushmeshwar near Aurangabad, Maharashtra

12 Jyotirlinga Map

Here is a map showing the location of the 12 Jyotirlingas.

Jyotirlinga Map
Jyotirlinga Map | 12 Jyotirlinga Map    PC: mapsofindia

Sacred 12 Jyotirlingas And The Shiva Purana

Sacred 12 Jyotirling Temples In India

The Shiva Purana is an ancient text which gives information about Shiva, Shiva symbology, and Shiva legends. It also talks about the twelve Jyotirlingas or the Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Temples in India.

The 12 Jyotirlingas are mentioned in Section 3 – Śatarudra-saṃhitā, of the Shiva Purana. The twelve Jyotirlingas are associated with 12 incarnations of Shiva and they are symbolic manifestations of the Lord on earth.

The Shiva Purana mentions:

“The jyotirliṅgas are—Somanātha in the Saurāṣṭra territory; Mallikārjuna on the mountain Śrīśaila; Mahākāla in Ujjayinī; Amareśvara in Oṃkāra Māndhatā; Kedāra on the Himalaya; Bhīmaśaṅkara in the city of Dākinī; Viśveśvara in the city of Vārāṇasī; Tryambaka on the banks of Gautamī; Vaidyanātha in the cremation ground; Nāgeśa in the forest of Dārukā; Rāmeśvara in the Setubandha Ghuśmeśvara in the Śiva temple.”

The Shiva Purana goes on to mention the circumstances under which Lord Shiva, himself, chose to stay on earth in the form of a Jyotirlinga in these 12 sacred places, and the importance of the 12 Jyotirling, as under:

Somnath Jyotirlinga in Saurashtra, Gujarat

Somnath Jyotirlinga
Somnath Jyotirlinga

“The the first one, Somanātha, annihilated the distress of the moon. O sage, by worshipping, it dispels the ailments of consumption, leprosy etc.”
“This incarnation of Śiva, Someśa, is stationed in the auspicious land of Saurāṣṭra, in the form of a Linga. It was worshipped by the moon formerly.”

“On seeing Someśvara, the great Linga of Śīva, people are freed from sin. They attain worldly pleasures and salvation.”

Srisailam Jyotirlinga in Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh

Srisailam Jyotirlinga
Srisailam Jyotirlinga

“The second incarnation of Śiva Mallikārjuna, on the mountain, Śrīśaila, is the bestower of the desires of devotees.”

“Śiva went there from his mountain, with great pleasure in order to see his son Kārttikeya. It is stationed there in the form of the Linga.”

“It, is very pleasing. By seeing and worshipping it one derives salvation hereafter. There is no doubt in this.”

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga
Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga

“Śiva incarnated himself as Mahākāla in the city of Ujjayinī for the protection of his devotees.”

“The demon Dūṣaṇa, a resident of Ratnamāla, was a defiler of Vedic rites, a hater of brahmins and destroyer of everyone. When he reached Ujjayinī, the lord was meditated upon by the sons of the Vedic brahmins. He reduced the demon to ashes by a mere Huṃkāra.”

“After killing him, on being requested by the gods; lord Mahākāla stayed there in the form of a Jyotirliṅga. He continues to protect his devotees.”

Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh

Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga
Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga

“The fourth incarnation of Śiva the supreme soul, the great lord in Oṃkāra Māndhātā is a bestower of the desires of his devotees.”

“Lord Śiva manifested himself from his earthen Linga devoutly installed by Brahmā and he fulfilled the desires of the mountain.”

“On being requested by the gods the lord in the form of the Linga stayed there two-fold, bestowing worldly pleasures and salvation and being favourably disposed towards his devotees.”

Kedarnath Jyotirlinga in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand

Kedarnath Jyotirlinga
Kedarnath Jyotirlinga

“The fifth great incarnation of Śiva is the Kedāreśā. He is stationed in Kedāra in the form of Jyotirliṅga.”

“It was at the request of the twofold incarnations of Viṣṇu, named Nara and Nārāyaṇa that Śiva stayed in Kedāra on the mountain Himavat.”

“Śiva named Kedāreśvara was worshipped every day by them. He is the bestower of the desires of the devotees, by his sight and worship.”

Bhimashankara Jyotirlinga in Maharashtra

Bhimashankara Jyotirlinga
Bhimashankara Jyotirlinga

“The sixth incarnation of Śiva, the great lord named Bhīmaśaṅkara, performed great Leela. He destroyed the demon Bhīma.”

“After killing this  demon who caused misery to the devotees, the Lord saved the devotee Sudakṣiṇa who was the king of Kāmarūpa.”

“Requested by him Śiva himself in the name of Bhimaśaṅkara stayed in Ḍākinī in the form of Jyotirliṅga.”

Vishweshwara Jyotirlinga in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Vishweshwara Jyotirlinga
Vishweshwara Jyotirlinga

“The seventh incarnation as Viśveśvara at Kāśī is in the form of the entire cosmic egg. It yields worldly pleasures and salvation.”

“He is always worshipped by Viṣṇu and all other gods as well as Kubera and Bhairava.” “He is stationed there in the form of Jyotirliṅga. In his own city, the lord is in the form of Siddha and he confers salvation.”

“Those who repeat the names of Kāśī and Viśvśa and perform their Japa with devotion become unaffected by actions and reach the state of Kaivalya.”

Tryambakeshwar Jyotirlinga in Trimbak near Nasik, Maharashtra

Tryambakeshwar Jyotirlinga
Tryambakeshwar Jyotirlinga

“The eighth incarnation Tryambaka of the moon-crested lord Śiva made its appearance on the banks of the river Gautamī on being requested by the sage Gautama.”

“At the behest of Gautama and with a desire to delight that sage, the lord stood there motionless in the form of Jyotirliṅga.”

“With the blessings of Śiva, and pleased with Gautama, the holy river Gaṅgā, the beloved of Śiva, stayed there in the name of Gautamī.”

Vaidyanatha Jyotirlinga in Deoghar, Jharkhand

Vaidyanatha Jyotirlinga
Vaidyanatha Jyotirlinga

“The ninth incarnation is glorified as Vaidyanātha. The lord indulging in many Leelas manifested himself for the sake of Rāvaṇa.”

“Under the pretext of appearing before Ravana, lord Śiva was installed in the cremation ground in the form of Jyotirliṅga.”

“The lord in the name of Vaidyanātha became famous in the three worlds. Seeing and worshipping him with devotion yields worldly pleasures and salvation.”

Nageshvara Jyotirlinga in Daruka Vana, Dwarka in Gujarat

Nageshvara Jyotirlinga
Nageshvara Jyotirlinga

“The incarnation of Nāgeśvara is glorified as the tenth one. The Lord manifested himself as the chastiser of the wicked for his devotees.”

“He killed the Rākṣasa Dāruka, a violator of virtue. He saved his devotee Supriya who was a merchant king.”

“At the sight of the Shivling named Nāgeśvara and thanks to its worship, heaps of great sins perish immediately.”

Rameshwara Jyotirlinga in Tamil Nadu

Rameshwara Jyotirlinga
Rameshwara Jyotirlinga

“This incarnation of Śiva is the eleventh one. It was pleasing to Rāma and it was installed by him.”

“Worshipped by Rāma, Śiva who is favourably disposed towards his devotees manifested himself in the Shivling and granted the boon of victory to Rāma.”

“The lord, implored ardently by Rāma and propitiated by Rāma stayed at Setubandha in the form of Jyotirliṅga.”

Ghusmeshwar Jyotirlinga | Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga near Aurangabad, Maharashtra

Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga
Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga

“The incarnation of Śiva as Ghuśmeśvara is the twelfth wherein the lord indulged in different sports and conferred bliss on Ghuśmā. He is favourably disposed towards his devotees.”

“The Lord manifested Himself in a lake near the Devaśaila in the southern quarter acting favourably to Ghuśmā.”

“Śiva who is favourably disposed towards his devotees entirely revived the son of Ghuśmā who was killed by Sudehya. He was so pleased with her devotion, at her request, Śiva stayed in the lake in the form of Jyotirliṅga Ghuśmeśvara conferring desires to the devotees.”

It may be noted that though many of the sacred 12 Jyotirlings can be easily identified through the Shiva Purana, the description of a few of them are ambiguous and open to interpretation. This has led to some amount of disagreement and divergent opinions.

Sacred 12 Jyotirling And Adi Shankaracharya

Adi Shankaracharya
Adi Shankaracharya

Adi Shankaracharya, the great Hindu revivalist, saint, and philosopher, is unquestionably an authority of Hindu religion, spirituality, and philosophy. The legacy of the great philosopher-Saint of Kalady includes, not only his voluminous commentaries, treatises, and hymns, it also includes the definition of the Char Dhams and the establishment of the Shankaracharya Peethas.

Char Dham Temples Of India
Char Dham Temples Of India

The Dwadasa Jyotirlinga Stotram, which speaks all about 12 Jyotirlinga temples in India, is part of Adi Shankaracharya’s legacy to the world. Below is the English translation of the Dwadasa Jyotirlinga Stotram, according to Temples In India Info.

I seek refuge of the Soma Nadha,
Who is in the holy and pretty Sourashtra,
Who is dazzling with light,
Who wears the crescent of the moon,
Who has come there to give,
The gift of devotion and mercy.

I salute him who is the bridge to the ocean of life,
Who is in the company of all gods,
And living in the union of Sri Shaila,
Who resides on the peak of Thula,
And who is called Mallikarjuna,

I salute that Maha Kala,
Who is the lord of all devas,
Who has incarnated in the city of Avanthi,
Forgiving salvation to good people,
And to save people from untimely death.

I meditate only on Shiva,
With the form of the letter Om,
Who lives In the city of Mandhatripura,
Which is in the holy confluence
Of rivers Cauvery and Narmadha,
For helping good people cross,
The Ocean of the misery of life.

I salute that Vaidyanatha,
Whose lotus feet are worshipped,
By all asuras and devas,
And who lives in place of eternal shine,
In the northeast of India,
Along with his consort Parvathi.

I seek refuge of Lord Naganatha,
Who lives in the pretty town
Of Sadanga in the southern part,
Who is well decorated,
Who grants all kinds of pleasures,
And who is the only God who grants,
Devotion and salvation.

I meditate on Shiva who is the Lord of Kedara,
Who takes pleasure in the valley of the great mountain,
Who is always worshipped by great sages,
And also devas, asuras, yakshas and nagas.

I meditate on the lord of Triambaka,
Who lives on the peak of western ghats,
On the holy shores of river Godavari,
And who destroys all sins,
Of his devotees who see him.

I meditate with devotion to the lord of Rama,
Who lives in the confluence of river,
Thamravarnee with the sea,
Where a bridge has been built.
With the help of umpteen arrows,
By the Lord Sri Rama Chandra.

I salute that Lord Sankara
Who is the darling of his devotees,
Who is being worshipped by rakshasas,
In the company of Ghosts called Dakini and Sakini,
And who is well known as “Bheema”.

I seek the protection of the Lord of the universe,
Who lives is happily in the forest of joy,
Who is the basis of all happiness,
Who destroys all accumulated sins,
Who is the lord of the city of Varanasi,
And who is the lord of all who does not have anybody.

I seek the refuge of Ghusraneswara,
Who lives and plays in the pretty city of Ilapura,
Who is the greatest among the universe,
And who is by his nature extremely kind.

This prayer which tells about,
The twelve resplendent lingas,
If read with devotion by men,
Would make them be worshipped by others.

12 Jyotirlinga Images With Name And Place

Here is a collage of 12 Jyotirlinga images with their name and place.

12 Jyotirlinga Images With Name And Place
12 Jyotirlinga Images With Name And Place

Legend of The Jyotirlingas

Sacred 12 Jyotirling Temples In India

There is a fascinating story about the genesis of Jyotirlingas which involves the trinity of the Hindu pantheon, namely Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh. Once Brahma and Vishnu were debating about their supremacy when Shiva arrived. He wanted to settle the dispute and so he assumed the form of an infinite beam of light that straddled the three worlds. He then asked Brahma and Vishnu to travel along this beam in opposite directions and find the ends.

Both the Gods could not find the end of the beam of light as it extended to infinity. Lord Vishnu returned back and accepted the fact that he could not find the end. However, Lord Brahma lied, that he had found the end. Lord Shiva was angry seeing Brahma lying and cursed him saying that there would be no worship of him on earth. Lord Vishnu however would be worshipped as an equal to Lord Shiva. The places where the light of the infinite beam of light fell on earth became hallowed places, and the sacred 12 Jyotirlings are among these hallowed places.

Statewise Distribution Of The Sacred 12 Jyotirling Temples

Each one of the sacred 12 Jyotirling temples has its own mystique and divine power that attracts thousands of devotees. These temples have fostered complete towns and cities which are much sought after spiritual destinations in India. Let us take a look at each of these 12 Jyotirlinga places in India, and what they promise for the traveller.

Jyotirlinga Temples of Madhya Pradesh

The beautiful state of Madhya Pradesh, literally the heart of India, is scattered with gems of heritage, spiritual destinations, and natural wonders. It is also home to two of the sacred 12 Jyotirling temples.

Sacred 12 Jyotirling Temples – Ujjain

Mahakaleshwar Ujjain Temple
Mahakaleshwar Ujjain Temple

Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh is a historic city nestling on the banks of the river Shipra. The famous Mahalakeshwar Jyotirling temple is located in the city of Ujjain.

Nearest Airport: Indore at a distance of 56 kilometres.

Other Important Places To Visit: Shree Kaal Bhairav Mandir, Shaktipeeth Maa Harsiddhi Temple, Sandipani Ashram.

Sacred 12 Jyotirling Temples – Khandwa | Omkareshwar

Omkareshwar Khandwa Temple
Omkareshwar Khandwa Temple

The famous Omkareshwar Jyotirling temple is located on an island in Khandwa on the river Narmada. The island is known as Mandhata, Shivpuri. The island is believed to be shaped like the syllable ॐ.

Nearest Airport: Indore at a distance of 84 kilometres

Other Important Places To Visit: Gauri Somnath temple in Mandhata, Shri Mamleshwar Shiv temple, Gaumukh Ghat, Jain Temple Sidhwarkut.

Jyotirlinga Temples of Gujarat

The state of Gujarat is full of heritage sites and sacred temples. It is home to heritage sites including Ahmedabad, Modhera, Rani Ki Vav, and wildlife sanctuaries including Litte Rann of Kutch, and Sasangir. Gujarat is also home to not one but two Jyotirlinga temples. One is of course the famous Somnath temple and the other one is the Nageshwar Jyotirling in Dwarka.

Sacred 12 Jyotirling Temples – Somnath

Somanath Mandir
Somanath Mandir

The Somnath Jyotirling temple stands as a symbol of the eternal culture and faith of India. It has withstood repeated onslaughts and has always emerged as a shining beacon of the faith of the people. The temple stands on the edge of the Arabian Sea in a town named Prabhas Patan. Apart from the Jyotirling temple, there are many places to see in and around Somnath.

Nearest Airport: Diu at a distance of 80 kilometres

Other Important Places To Visit: Bhalka Tirth, Ahalyabai Temple, Triveni Sangam, Prabhas Patan Museum, Dehotsarga, Shree Veneshwar Mahadev Temple.

Watch Somnath live darshan here.

Sacred 12 Jyotirling Temples – Dwarka

Nageshwara Jyotirlinga Gujarat
Nageshwara Jyotirlinga Gujarat

Dwarka in Gujarat is well known for its Dwarkadhish temple. The place is believed to be located at the place where the ancient kingdom Dwarka was established by Krishna in the Dwapara Yuga. The holy land of Dwarka also happens to be the place where the Nageshwar Jyotirlinga temple is located. The holy city of Dwarka has many places to visit for travellers.

Nearest Airport: Jamnagar at a distance of 132 kilometres

Other Important Places To Visit: Dwarkadhish Temple, Rukmini Temple, Beyt Dwarka, Gomti Ghat, Sudama Ghat, Samudra Narayan temple.

Jyotirlinga Temples of Maharashtra

The state of Maharashtra is blessed with three Jyotirlingas that shower their blessings on the faithful who visit these sacred temples.

Sacred 12 Jyotirling Temples – Trimbakeshwar

Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Maharashtra
Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Maharashtra

The Trimbakeshwar Jyotirling temple is located near the source of the Godavari river. This Jyotirling is unique in that it is three-faced. The three faces represent the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh (Shiva). The Jyotirling temple is located in a town named Trimbak in the Nashik district of Maharashtra.

Nearest Airport: Nashik at a distance of 50 kilometres

Other Important Places To Visit: Brahmagiri, Harihar Fort, Anjaneri, Gangadwar (Origin of Godavari), Shirdi.

Sacred 12 Jyotirling Temples – Bhimashankar

Bhimashankar Maharashtra
Bhimashankar Maharashtra

Bhimashankar Jyotirling temple is located in the beautiful Sahyadri ranges in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra. It is situated in a village named Bhorgiri near Pune. The temple is located near the source of the Bhima river.

Nearest Airport: Pune at a distance of 105 kilometres

Other Important Places To Visit: Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary, Ahupe Waterfalls, Hanuman Lake.

Sacred 12 Jyotirling Temples – Ghushmeshwar | Grishneshwar

Ghushmeshwar Jyotirlinga Maharashtra
Ghushmeshwar Jyotirlinga Maharashtra

This Jyotirling temple is located near the famous Ellora Caves in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra. This temple is the smallest of all the 12 Jyotirling temples in India.

Nearest Airport: Aurangabad at a distance of 37 kilometres.

Other Important Places To Visit: Ellora Caves, Daulatabad, Aurangabad.

Jyotirlinga Temple of Jharkhand

The state of Jharkhand has many undiscovered gems. It has a rich tribal culture, abundant nature, and teeming wildlife. It has the quaint and charming little town of McCluskieganj, and many Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist spiritual destinations. The most famous of all these is the Baidyanath Jyotirlinga temple in Deoghar.

Sacred 12 Jyotirling Temples – Deoghar

Baidyanath Deoghar
Baidyanath Deoghar

The Jyotirlinga temple of Vaidyanath or Baidyanath considered to be one of the sacred 12 Jyotirling temples, is located in Deoghar part of the Santhal Paraganas Division of the state of Jharkhand in India. This Shiva temple is part of the famous Kanwar Yatra in which devotees embark on a pilgrimage to fetch waters of the river Ganga, and then offer at important Shiva temples.

There is a smaller temple dedicated to Parvati next to the main Jyotirling temple. What is unique is that the temples are tied together with massive red-coloured sacred threads, that symbolically denote the union of Shiva and Shakti (Parvati).

Nearest Airport: Ranchi at a distance of 252 kilometres. (Deoghar Airport is being constructed)

Other Important Places To Visit: Naulakha Temple, Tapovan Hill.

Jyotirlinga Temple of Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand in the foothills of the Himalayas is a state that is blessed with many spiritual destinations. It is known as Devbhumi, and mysticism has resonated in the state for aeons. It is hence no wonder that Swami Vivekananda spent many initial years in this state. It has temples like the Patal Bhuvaneshwar Shiva temple and other famous destinations that include Haridwar, Rishikesh, Kedarnath, and Badrinath.

Sacred 12 Jyotirling Temples – Kedarnath

Kedarnath Jyotirlinga Uttarakhand
Kedarnath Jyotirlinga Uttarakhand

Kedarnath is one of the famous spiritual destinations in India. It is one of the most famous of the sacred 12 Jyotirling temples in India. It is believed that the Pandavas did penance here, worshipping Shiva. Kedarnath is one of the 4 Chota Char Dham Yatra destinations. The temple is located on the banks of the river Mandakini at a height of about 11,755 feet.

Nearest Airport: Dehradun at a distance of 239 kilometres.

Other Important Places To Visit: Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi, Shri Bhairavnath Temple, Meditation Cave.

Jyotirlinga Temple of Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh, the southern state of India is famous for the Tirupati-Tirumala temple of Balaji. The state is also home to one of the sacred 12 Jyotirlings of India at Srisailam.

Sacred 12 Jyotirling Temples – Srisailam

Sri Mallikarjuna in Srisailam
Sri Mallikarjuna in Srisailam

This Jyotirlinga is considered to be second only to the Somnath Jyotirling temple. The sacred Jyotirling temple is believed to have been visited by Shri Ram and Sita, Pandavas, and in more recent times, Adi Shankaracharya. The unique aspect of the Srisailam Jyotirlinga where Shiva is worshipped as Mallikarjuna is that within the same temple premises is located the temple of Sri Brahmaramba Devi Temple, which is a Maha Shakti Peetha.

Nearest Airport: Hyderabad at a distance of 200 kilometres.

Other Important Places To Visit: Sri BhrahmarambSrisailam Reservoir, Shakshi Ganapati Temple.

Jyotirlinga Temple of Tamil Nadu

The southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu is bedecked with beautiful temples that are as sacred as they are remarkable. The temples of Madurai, Kanchipuram, Srirangam, Thanjavur, are well known, so also Rameshwaram which has one of the sacred 12 Jyotirling temples, the Ramanathaswamy Temple.

Sacred 12 Jyotirling Temples – Rameshwaram

Rameshwaram Tamil Nadu
Rameshwaram Tamil Nadu

The Jyotirling of Rameshwaram is believed to have been established by Lord Rama who prayed here after vanquishing Ravana. The original Shiva Linga is believed to have been made of sand. The Rameshwaram temple has one of the longest corridors amongst Hindu temples. The sacred Rameshwaram is one of the four Char Dham destinations designated by Adi Shankaracharya, the others being Dwarka, Puri, and Badrinath.

Nearest Airport: Madurai at a distance of 179 kilometres.

Other Important Places To Visit: Arulmigu Ramanathaswamy Temple, Dhanushkodi, Agni Teertham, Abdul Kalam House.

Jyotirlinga Temple of Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh is the state that is home to one of the most visited tourist destinations in India, the Taj Mahal in Agra. It is also the state in which many places like Mathura, Vrindavan, and others are located. It is the state where the holy Sangam of Ganga and Yamuna takes place. The ancient and holy city of Varanasi or Kashi. is also located in Uttar Pradesh. The hallowed Kashi Vishwanath temple, one of the sacred 12 Jyotirling temples is located in Varanasi.

Sacred 12 Jyotirling Temples – Varanasi

Visweshwara Jyotirlinga Varanasi
Visweshwara Jyotirlinga Varanasi

The city of Varanasi is one of the most ancient cities in the world. The Kashi Vishwanath temple in its present form was constructed by Ahilyabai Holkar. The temple was destroyed repeatedly by invaders and rebuilt every time. The Kashi Vishwanath temple stands near the banks of the sacred river Ganga.

Nearest Airport: Varanasi at a distance of 26 kilometres.

Other Important Places To Visit: Dashashwamedh Ghat, Assi Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Sarnath.

Click here for the live darshan of Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga.

12 Jyotirlingas of Mahadev – FAQ

Sacred 12 Jyotirling Temples In India

Where are the 12 Jyotirlinga Shivlings in India?
The 12 Jyotirlingas in India are in Somnath, Srisailam, Dwarka, Ujjain, Varanasi, Deoghar, Rameshwaram, Bhimashankar, Grishneshwar, Triambak, Kedarnath, and Omkareshwar.

How many Jyothilingam are there in India?
There are 12 Jyotirlingas in India.

Which is the most powerful Jyotirlinga?
All 12 Jyotirlings are sacred and powerful in their own right.

Who established 12 Jyotirlinga?
It is believed that Lord Shiva himself caused the establishment of the various Jyotirlingas.

Where is Ravana’s Atma Linga?
It is believed that after great penance Lord Shiva gave his Atma Linga to Ravana to carry to Lanka. However, the Gods engineered a series of events because of which the Atma Linga was kept on the ground by Ravana. The belief is that this Atma Linga is the one in the Mahabaleshwar temple of Gokarna in Karnataka.

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19 thoughts on “Sacred 12 Jyotirling Temples In India – Famous Shiva Temples”

  1. Bedabrata Chakraborty

    I will be absolutely honest here. I was never interested in this topic till I read your post. It is a reckoner on Jyotirlingas and that too presented in such interesting manner….

  2. This is a master post of the Jyotirlinga and you have covered each and every detail of the place. I have been to Ujjain and the Mahakal temple. I suggest you can convert your post into an ebook for making it travel guide for all people to access it easily and forever.

  3. My parents are very religious people. Thanks to them I’ve visited atleast 7-8 of these places. Looking forward to pray at the remaining ones. Well-written post!

  4. Your post has made me nostalgic. my parents have a dream to visit all these 12 jyotirling and luckily, we have completed most of the from the list. hope we would get a chance to visit remaining jyotirling soon. you post was as usual a perfect guide for visitors to get all needed information.

  5. So good to read this detailed post on the 12 jyotirling temples . The pictures too are beautiful. Saving this post for future reference.

  6. This is an informative post of the Jyotirlinga and you have covered every detail of the place have heard the story of Aravana’s Atma Linga. This is worth sharing with my parents as they love visiting religious places.

  7. Wonderful post for the devotees. They will get all the information and can plan their visit to these sacred temples.
    And kudos to u too for creating this helpful post.

  8. I went to Kedarnath when I was very small and suffered from pleural edema because of the altitude. So although I loved the beautiful temple, those thoughts come flashing back. Also Varanasi is my sasural, and also the land of Lord Shiva. So o can relate with your post very nicely.

  9. Out of these 12 jyotilings, I have been Somanth and kedarnath. Others are yet to be explored. Thank you for sharing this information it works as a guide and shows the importance of every joytirling.

  10. Of these 12, I’ve visited only one. Tramakeshwar in Nasik. It’s such a beautiful temple. Other wise I have done the Amarnath Yatra and also plan to do Mansarovar but some time in the future.

  11. All the Jyotirlings have so many stories but all reinforces the point that God is always there for his devotees. I have had the chance to visit only 1-2 Jyotirlings in my life, I hope and pray I get to visit all.

  12. I have visited Ujjain city and the jyotirlinga temple there but haven’t got a chance to visit Omkareshwar temple in my own state. As for visiting Kedarnath I have a dreaded story that happened to me. Amazing compilation of all 12 jyotirlinga.

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