The devotees of Lord Shiv love to worship him and visit jyotirlingas all round the year. As a Hindu, the word “Jyotirlinga” is found most of the time as they grow up. The Hindus are highly esteemed by Shiva’s Jyotirlinga. A Jyotirlinga is a shrine in the form of a Jyotirlingam. Lord Shiva is adorated. Now what is the Jyotirlingam? Now would you ask? It is the glorious sign of The Creator. This is the phallus mark. A Jyotirlinga is Lord Siva ‘s holy image. Jyoti means light, and linga means sign. Jyoti means light. The light of Lord Shiva is Jyotirlinga.

How Many Jyotirlingas Are There In India?

It is believed that on the night of Aridra Nakshatra, Lord Shiva first manifested his love for the Jyotirlinga on earth. The Jyotirlingas don’t have a special look. Many people believe that after reaching a high degree of spiritual achievement you will see these lingas as pillars of fire fracturing the earth. There were originally 64 jyotirlingas, 12 of which were highly auspicious and holy. The 12 temples of Jyotirlinga in India take the presiding god’s name. Each treated Lord Shiva as another manifestation.

Bhimashankar, Pune, Maharashtra

The Jyotirlinga is located in Sahyadri region of Pune. Situated on the banks of Bhima river, and is also considered to be the source of the river. It is marvellous black rock structure believed to be built by Kumbhakarna’s son, and is surrounded by a sanctuary of the same name. 

Trimbakeshwar , Nahik, Maharashtra

 Located near the Brahmagiri mountain, the place of origin of Godavari river also known as Gautami Ganga. According to Shiv Purana, Gautami rishi and Godavari river pleaded Lord to reside here and hence the Lord emerged in the form of Trimbakeshwar. The shape of the Jyotirlinga is unique. There is a void here with three pillars places inside and they symbolize the most powerful gods namely, Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar. |

Somnath, Gujarat

 It is one of the most worshipped pilgrimage sites. Moon was cursed by Prajapati for disregarding the entirety of his spouses aside from one; Rohini. So as to dispose of the revile and recapture his lost gloss and excellence, the worshipped Lord Shiva. The god-like allowed his desire and lived here as Somnath eternally.

Mallikarjuna, Andhra Pradesh

Situated on the banks of Krishna river and also known as ‘Kailash of the south’. Lord Ganesh marrying before Kartikeya left him in anger and hence he went to the Kraunch Mountain. Seeing their son in such state Shiva assumed the form of Jyotirlinga and resided there by the name of Mallikarjuna. It is believed by just looking at the tip of the mountain one is freed of all sins.

Kedarnath, Uttarakhand

The Kedarnath Jyotirlinga is also considered as one of the 4 dhams. The temple is open for 6 months and it’s closed for 6 months due to extreme cold and snowfall. The believe is that after visiting the temple and bathing Jyotirlinga, one can get rid of all unhappiness, ill luck and misfortunes. |

Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu

Rameshwaram Jyotirlinga is believed to be worshipped by lord Rama after he defeated Ravana. The temple is surrounded by sea and displays  its beautiful architecture, decorated corridors. It is also one of the most visited holy places in India.

Kashi Vishwanath, Uttar Pradesh

Known as the Golden Temple in Varanasi it is a popular one on the Jyotirlinga temple. Constructed by a Maratha. Devotees believe that Lord Shiva resided here and offered happiness to all.

Omkareshwar, Madhya Pradesh

The name translated to ‘Lord of Om Sound’. Situated on an island on Narmada river called Shivapuri. The people say that a war between the Gods and demons took place and the devas prayed to Lord Shiva for victory, satisfied with the prayers Shiva appeared as Omkareshwar and helped them.

Nageshwar, Gujarat

Located on the coast of Saurashtra in Gujarat. Thousands of devotees visit this temple, around the year to seek blessings from the shrine of Nageshwar Mahadev. The 25-m tall sculpture of Lord Shiva, huge garden and unhindered perspectives on the azure Arabian ocean, interest the guests. This is one of the most impressive Jyotirlingas in India, which represents insurance of a wide range of toxic substances.

Grishneshwar, Maharashtra

The temple is constructed out of red rock and is a true Shikhara architecture. The sculpture carved out of the red rock is really impressive and it fascinates each and every visitor.

Vaidyanath, Jharkhand

This temple is one of 52 shakti peethas of Sati. Highly worshipped Jyotirlinga. According to priests, Ravana prayed sincerely to Shiva to make Sri Lanka invincible. In return Shiva granted a Jyotirlinga and asked him to carry it safely without placing it on the ground. But unfortunately, he kept it on the ground, and it got rooted. Devotees believe that coming to the temple helps them get rid of misery and suffering  

Mahakaleshwar, Madhya Pradesh

Surrounded by dense forest, Mahakaleshwar is another Jyotirlinga that has immense spiritual significance. It’s believed to be set up by a 5-year-old boy who was inspired by the devotion of King Chandrasena. This place is known to liberate a human being to eternity.


Naa aadi naa ant uska, wo sabka naa inka naa unka, wahi shunya hai wahi aekaay, jiske bheetar basaa Shivaay. Visit these Jyotirlingas in your lifetime and keep chanting “Har Har Mahadev”

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