The 12 Jyotirlingas

Jyotirlingas are shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva that can be found throughout India, with 12 Jyotirlingas having their own legend associated with each temple.

Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga can be found less than one kilometer from Ellora caves in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra and according to Shiv Purana it was built by Kusuma, an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva.


Somnath is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva and is also known as the Eternal Shrine. Over its long history, Somnath was destroyed and rebuilt several times with Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel initiating its latest reconstruction effort in 1947.

This exquisite temple can be found near Veraval Port in Saurashtra region of Gujarat state and is mentioned in numerous ancient texts such as Skanda Purana and Rig Veda.


Nageshwar is widely known for being the Temple of Snakes and attracts thousands of worshipers annually, who believe that by praying at this location they can get protection against snakebite.

Daruka was imprisoned by Daruka, an evil sea serpent who imprisoned Supriya, one of Lord Shiva’s devotees, along with many others in an underwater city that was filled with sea snakes. When their pleas for help reached Lord Shiva, He appeared and killed Daruka.


Bhimashankar Temple in Pune District, Maharashtra is one of twelve Jyotirlinga shrines across India, located near Bhorgiri village in Bhorgiri Village near Bhimashankar’s Jyotirlinga shrines and is home to forests, rivers and mountains which draw not only pilgrims but also nature enthusiasts to its entrance. The Bhimashankar temple offers spiritual as well as nature lovers alike an unforgettable pilgrimage experience.

On social media, the actor shared a video of himself offering prayers at an ancient temple and praying for their wellbeing and that of their nation and people alike, also paying homage to India’s rich spiritual history.


Trimbakeshwar Temple boasts three lingams representing Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva as well as Narayan Nagbali shrine. There are various vidhis to perform here including Kalsarp puja, Mahamrityunjay Mantra Jaap, etc. All should be carried out with guidance of an authentic Guruji.

According to tradition, Sage Gautama fed his fellow sages and earned enough merit here to end a 24-year famine at this location.


Grishneshwar, or Ghrneshwar, is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple can be found near Ajanta and Ellora caves and was rebuilt several times, most recently by Queen Ahilyabai Holkar in 18th century India.

Maloji Bhosale, the Chief of Verul Town, constructed this beautiful temple during the 16th century. Rani Ahilyabai Holkar renovated and enhanced its splendor during the 18th century.


People whose names begin with Vaidyanath tend to be loving and caring towards family members. Additionally, they make good friends within their group and are quite popular within it; many actively promote education in some way or another.

Beginning your journey from Somnath in Gujarat, visit Trimbakeshwar and Bhimashankar in Maharashtra; Grishneshwar at Aurangabad in Maharashtra; Kedarnath in Uttarakhand and Omkareshwar and Mahakaleshwar in Madhya Pradesh to round off your visit.


Attending Mahakaleshwar’s Bhasma Aarti ceremony is thought to help individuals attain salvation and break free of their cycle of birth and death. Additionally, this temple contains one of only two Jyotirlinga shrines with south-facing idols.

Lord Shiva represents time at this temple. Because his statue faces southward, this landmark Shaivite site has earned the moniker Dakshinmukhi and remains one of Ujjain’s premier Shaivite sites.


Omkareshwar is a sacred town and pilgrimage centre situated on an island that resembles an AUM symbol, home to one of 12 Jyotirlinga shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. Attracting tourists as well as devotees alike.

According to legends, King Mandhata performed penance on this sacred island and Lord Shiva appeared as a Jyotirlinga as a result. Today it’s widely recognized as a place of peace and serenity.


Kedarnath stands as an incredible testament to engineering marvel, offering breathtaking panoramic views over its pristine surroundings. This temple stands as an incredible testament to this feat of engineering and provides breathtaking panoramic vistas for pilgrims visiting this holy site.

Kedarnath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, boasts an unforgettable atmosphere which draws visitors from across India. Don’t miss visiting Chorabari Glacier Lake and Bhairon Nath Temple when visiting this holy site!


Rameshwaram, located near Pamban Bridge on an island off India’s southern coast, impresses travellers with its breathtaking architecture. A sacred site for Hindus, Rameshwaram boasts numerous theerthams for worshippers to use during their stay here.

Lord Shiva is worshiped here at this architectural masterpiece with its grand structure, majestic towers, pillars, corridors and intricate sculptures that define its identity as one of 12 Jyotirlingas (flaming jewels).

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