12 Jyotirlingas Temples in India
Joytirlingas are the sacred symbols of the destroyer god, Lord Shiva. India has many temples dedicated to Lord Shiva - the revered significant one of the divine trinity. According to the mythological legends, once a debate arose between the creator god, Lord Brahma and the proprietor god, Lord Vishnu for the title of supremacy. Angered by this trifle, the destroyer god, Lord Shiva struck the universe with endless pillar of light. Unable to find the limit of this pillar the debating gods relinquished the quarrel.
In the Indian subcontinent there are twelve sacred Joytirlingas which are spiritually awakened and are sites for Hindu pilgrimage. Each of these 12 Joytirlingas signifies various essential aspects of life. These pious temples of Lord Shiva are scattered all over the country. Starting from the north we have – (1) the Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand, (2) the Vishwanth Temple in Kashi (Varanasi), Uttar Pradesh, (3) the Baidyanath Temple in Deoghar, Jharkhand, (4) the Omkareshwar Temple in Madhya Pradesh, (5) the Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, (6) the Somnath Temple in Veraval, Gujarat, (7) the Nageshwar Temple in Dwarka, Gujarat, (8) the Bhimashankar Temple in Maharashtra, (9) the Trimbakeshwar Temple situated in Nasik, Maharashtra, (10) the Ghrishneshwar Temple, Ellora, Maharashtra, (11) the Mallikaarjuna Temple in Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh and lastly (12) the Ramanathaswamy Temple in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu.