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Trimbakeshwar : Jyotirlinga In India


Trimbakeshwar temple is a religious center having one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. The extraordinary feature of the Jyotirlinga located here is its three faces embodying Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Rudra. Due to excessive use of water, the linga has started to erode. It is said that this erosion symbolizes the eroding nature of human society. The Lingas at Trimbakeshwar are covered by a jeweled crown which is placed over the Gold Mask of Tridev (Brahma Vishnu Mahesh). The crown is said to be from the age of Pandavs and consists of diamonds, emeralds, and many precious stones. The crown is displayed every Monday from 4-5 pm (Shiva).All other Jyotirlingas have Shiva as the main deity. The entire black stone temple is known for its appealing architecture and sculpture and is at the foothills of a mountain called Brahmagiri.Three sources of the godavari originate from the brahmagiri mountain. Introduction of the holy place Shri Trimbakeshwar

500 years back from now there was built a city which later on became famous as Trimbakeshwar. In the period of the Peshwas regime Nana Saheb Peshwa had instructed to sonstruct the Trimbakeshwar temple and developed and beautified the city of Trimbakeshwar.
There is a mountain named the Brihmagiri Mountain 18 K.M. from the city of Nasik in the Nasik district. This is one of the parts of the Sahayadri Vallies. The city of Trimbakeshwar is located in the bottom of this mountain. This is a beautiful natural place with the cold weather as it is situated 3000 ft. above from the sea. There are two different routes to get to here. From Nasik to Trimbakeshwar, it is only 18 K.M. This route was built by the help of Shri Kashi Nath Dhate in A.D. 871. One can easily get amode of transport from here every hour.

The other easy route is the Igatpuri - Trimbakeshwar rute. This route is 28 K.M. long. Unlike the Nasik -Trimbateshwar road. Only some particular and pre-planned and certain mode of transport are available over here.

For the visitors coming from the North the Nasik-Trimbakeshwar route is the better one and more comfortable. The Municiple Corporation was established in Trimbakeshwar in 1866 A.D. The corporation is seruing and taking care of the devotees and tourists for 120 years. The corporation has cleansed,beautified and extended the important roads for the comfort of the visitors. The unforgettable establishment of the Phadanvees of the Holkars and the Peshawas are very much ornated and preserved.

Sri Sailam : Jyotirlinga ( Lord Shiva) Andhara Pradesh India

Sri Sailam Jyotirlinga Picture

Significance: This is one of the greatest Saivite shrines in India and it constitutes one of the 12 Jyotirlingam shrines of Shiva. The presiding deities here are Mallikarjuna (Shiva) and Bhramaramba (Devi).

Temple of Sri Sailam Andhara Pradesh, Sri Sailam Jyotirlinga Photo, Picture
This is an ancient temple with fort like walls, towers and a rich endowment of sculptural work. This huge temple built in the Dravidian style with lofty towers and sprawling courtyards is one of the finest specimens of Vijayanagar architecture.

Sri Sailam Jyotirlinga Andhara Pradesh, Lord Shiva Jyotirlinga

The Satavahanas of the 2nd century AD have referred to it and the Saivite Tamil Saints have sung its glory. The Kakatiyas and the Vijayanagar kings (esp Krishnadevaraya) have made several endowments here. This temple is of immense religious, historical and architectural significance.

Srisailam is located in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. This whole area is full of forests of Kadali, Bilva trees, mountain ranges and Patalaganga (Krishnaveni river). All of them echo from these joyous voices of devotees.
Puranic History of Srisailam
When Kumar Kartikeya returned to Kailash after completing his trip around the earth, he heard about Ganesha�s marriage from Narada. This angered him. In spite of being restrained by his parents, he touched their feet in obeisance and left for Krounch Mountain. Parvati was very distraught at having to be away from her son, implored Lord Shiva to look for their son. Together, they went to Kumara. But, Kumara went away a further three Yojanas, after learning about his parents coming after him to Krouncha Mountain. Before embarking on a further search for their son on each mountain, they decided to leave a light on every mountain they visited. From that day, that place came to be known as JyotirLinga Mallikarjuna. It is believed that Shiva and Parvati visit
this palce on Amavasya (No moon day) and (full Moon day) Pournami, respectively.
Visiting this JyotirLinag not only blesses one with
innumerable wealth, but also name and fame and fulfils all the desires.
Once, a princess named Chandravati decided to go to the Jungles to do penance and meditation. She chose Kadali Vana for this purpose. One day, she witnessed a miracle. A Kapila cow was standing under a Bilwa tree and milk was flowing from all of its four udders, sinking into the ground. The cow kept doing this as a routine chore everyday.
Chandravati dug up that area and was dumb founded at what she saw. There was a self-raising Swyambhu SivaLinga. It was bright and shining like the sun rays, and looked like it was burning, throwing flames in all directions. Chandravati prayed to Siva in this JyotirLinga. She built a huge Shiva Temple there. Lord Shankara was very pleased with
her. Chandravati went to Kailash wind borne. She received salvation and Mukti. On one of the stone-inscriptions of the temple, Chandravati story can be seen carved out.
Location and Development of mallikarjuna swamy temple
Shaila Mallikarjuna�s holy place is located on the banks of River Krishna. Here River Krishna is in the form of Patalaganga (underground spring). Lakhs of devotees take a holy dip here and then go for the Darshan of the JyotirLinga.
During the Karnataka Movement, Chatrapati Shivaji used to come to take a Darshan
of the JyotirLinga during the Maharatri. He built a tower on the right side of the Temple and also opened a free-meal center.


Antiquity The origins of this temple are buried in antiquity. The Skanda Purana has a chapter dedicated to it. The great religious leader Aadi Sankara is said to have visited this shrine and composed his immortal Sivananda Lahiri here. Praise of this temple has been sung by the Tamil Saint poets of the past millennium.
The shrine dedicated to Bhramaramba is considered to be of great significance. Legend has it that Durga is said to have assumed the shape of a bee and worshipped Shiva here, and chose this place as her abode.

Temples in the vicinity:
1. Tripurantakam to the east of Sree Sailam.
2. Siddavatam of Cuddapah district to the South
3. Alampur Navabhrama temples in Mahboobnagar district to the West
4. Umamaheswaram in Mahboobnagar district to the North.
5. Paladhara Panchadara - the spot where Adi Sankara is said to have meditated.
6. Hatakeswaram: another Shiva temple near Paladhara Panchadara where the lingam was originally made of gold.
7. Sakthi Ganapathi temple: It is considered important to visit this temple before visiting Sri Sailam.
8. Kailasa Dwaram: The main entrance to Sri Sailam for those trekking to the temple
9. Sikharam: There is a hill temple dedicated to Shiva at a height of 2850 feet above sea level in the Nallamalai hills
10. Patalaganga: is where the bathing ghats associated with Sri Sailam are located. (Krishna river).
Tripurantakam, Siddavatam, Alampura and Umamaheswaram are considered to be the four gateways to Sri Sailam.

The Temple of Somnath Jyotirlinga at Gujarat, India

Somnath Patan, it is situated veraval in Gujarat it is the famous and great reverence in all India. It has 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, which is very inserting to know. In Gujarat it is situated on the south coast of Saurashtra.
Skanda Purana was the chapter of Prabhasa Khanda in which full of describe was written about Somanth. About this the legend was it the Lord Shiva has in the old aeon was referred as Mrityunjaya, Kaalagnirudra, Amritesa, Anamaya, Kritivasa and Bhairavanatha at there in Somnath.

The fact of legend is that Kalabhairava Shivalinga was at the Prabhasa was doing theworshipped of the moon, at that time Lord Shiva was in the Somanth. The Skanda Purana was described the most attractive Sparsa Linga of Somnath which is looking like a bright like a sun, his size is egg type and had lodged it in to the underground. Mahabharata was depending on this refer which the Prabhasa Kshetra and there also we can here about the moon worshipping of Lord Shiva.

By the legend it said that moon had married to the 27 daughter of Daksha Prajapati. He is very to Rohini, she was nice and not neglected to any body. Daksha was always get angered to him. And that time Chandra was disturbed and he went down to Prabhasa with Rohini and started the prayer of Sparsa Linga of Somnath she was success in worshipped and the Lord Shiva had given blessed and said she will shine always in the bright half. And at last the moon spread his light here, so that is why this place or town said to be a Prabhasa. The main trinity Bhrama had setup the Bhramasila and had taken the responsibility of temple to developed it with her nice way 

This fact and all this story about the Somanth was described by a Arab traveller Al Biruni, which has prompted his account by Mahmud of Ghazini was at that time destroyed the temple in 1025 CE. This news was immediately gone to the most famous king of Gujarat her name was King Bhima and King Bhoja of Malwa. In the second time also this temple was not lucky and it destroyed again by Alaf Khan, he was the general of Allauddin Khilij in the year 1300 CE. And also in third time by the king of Mahipala of the Chudasama dynasty. Its bad movement is stand in front of his it was destroyed so many time in the year 1390, 1490, 1530, and finally in 1701 it was destroyed by Aurangazeb. It was build rapidly in every time when it is destroyed.

At last in the year 1783, the most famous queen Ahilyaghai Holkar had given a new face to the temple. And after in 1951 the president of India had setup the Jyotirlingam of Lord Shiva in the same Bhramasila were old temple had been built. Very important point is that the queen Ahilyabhai Holkar installed the Kasi Viswanatha temple in Benares and the second temple which is Vishnu Paada temple at Gaya, which is destroyed by the earlier.
We can see the entrance of the Somnath just like a Junagadh Gate. There also we can see the temple of sun at Somnath. And to the east we can find the town of Bhalka Theertha which is linked with the Legend of Krishna’s Swargaarohanam.

Rameswaram : Jytirlinga of Hindu God Shiva in Tamil Nadu

Location: Rameswaram (Pandya Naadu),

Lord Shiva: Ramanathaswamy,

Ambal: Malaivalarkaadali, Parvatavartini,
Theerthan: Dhanushkoti, Patikam: Sambandar, Appar , Travel
Base: Rameswaram
Description: this Shivastalam is one of the most holiest shrines in India according to story of shiva. It was represent the southernmost of the 12 Jyotirlingams of India which has been a time of honored pilgrimage center held on par with Banaras. The island temple town which was situated of the Sethu coast of Tamilnadu. This shrine was regarded as the 8th of the Tevara Stalams in the Pandya region of Tamilnadu. This temple of shiva is assocated closely with the Ramayana and Rama’s Victorious return from the Sri Lanka.

Rameswaram is an interesting temple of lord shiva both are from the standpoint
 of it associated with Rama and from a structural standpoint. A. huge temple in the island of Rameswaram

Legend: it was the God Rama worshipped of Shiva in the form of a Lord Shiva Lingamwhich is made up of a earth by Sita, while it was returning to Ayodhya. The Legend is that Human was entrusted with the task of bringing images of Viswanathar from the Benares. Anticipating delay in Hanuman’s return from Benares, Rama is said to have offered worship at a pre-chosen auspicious moment to a Shivalingam fashioned out of the earth by Sita. This lingam is referred to as Ramalingam and the town is known as Rameswaram.

There is yet another Shivalingam here – Viswanathar was said to been brought by Hanuman from Banares. This Shivalingam is referred to as Kasilingam and Hanumalingam. The prayers are offered to Viswanathar before they are offered to the Ramanathaswamy. Legend has the Rama that worshipped Tilakeswarar at the Devipatnam nearby enroute to the Sri Lanka.
There is also a shrine to which we are sethuMadhava and Lakshmi in Rameswaram. Sethu Madhava is also referred to as Sweta Madhava, the term Sweta was referring to the white stone with which the image is made.

The Gandamadana parvatam: is a hill on the island which bears a small shrine containing 
imprints of Rama's feet held in worship Architecture and History: the surrounding area of this temple is 15 acres, and has lofty gopurams, massive walls and a colossal Nandi. Rameswaram also boast of a 4000 feet long pillared corridor with over 4000 Pillars, which has longest in the world. The carved granite pillars are mounted on a raised platform. What is unique about this corridor is that rock is not indigenous to the islands and it was brought same elsewhere in Tamilnadu across the sea. The eastern Rajagopuram towers to a height of 126 feet and which has nine levels. There was a western Rajagopuram, through impressive which is not so tall as the Eastern one. The Nandi images is about 18 feet tall and 22 feet is the length.

It is believed that the ancient shrine was housed in a thatched hut until the 12th century and that there was the 1st ever masonry structure it has been built by the Parakrama Bahu of Shri Lanka. The Setupathy rulers of Ramanathapuram it was completed the rest of the temple. There are some of the temple Vimaanams of the Pallava period. Much of the additions was carried out between the 12th and the 16th centuries. There was a long corridors dates back only to see the 18th century. The Gandhamadhana Parvatam which is providing a good images of the temple. This temple was received royal patronage from the several kingdoms Such as Travancore, Ramanathapuram, Mysore and Pudukkottai.
Worship: there was a rules for worship that six worship services are carried out in each day, the time of the first is at 5 am. And if you want the special worship services then it is get on every Friday. Festival: Rama’s worship was commemorated in the month of Aani which has two annual Bhrammotsavams which is celebrated in Aadi and in Maasi. Theertham: There are 36 Theerthams in Rameswaram of which 22 are in the temple and these waters are said to possess the medical properties. Bathing is the very important from all these great significance. The Agni theertham refers to which the ocean while the Koti theertham which is situated in the temple itself.

Other point of interest: The Gandamadana parvatam which is provide a commanding view of the island. It was also the bears a shrine said to bear which is the footprint of rama. Dhanuskoti which is the easternmost tip of the island, where legend has it that Rama with the tips of his island, where the legend has it that Rama with their tips of his bow was destroyed the bridge that he had built between the island and Srilanka, during his victorious return. There is a Kodandarama temple located on the way between Dhanushkoti and the Ramanatha temple. Tiruppullaani nearby represents the site where Rama sojourned on his way to Lanka. Devipatnam is home to the Navapaashaanam stones installed by Rama.

Photos of Omkareshwar Lord Shiva Jyotirlinga

Omkareshwar : Lord Shiva Jyotirlinga at Madhya Pradesh

Here is the story of lord shiva (Hindu God). We will start it by mantra (Vandana) “Om Namah Shivae”. The Shiva Temple (Jyotirlinga) Omkareshwar was situated in the Madhya Pradesh, on the hills of Mandhata which is on the bank of the Narmada is one of the 12 revered Jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva. It is located at a distance of about 12 miles from Mortakka in Madhya Pradesh.

The river Narmada was two and forms as an island Mandhata or Shivapuri in the centre. The shape of the island resembles that of the visual representation of the omkara sound, Om. Here is two famous temple which are Omkareshwar and other one is Amareshwar.

Legend: there was a Vindhya mountain prayed to Lord Shiva – Omkareshwara which is blessed here. The Legend also has it own the request of the Devas, the Shivalinga and they split in to two, one half being Omkareshwara and the other Amaleshwara or Amareshwar, King Mandhatha of the Ishvaku clan is believed to have worshipped of Lord Shiva here.
Govinda Bhagavatpaada, is the guru of Sankaracharya which believed to have lived in a cave here.

From the bank of the river ferry you can reach this temple. The Omkareshwar was built in the Nagara style is characterized by a lofty shikhara. There are also shrines to Annapurna and Ganesha here.

About Shri Omkar Mandhata Temple :Omkareshwar, the sanctified island, is located in the state of Madhya Pradesh in central India. The island of Omkareshwar is shaped in the form of the holiest of all Hindu religion symbols, ‘Om’. This is the sole reason why the place has drawn to itself hundreds of generations of pilgrims. Omkareshwar is at the conflux of the River Narmada and River Kaveri. The temple of Shri Omkar Mandhata stands on the island, one mile long and half mile wide, which was formed by the fork of the Narmada River. Shri Omkar Mandhata has one Jyotiralingam of Lord Shiva, which is one among the twelve Jyotiralingas throughout India. Thousands of pilgrims and tourists visit this temple every year just to kneel before the shrine and offer prayer. Shri Omkar Mandhata is a large stately structure of stone and the inner chamber is deep inside the temple. The construction of the temple is done without any cement and on the structure supporting the temple there are striking cuttings. Shri Omkar Mandhata was constructed with soft stone and hence the stone surface made it possible for the workers to do an uncommon degree of detailed work. Among the intricate carvings, the most prominent part is the frieze figures on the upper portion of the temple. The stone roof of the temple is also intricately carved. The shrine, Shri Omkar Mandhata, is surrounded by verandahs with columns which are carved in squares, circles and polygons.

General Information about Shri Omkar Mandhata Temple :
Location: Omkareshwar 77 Km From Indore
State: Madhya Pradesh
Capital: Bhopal
Language: Hindi, English
Temperature: Max 42˚C, Min 27˚C (summer), Max 26˚C, Min 14˚C (winter)

Photos of Lord Shiva Jyotirlinga : Mahakaleshwar Ujjain