Grishneswar

Sri Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga

Sri Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga, Aurangabad, Maharashtra The 12th Jyotirlinga is located in Ellora (also called Verul), less than a kilometre from Ellora Caves – about 30km from Aurangabad district of Maharashtra. Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga is also known as Ghrneshwar or Gushmeshwar, meaning “Lord of Compassion”. Introduction The Grishneshwar temple, built of red rocks, is composed of a …

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Kedarnath

Sri Kedarnath Jyotirlinga

Sri Kedarnath Jyotirlinga, Uttrakhand The 11th Jyotirlinga is the highest of the 12 jyotirlingas, situated at an altitude of over 3,500m in Uttarakhand, at the head of the Mandakini and mythical Saraswati River. Introduction One of the first references of Kedarnath is in the Skanda Purana that was written around 7th and 8th century AD. …

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Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu

Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu (World Heritage Site) Sri Pashupatinath Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, located along the sacred Bagmati river in Kathmandu, Nepal. This Pashupatinath Temple was classified as a World Heritage Site in 1979. Deity of Pashupatinath Temple The main idol of Pashupatinath Temple is a stone Mukhalinga with a silver …

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Rameshwaram Temple

Sri Rameswaram Jyotirlinga

Sri Rameswaram Jyotirlinga, Tamil Nadu The 7th Jyotirlinga is located in an island on the eastern seashore of Ramanathapuram District, Tamil Nadu state. The temple is located at 155km from Madurai. Introduction Rameshwaram Jyotrlnga is one of the oldest and most famous pilgrimage centre in India. It is associated with the history of the Ramayana …

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Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga

Sri Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga

Sri Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga, Maharastra The 6th Jyotirlinga is located 50km Khed taluka, near Pune, Maharastra. It is located in village Bhorgiri, about 125km from Pune, in the Ghat region of Sahyadri Mountains. Bhimashankar is also the source of the river Bhima, which flows southeast and merges with the Krishna river near Raichur. Introduction As per …

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Sri Baidyanath Jyotirlinga

Sri Baidyanath Jyotirlinga, Jharkhand The 5th Jyotirlinga is located in Deoghar, Jharkhand. Shri Baidyanath or Vaidyanath dham also known as Baba Baidyanath Dham, the most sacred abodes of Lord Shiva. Introduction Along with the main temple of Baba Baidyanath, there are 21 other temples. Some of these shrines are for Parvati, Ganesha, Brahma, Kalabhairav, Hanuman, …

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Mahakaleshwar Temple

Sri Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga

Sri Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, Madhya Pradesh The 3rd Jyotirlinga is located in the ancient city of Ujjain in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The temple is situated on the side of the holy river Shipra. The Mahakaleshwar Lingam is said to be the largest among all other 12 jyotirlingas. The Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga – a three storied …

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Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga

Sri Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga

Sri Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga, Andhra Pradesh The 2nd Jyotirlinga is in Sri Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Temple or Srisailam Temple in Andhra Pradesh. This temple is situated on a hilltop of Nallamala Hills by the Krishna river.  Introduction Mallikarjuna is special because there is both a jyotirlinga and a Shakti Peetha (special shrine to Shakti Devi – there …

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Nageshwar Jyotirlinga

Sri Nageshwar Jyotirlinga

Sri Nageshwar Jyotirlinga, Gujarat Introduction Sri Nageshwar Jyotirlinga is also known as Nageshvara Temple, located on the coast of Saurashtra, Gujarat. This 2nd Jyotirlinga is dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the 12 Jyotirlinga Shrines, mentioned in Shiva Purana and is in an underground sanctum. The main attraction of this Jyotirlinga temple is a 25 …

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Sri Somnath Temple

Sri Somnath Jyotirlinga

Sri Somnath Jyotirlinga, Gujarat Introduction The Somnath temple is also known as Deo Patan, located in Veraval, Saurastra on the western coast of Gujarat, India. It is believed to be the first among the 12 jyotirling shrines of Lord Shiva – the destroyer. This is an important pilgrimage and tourist destination of Gujarat. Reconstructed several …

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12 Jyotirlinga

The 12 Great Jyotirlinga – India

The 12 Great Jyotirlinga – India Jyotirlinga or Jyotirlingam – a devotional representation of Hindu GOD Shiva. Jyotirlinga – a Sanskrit word compound of Jyotis – radiance and Linga. Shiva Purana mentions 64 Jyotirlinga shrines in India and Nepal, 12 of which are most  sacred. They are called “Maha Jyotirlingam” (the Great Jyotirlingas). Jyotirlinga means …

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Agra Tourist Guide

Agra – a glorious heritage city on the bank of river Yamuna, known as Agravan in the Epic Mahabharata. The famous 2nd century Geographer ‘Ptolemy’, marked it as Agra on the World map. It is generally accepted that Sultan Sikandar Lodhi, the Ruler of Delhi founded it in the year 1504 AD but the golden …

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Taj Mahal Trip

Taj Mahal, Agra, INDIA Taj Mahal attracts 2 – 4 million visitors annually with over 200,000 from overseas. Best way to visit Taj Mahal (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is from Delhi by car or by express train. You only need maximum 10 to 12 hours to visit Taj Mahal from Delhi. Best time to visit …

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The Golden Temple – Amritsar

The Golden Temple – Amritsar, Punjab, INDIA The Golden Temple, also know as Sri Harmandir Sahib, meaning ‘abode of God’ or Darbar Sahib, meaning ‘exalted court’ – the holiest Gurdwara and the most important pilgrimage site of Sikhism. The Golden Temple, Amritsar, India is not only a central religious place of the Sikhs, but also …

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