JYOTIRLINGA : THE STORY OF THE light

There is a holy place called “Jwala Mukhi” in the valleys ot tho Himalayas. Afire, emerging from the very core of earth, burns constantly, lighting up the entire area. The Lord Parameshwara Himself, Shubhanknr Shankar, has taken an incarnation of the Eternal Light. The place is always bustling with large…

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12 JYOTIRLINGA DARSHAN 1 SAURASHTRA-SOMNATH

“Jay Somanath! Jay somanth”! The Viraval port and Prabnas Pattana in Sourashtra, echo will shouts ol joy with the above chanting by hordes of pilgrims. The waves hitting the steps of the Mandirghat seem to join the happy chanting. They seem to say ‘Jay Shankar, Jay Shankar” This low baritone…

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12 JYOTIRLINGA DARSHAN 2 .SRI MALLIKARJUNA

Srisailam is located in Kumool district in Andhra Pradesh. Shouts of joy fill the place. This whole area is full of forests of Kadali, Bilwa trees, mountain ranges and Patalaganga. All of them echo from these joyous voices of devotees. In the ancient times, Lord Shankara was supposed to be…

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12 JYOTIRLINGA DARSHAN 3 SRI MAHAKALESHWAR

Usually there is a Temple built for the village. Or a village exists for I the Temple. Or sometimes, a village is full of Temples, This is a very rare I occurrence. On the banks of river Kshipra, the city of Ujjain exists in Madhya I Pradesh. It is also…

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12 JYOTIRLINGA DARSHAN 4. SRI OMKARAMAMALESHWARAM

From the Vindhyanchal mountain range in Madhya Pradesh, the main river of India, Narmada, turns westward and meanders in that direction. The deep wide river looks like it has assimilated into itself all the sins and sorrows of the humans and releasing them from these. This river Narmada, which flows…

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12 JYOTIRLINGA DARSHAN 5 SRI VAIDYANATHA

If one is to draw aline between Kanyakumari and Ujjain, Parali Village can be clearly seen on that line. This village is located on the slopes of Meru or Naganarayana Mountain. Parali is an ancient village located near three rivers, Brahma, Venu and Saraswati. because of the location of one…

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12 JYOTIRLINGA DARSHAN 6 SHRI BHIMA SHANKAR

On the banks of the River Chandrabhaga (Bhima) on the expansive meadows, a large number of devotees (Varkari) can be seen dancing as if they are in a trance. This is a constant scene in Pandharpur. Bheemamayya (mother Bhima) is equated with Ganga-Bhagirathi and people take a holy dip in…

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12 JYOTIRLINGA DARSHAN 7 SRI RAMESHWAR

Taking the Ganga water to Rameshwar, is considered as a very suspicions and pious thing to do after the pilgrimage of the four holy shrines. After taking a holy bath in the Bindumadhav with Ganga waters, the holy water is carried and offered in Dhanushkoti Setumadhav, After this a little…

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12 JYOTIRLINGA DARSHAN 8 SRI NAGANATH

When Dakshaprajapati held a Mahayana, he did not invite Shankara for it. Parvati could not tolerate this slight. She jumped into the Agnikund of the holy fire and gave up her life. This made Shankara very unhappy and sorrowful. He started to wander in the forests. He reached a huge…

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12 JYOTIRLINGA DARSHAN 9 Kashi Vishwanath

Where the Varana and Asi rivers joint the Ganges, a beautiful city was built there in the ancient times. It was named Varanasi. Varanasi, a place of pilgrimage, a tribe called kasha used to live. Therefore, Varanasi was also known as kashi. Near Kashi, Ganga flows in the shape of…

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12 JYOTIRLINGA DARSHAN 10 SRI TRYAMBAKESHWAR

Of the twelve JyotirLingas of Lord Shankara, the tenth one is known as Tryambakeshwara. This great JyotirLingas on the banks of Gautami has a unique form. The Lord in this Temple’s Garbhagriha is not worshipped with Abhisheka with water (Jalahari) unlike others. There is just a bottom part of the…

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12 JYOTIRLINGA DARSHAN 11. SHRI KEDARNATH

Among the twelve JyotirLingas of Bhagwan Shankara, the one at Kedarnath is located in the snow-covered area of the Himalayas. This JyotirLingas can be visited only during six months is a year, From the month of Vaishakha to Ashwin (Ashwiyaja) is the time when pilgrims can make the journey to…

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12 JYOTIRLINGA DARSHAN of 12 SHRI GRISHNESHWAR

“Blessed by VerulNagar, there is no other place like it on this earth, where Lord Grishneswara resides, the best place on this earth. -Madhwamunishwar On this holy pilgrimage of the JyotirLingas of Lord Shankara, the last one, with out whiten the Pilgrimage will not be considered as complete, is the…

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