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12" Jyotirlinga Shloka

Vishwanath Jyotirling
Kashi Vishwanath Temple

सौराष्ट्रे सोमनाथं च श्रीशैले मल्लिकार्जुनम्।

उज्जयिन्यां महाकालमोङ्कारममलेश्वरम्॥

[ Somnath in Saurashtra and Sri Mallikarjuna in Srisailam,

Mahakala (Mahakaleshwara) in Ujjain, Omkareshwara in (Khandwa) ]
 

परल्यां वैद्यनाथम् चिताभूमो च डाकिन्यां भीमशङ्करम्।

सेतुबन्धे तु रामेशं नागेशं दारुकावने॥
[
Baidyanath in Deoghar and Bhimashankara in Dakinya,
Ramesham (Rameshwara) in Sethubandh, (Nagesham) Nageshwara in Daruka-Vana ]

 

वाराणस्यां तु विश्वेशं त्र्यम्बकं गौतमीतटे।

हिमालये तु केदारं घुश्मेशं च शिवालये॥

[ Vishwesham (Vishweshwara) in Varanasi, Tryambakam (Trayambakeshwara) at bank of the river Gautami (Godavari),

Kedar (Kedarnath) in the Himalayas and Ghushmesh in Shivalay , (Grishneshwar) at (Aurangabad, Maharashtra) ]

 

एतानि ज्योतिर्लिङ्गानि सायं प्रातः पठेन्नरः।

सप्तजन्मकृतं पापं स्मरणेन विनश्यति॥

[ One who recites these jyotirlingas every evening and morning,

is relieved of all sins committed in past seven lives. ] 

एतेषां दर्शनादेव पातकं नैव तिष्ठति।

कर्मक्षयो भवेत्तस्य यस्य तुष्टो महेश्वराः॥:

[ One who visits these, gets all his wishes fulfilled,

and one's karma gets eliminated as Maheshwara gets satisfied to the worship. ]

12 Jyotirling Google Map:- https://goo.gl/maps/3bLWqQKXKCBB7Hms9

12" Jyotirlinga Story

According to a Shaiva legend from the Shiva Purana, once, Brahma (the god of creation) and Vishnu (the god of preservation) had an argument over their supremacy. To settle the debate, Shiva pierced the three worlds, appearing as a huge, infinite pillar of light, the jyotirlinga. Brahma and Vishnu decided to ascend and descend across the pillar of light respectively, to find the end of the light in either direction. According to some iterations, Vishnu assumed his Varaha avatar to achieve this task, while Brahma rode a hamsa (swan). Brahma lied that he had discovered the end of the light, producing a ketakī flower as proof, while Vishnu admitted that he could not find the end of the light from his journey. The dishonesty of Brahma angered Shiva, causing him to curse the creator deity that he would not be worshipped; he also declared that Vishnu would be eternally worshipped for his honesty. The jyotirlinga shrines are regarded to be the temples where Shiva appeared as a fiery column of light.

Originally, there were believed to have been [64] jyotirlings of which [twelve 12] are considered to be very auspicious and holy. The twelve jyotirlinga sites take the names of their respective presiding deity, and each is considered a different manifestation of Shiva. At all these sites, the primary image is lingam, representing the beginningless and endless stambha pillar, symbolising the infinite nature of Shiva.

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