On breaking the word Jyotirlinga, the primary word becomes “Jyoti” which suggests “glow” and “Linga” reveals the shape of Lord Shankar. Jyotirlinga is directly associated with the divine type of Lord Shiva. These Jyotirlingas are considered to be a special type of Shiva. So one who darshan of the 12 Jyotirlinga removes all troubles and obstacles, and after death he attains salvation. According to Hindu belief, these Jyotirlingas were established at the 12 places where Lord Shiva Shankar appeared and incarnated and impressed his devotees. According to the Puranas and religious beliefs, the Shivling present in these 12 places is in the form of Lord Shiva Jyoti himself. This may be the reason why they are called Jyotirlingas. It is believed that the mere sight of those Jyotirlinga removes all the sins of the devotees. Read these 12 Jyotirlingas. If you also want to visit these 12 Jyotirlingas, then some information is like this.
1. Somnath Jyotirlinga (Gujarat)
Located in the Saurashtra region of the state of Gujarat, the Somnath Temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. Somnath Temple is considered to be the first Jyotirlinga in the world. Somnath is one of the most worshiped temples in the country. According to the Shiva Purana, when Prajapati Daksha cursed the Moon with tuberculosis, the worshiping and meditation of Shiva at this place caused the Moon to overcome the curse. It is believed that this Jyotirlinga was founded by Chandra Dev himself.
How to reach Somnath
There are only a few trains that reach Somnath directly. Most trains stop at Veraval station near Somnath, which is located at a distance of seven km from Somnath. If there is no train from your city to Veraval too, then traveling to Ahmedabad is a good option. From here you can get a train to Somnath. Explain that the area of the temple is just 8 km from Somnath station. To reach Somnath temple, you will be able to auto book from here. October to March is considered to be the easiest time to visit Somnath Temple.
2. Nageshwar Jyotirlinga (Gujarat)
The temple of Nageshwar Jyotirlinga is situated on the banks of Saurashtra in Gujarat between Gomti Dwarka and Bait Dwarka. According to the legend, the Nageshwar Jyotirlinga is considered to be one of the 12 most powerful Jyotirlingas of this earth. The idol of Lord Shiva in the Nageshwar Jyotirlinga temple is 25 meters high. The vast gardens and unobstructed view of the Blue Sea attract tourists.
How to reach Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Gujarat
To reach Nageshwar, first you have to go to Dwarka by train and if going by flight, first you have to go to Jamnagar, here is near Dwarka from the airport. The distance from Dwarka to Nageshwar is just 24 minutes. After reaching Dwarka, you will reach here easily through auto rickshaws and cabs.
3. Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga (Maharashtra)
Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga is one of the five Jyotirlingas of Maharashtra, 5 of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Maharashtra are Jyotirlingas. The temple is situated on a mountain called Suhadri.
How to reach Bhimashankar
There are many ways to succeed in Bhimashankar like if you want to travel to Bhimashankar by train then first of all you have to travel to Pune station. The area of Bhimashankar from Pune is just 110 km. If you want to travel by flight then Pune Airport is the nearest one, from where Bhimashankar is 125 km. If you are going to Bhimashankar by road, then it will take you three and a half to four hours to reach Bhimashankar from Pune.
4. Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga (Nashik)
Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga is the second Jyotirlinga of the 5 Jyotirlingas of Maharashtra and the third of the 12 Jyotirlingas of India is also Jyotirlinga. The Trimbakeshwar temple is found near the Brahmagiri mountain. This mountain is considered to be the cradle of Godavari river, also known as Gautami Ganga. The most unique part of this Jyotirlinga is its shape and texture.
How to reach Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple
To reach Trybankeshwar by train, first of all you have to go to Nashik station. From here you will be able to reach Trimbakeshwar by taxi. At the same time, if you are going to Trimbakeshwar by flight, first you have to travel to Mumbai Airport, the distance from there to Trimbakeshwar is 200 km.
The perfect time to visit Trimbakeshwar is the months of October to March, as the weather here is extremely good during this time.
5. Ghritneshwar Temple Jyotirlinga (Maharashtra)
Ghritneshwar Temple is one of all 12 Jyotirlingas, which is incredibly prevalent due to its impressive 5 storey Shikhar style 5 storey Shikhar style structure, carvings of deities and large Nandi bull within the main Durbar Hall. This Jyotirlinga is found within the village of Verul near the caves of Ajanta and Ellora in Aurangabad. This temple built by Ahilyabai Holkar is also known as Grumeshwar and Kusmeshwar.
How to reach Ghritaneswar Jyotirlinga Temple
If you are going by flight then you can be the closest to Aurangabad Airport. The trench of Ghrishneshwar is 29 km from here. While you can also avail bus or taxi from Aurangabad to Ghritneshwar. If you go by train, you have to reach Aurangabad railway station, the distance from Ha to Ghrishneshwar is also just 29 km. January, February, March and October, November and December are perfect for visiting Ghrishneshwar.
6. Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga, (Jharkhand)
Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga is one of the most worshiped Jyotirlingas in the country. According to mythology, Ravana worshiped Shiva here for years and invited Shiva to Lanka. More people believe that by worshiping Lord Shiva here in the month of Sawan, one gets relief from all the sufferings.
How to reach Vaidyanath
The nearest railway station from Deoghar is Vaidyanath Dham, which is 7 km from the city. This station is also connected to major cities of the country. If you are going by flight, you have to get down at Patna Airport first, the distance from here to Vaidyanath Dham is 252 km. It will take you about 5 hours to reach the temple that you will take a car or taxi. The time from October to February is the perfect time to visit Deoghar.
7. Kedarnath Temple Kedarnath, (Uttarakhand)
Kedarnath, located in the Rudra Himalayan Goal of Uttaranchal state of India, is also one of the 12 Jyotirlingas and is considered one of the four temples of Hinduism. Let us tell you that people going to Kedarnath first go to Gangotri and Yamunotri for the need of water, which they offer on the Kedarnath Shivling. Due to the extreme weather and snowfall, this temple opens only 6 months a year from May to June. The distance from Haridwar to Kedarnath is 150 km.
How to reach Kedarnath
Kedarnath you will fly by train. Rishikesh is the nearest train depot to Kedarnath with a distance of 216 km. The government has prepared a new trekking route after Rambadha after the horrific disaster of 2013 floods. If you can go by new trek, the distance from Gaurikund to Kedarnath is 16 km.
The best time to visit Kedarnath is between May to June and September to October.
8. Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple (Varanasi Province)
Kashi Vishwanath, popularly known as the Golden Temple in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, is the most preferred of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. People believe that Lord Shiva resided here and provided happiness and liberation to all or anyone.
How to reach Vishwanath
Although there are many railway stations in Varanasi, but Varanasi City Station is located only 2 km from the temple. Varanasi Junction is 6 km away, from the railway station you can take an auto rickshaw to reach the Vishwanath Temple. If you want to go by flight then Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport in Babatpura is near. The distance from here to Kashi Vishwanath Temple is 20-25 km. Winter is considered the best time to visit Vishwanath.
9. Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga, (Madhya Pradesh)
Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga located near Indore in Madhya Pradesh is one of the holiest places in India. This Jyotirlinga is actually Om shaped, hence it is called Omkareshwar.
How to reach Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga
To go to Omkareshwar, first you have to go to Indore. The distance from Indore to Omkareshwar is barely 80 km. Explain that buses are available from Indore to Omkareshwar. On the other hand, if you are going to Omkareshwar by train, then you have to get down at Omkareshwar Road station, the distance of the temple from here is 13 km. Both winter and summer are very much here, so the best time to visit Omkareshwar is between October to March.
10. Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga (Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh)
Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga is found in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. This Jyotirlinga is one of the favorite twelve Jyotirlingas of central India. The temple is believed to have been built by a five-year-old boy, Shrikar. Let me tell you, Shrikar was greatly inspired by the devotion of King Chandrasen of Ujjain.
How to reach Mahakaleshwar
Trains are available from most major cities of India to succeed in Ujjain Mahakaleshwar. On the other hand, if you want to travel to Mahakaleshwar by flight, then you must first go to the Devi Ahilyabai Airport of Indore. Ujjain is 60 km from here. The months of February to March are considered to be good for traveling to Mahakaleshwar.
11. Rameswaram, (Tamil Nadu)
This Jyotirlinga is found on Rameswaram Island in Madras. It is believed that Lord Rama worshiped this Jyotirlinga after the slaughter of Ravana. This temple is surrounded by the sea. Devotees who visit here also visit Dhanushkodi beach, from where Lord Rama built Ram Sethu to save his wife from ruin. Let us tell you that this Jyotirlinga is also one of the four dhams of India.
How to reach Rameswaram Temple
There is no airport in Rameswaram, so you will have to travel to Madurai Airport. The distance from here to Rameswaram is 149 km. But if you are going by train then you can get a train from any major terminal at Rameswaram station. October to April is considered to be the best time to visit Rameswaram. The weather here is very good.
12. Mallikarjun, (Andhra Pradesh)
Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga located in Andhra Pradesh is also known as Kailash of the South. This Jyotirlinga is situated on the Shree Shail mountain on the banks of the Krishna River. It comes in the count of 12 Jyotirlingas and let me tell you that it is also one of the 52 Bhakti Peethas of Sati.
How to reach Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga
There is no direct train to the present location, so to reach here you first have to travel to Markapur Terminus. One can also travel to Sri Shail Parvat by bus. Dornala may be some nearby cities to drive the bus to Kurichedu Srisailam. If you are going by flight, the nearest airport is Begumpet. October to February is the best time to visit Sanctuary, Dam in Srisailam.