Somnath Jyotirling Temple (Somnath)
Somnath Jyotirling Temple is the first of the Jyotirling temples. Chandra Dev built this temple with gold at first. This temple is at the sacred meeting of Hirana, Kapila, and Saraswati rivers. Chandra Dev meditated and prayed here for thousands of years. After that, he received a boon from Mahadev.
Sri Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Jyotirling Temple (Srisailam)
Sri Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Jyotirling Temple in Srisailam is unique and of great significance. HereJyotirling and Shakti Peeth are on the same site. Mallikarjuna is the name of Lord Shiva and Bhramaramba is the name of Parvati Mata. The temple is like a fort near the Krishna River, also called Patalganga.
Mahakaleshwar Jyotirling Temple (Ujjain)
Mahakaleshwar Jyotirling Temple in Ujjain is on the banks of the Shipra river. The Shivling here is ‘Swayambhu’ (Self Appeared). The temple has a south-facing idol of Mahakaleshwar. Which is unique among the Jyotirlingas. Ujjain also has a Shaktipeeth temple – Harsiddhi Mata. adding to Ujjain’s significance.
Omkareshwar Jyotirling Temple (Omkareshwar)
Omkareshwar Jyotirling Temple is on an island called Mandhata in the Narmada River. Narmada Mata is very dear to Lord Shiva. He is present in every pebble of the Narmada river. King Mandhata of the Ikshvaku dynasty and a descendant of Lord Rama prayed to Mahadev here. Mahadev appeared to bless him.
Rameshwaram Jyotirling Temple (Rameshwaram)
Rameshwaram Jyotirling Temple is in Rameshwaram and the southernmost of the Jyotirlingas. Here, Lord Rama, Himself made a Parthiv Shivling and worshipped it before going to Lanka. In the temple, there are two Shivlings. The one made by Sri Ram and the other that was brought from the Himalayas by Hanumanji. There are 22 sacred Kunds within the temple, one for each arrow in Sri Ram’s quiver.
Bhimashankar Jyotirling Temple (Bhimashankar)
Bhimashankar Jyotirling Temple is in the Sahyadri ranges. This temple is within a reserved forest. This is also where the Bhima river originates. An extremely revered religious site, Sant Dnyaneshwar, has worshipped here. Bhimashankar Jyotirling is one of the most ancient temples.
Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirling Temple (Varanasi)
Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirling temple stands on the banks of the Ganga river. And is of the greatest significance. Kashi is a timeless spiritual destination known as the bestower of ‘Moksha’. Adi Shankaracharya, Paramhans Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda, Guru Nanak have all visited this temple. After writing the Ramayana, Goswami Tulsidasji first placed it here at the temple.
Trimbakeshwar Jyotirling Temple (Trimbak)
Trimbakeshwar Jyotirling temple is on the banks of the holy Godavari river. Trimbak was the original site of the Kumbh Mela which was later shifted to Nashik. This Jyotirling temple is unique because of its three-faced Linga. Which represents Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh (Rudra). The Pandavas gave the three crowns to the Lingas here.
Grishneshwar Mahadev Jyotirling Temple (Verul – Ellora)
Grishneshwar Jyotirling temple is the smallest of the Jyotirling temples in size. But not in importance. Its location is 1 km from the Ellora caves tells about its significance as a pilgrimage. The Shivling faces east, and within the temple are figures of the 10 Avatars of Lord Vishnu in red stone. A five-tiered Shikhara testifies to the temple’s timelessness.
Baidyanath Jyotirling Temple (Deoghar – Jharkhand)
Baidyanath Jyotirling temple is a highly revered pilgrimage. This site is disputed by some. But Adi Shankaracharya has indicated this location in one of his verses. This is the place where Ravana cut and offered his ten heads to Lord Shiva. Mahadev, pleased with his devotion appeared as ‘Vaidya’. And rejoined the heads and blessed him. Hence the name – Baidyanath. In Shravan month, the temple overflows with ‘Kanwariyas’ who offer Ganga-Jal to the Lord.
Kedarnath Jyotirling Temple (Kedarnath)
Kedarnath Jyotirling in Kedarnath is the highest of the Jyotirlingas. And it is near the Mandakini river. The first of the Panch-Kedar, the temple as a pilgrimage goes back to the Mahabharata era. The Pandavas built this temple at first as per Skanda Purana. The highest of rewards is doing Puja or Darshan here. This is the abode of Lord Shiva.
Nageshwar Mahadev Jyotirling Temple (Nageshwar – Dwarka)
Nageshwar Mahadev Jyotirling Temple is near Dwarka, Gujarat. It is a highly revered Jyotirling. Shiv-Purana mentioned this temple. Mahadev appeared to bless a devotee and protect him from demons. An ancient pilgrimage for centuries, Jyotirlinga is in a chamber below ground level. A 25-meter tall statue of Lord Shiva in Padmasana is on the temple premises.