True meaning of Shiva – ling – 12 Jyotirling

Exploring the Sacred Universe of Lord Shiva

Lord Shiva, known as “the Auspicious One,” is among the foremost deities in the Hindu Pantheon, revered by Shaivism as the Supreme God. In Hinduism, worshippers venerate Lord Shiva in his linga form, referred to as the Shivling or Shivalinga. When a Linga is placed on a Yoni, it symbolizes the union of Shiva and Shakti, marking the genesis of creation. Typically situated at the heart of a temple, it rests within a rimmed, circular Yoni.

The Linga of Lord Shiva serves as a representation of the Universe, serving as a gateway to the spiritual realm. Comprising two components, the Shiva Linga represents the ling, while the Panapattam signifies the Universal self (Lord Shiva) in a heightened state. This combination is also interpreted as symbolizing the reproductive function, where the Ling represents the Phallus and the Panapattam or Yoni represents the Vagina of the Universal Parents.

According to Hindu mythology, prior to the commencement of creation, a fierce dispute arose between Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu regarding supremacy. Lord Mahadev manifested as a fiery column between them, expanding infinitely in both directions. A divine voice declared that the one who could find the end of this column would be deemed supreme. Brahma rode his swan upwards while Vishnu descended, only to realize the column had no end. Brahma, resorting to falsehood, claimed to have reached the tip, facing consequences for his deceit.

The column of fire, symbolizing the entire universe, is worshipped as the Lord Shiva Lingam, embodying divine cosmic energy. Unlike other gods worshipped in idol form, Lord Shiva is revered in the linga form, signifying his immense celestial energy. The name “Shiva” conveys “one who bestows ceaseless goodness,” obtained through divine wisdom. To attain this wisdom, it’s essential to venerate the Shiva Linga as Dhyanalinga, representing a perpetual source of energy conveyed to devotees through its circular structure. In yogic tradition, the Shiva Linga is considered the primary form emerging during creation and the ultimate form before dissolution.

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Jyotirlinga

Jyotirlingas, representations of the Supreme Lord Shiva, derive their name from the Sanskrit term “Radiance.” Described in the Shiva Purana, there are 64 Jyotirlingas, with 12 being referred to as Mahajyotirlingam or the Great Jyotirlingas.

Somnath

Commemorating the onset of the Dwadash Jyotirlinga pilgrimage, it’s recognized as the primary pilgrimage site despite being plundered multiple times. Somnath is located in Gujrat

somnath jyotirlinga

Mahakaleshwar

Among the 12 Maha Jyotirlingas, this Lingam is believed to be Swayambhu and features the Shri Rudra Yantra inverted on the ceiling of the Garbhagriha. It is located in Ujjain.

mahakaleshwar jyotirlinga

Mallikarjuna

Also known as Srisaila, this temple showcases remarkable architecture and houses numerous sculptures along with the Lord Shiva Lingam and Shakthipeetha. Located in Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh.

mallikarjun jyotirling

Omkareshwar

Situated on an island in the Narmada River, this site encompasses the Mahala temple, which hosts a shrine dedicated to a Jyotirlinga. Located in Mandhata, Madhya Pradesh

omkareshwar jyotirlinga

Kedarnath

Positioned closest to Lord Shiva’s abode in the Kailasha mountains, this temple is crucial for Hindu’s Char Dham Yatra, accessible only once every six months. The temple is located on the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini river, in the state of Uttarakhand.

kedarnath jyotirling

Bhimashankar

Located in Pune district, Maharashtra. According to legend, the name “Bhimashankar” finds its origin in the river Bhima, which is said to have dried up due to the intense heat generated during the battle between Lord Shiva and the demon Tripurasura. Additionally, Bhimashankar is renowned as a favored destination among trekkers.

bhimashanker jyotirlinga

Vishweshwara

Situated in Varanasi, this Lingam is known as Vishwanath, the leader of the universe, and is one of the Padal petra stalam of Vada Naadu.

vishweshwar jyotirling

Trayambakeshwar

 Positioned on the Godavari banks, this Jyotirlinga signifies the birth of the river. The Shri Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple is an ancient Hindu temple in the town of Trimbak, in the Trimbakeshwar tehsil in the Nashik District of Maharashtra

triyambakeshwar jyotirlinga

Nageshwara

Situated in Gujarat, close to Jamnagar, this Jyotirlinga is referenced in the Shiv Purana.

nageshwar jyotirling

Baidyanath

 Revered as one of the holiest abodes of Lord Shiva, it’s located in Deoghar, Jharkhand.

baidyanath jyotirling

Rameshwaram

 Southernmost Jyotirlinga in India, located in Tamil Nadu.

rameshwaram jyotirling

Grishneshwar

Also known as Ghushmeshwar temple, this site is mentioned in the Shiv Purana.

grishneshwar jyotirling

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