Friday, 12 October 2012

Jyotirlinga - twelve shrines of Lord Shiva

Jyotirlingas



Jyotirlingas
In Hindu Mythology Lord Shiva is considered to be supreme god. He is called the destroyer, powerful, one among trinath (Brahma, Vishnu, Maheshwar) gods. People who worship Lord Shiva are called shaivas. He is worshiped in the aniconic form in local words lingam.


   Puranas says he is immersed in deep meditation and lives in Mount Kailas. Some of them also say he is a great ‘yogi’. He shares half body with his wife Goddess Parvathi. He has two sons named Lord Ganesha/ Vinayaka who is known as god of all vignas and Lord Kartikeya/ Murgan/ Subramanya who is well known for Sarpa/ snake shanti rites.
-->    It is said he wears tiger skin and apply ashes to his body. He has blue throat as he drank poison during Samudra Manthan (churned the ocean with the help of mountain and snake by gods and demons). He is also said to have crescent moon on head and sacred ganges in his hair. He is called as “Bola Shankar” – his satisfies easily and gifts boons to all his devotees. Puranas says he is the only god prayed by demons as he gifts boons without any regard with future consequences. It is said because of his boons he was responsible for many complications and in some times he himself put in troubles. He is called as Nataraja for his cosmic dance with the help of damaru (a small drum shaped hourglass)


   In order to bless his devotees, Lord Shiva has manifested himself as Jyothirlingas in many places. Many people say that there are 64 jyothirlingas out of which only 12 are considered as very auspicious.


सौराष्ट्रे सोमनाथं च श्रीशैले मल्लिकार्जुनम्।
Saurashtre Somanathamcha Srisaile Mallikarjunam|

उज्जयिन्यां महाकालमोङ्कारममलेश्वरम्॥
Ujjayinya Mahakalam Omkaramamaleswaram ||

परल्यां वैद्यनाथं च डाकिन्यां भीमशङ्करम्।
Paralyam Vaidyanathancha Dakinyam Bheema Shankaram |

सेतुबन्धे तु रामेशं नागेशं दारुकावने॥
Setu Bandhethu Ramesam, Nagesam Darukavane||

वाराणस्यां तु विश्वेशं त्र्यम्बकं गौतमीतटे।
Varanasyantu Vishwesam Tryambakam Gautameethate|

 हिमालये तु केदारं घुश्मेशं च शिवालये॥
Himalayetu Kedaaram, Ghrishnesamcha shivaalaye||

एतानि ज्योतिर्लिङ्गानि सायं प्रातः पठेन्नरः।
Etani Jyotirlingani, Saayam Praatah Patennarah|

सप्तजन्मकृतं पापं स्मरणेन विनश्यति॥
Sapta Janma Kritam pApam, Smaranena Vinashyati||

एतेशां दर्शनादेव पातकं नैव तिष्ठति।
Etesham Dharshanadev Pathkam Naiv Thistathi|

कर्मक्षयो भवेत्तस्य यस्य तुष्टो महेश्वराः॥:
Karmashye Bavetasya Yasya Tushto Maheshvarah||

द्वादश ज्योतिर्लिंग स्तोत्रम्
Dvadash Jyothirling Stotram


English Translation:

1.   Somanath located at Saurashtra (Gujarat)
2.   Mallikarjunam located at Shri-Shailam (Andhra Pradesh)
3.   Mahakaal located at Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh)
4.   Mamleshwar located at Omkareshwar. (Madhya Pradesh)
5.   Vaidyanath located at Deoghar (Jharkhand)
6.   Bhimashankaram located at Dakniya (Maharashtra)
7.   Rameshem (Rameshwaram) located at Sethubandh  (Tamil Nadu)
8.   Nageshem (Nageshwar) located at Darauka-Vana. (Maharashtra)
9.   Vishwa-Isham (Vishvanath) located at Vanarasi (Uttar Pradesh)
10. Triambakam at bank of Gautami River (Maharashtra)
11. Kedar (Kedarnath) in Himalayas (Uttarakhand)
12. Gushmesh (Gushmeshwar) located at Shivalaya. (Maharashtra)


One who recites these Jyotirlingas stotram every morning and evening, he is relieved of all sins committed in past seven lives. One, who visits these temples, gets all his wishes fulfilled.
















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