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    Mallikarjun Temple: Kailash Of The South

    Mallikarjun temple is located at a height of 457 metres by the banks of Krishna river in Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh. It is dedicated to Lord Mallikarjun (an incarnation of Lord Shiva). Mallikarjun is one of the most sacred pilgrimages in South India and is also referred to as 'Kailash' of the South. It is one of the twelve Jyoirlingas and one of the greatest Shaivite shrines in India. The presiding deities of this Jyotirlinga are Mallikarjuna (Shiva) and Bhramaramba (a form of Parvati).Mythological SignificanceMallikarjun temple finds a mention in ancient Hindu epics. An ancient Hindu text named 'Skanda Purana' even has a chapter dedicated to this Jyotirlinga. The place Srisailam is referred to in 'Mahabharata'. There are two stories running in the history of the temple.Ganesh was married before Karthik due to which Karthik became sad and went away to a mountain. All Gods went to console him but failed. Karthik went away as soon as he came to know that both his parents, Shiva and Parvati have arrived to take him home. Since then Lord Shiva resided in this place in the form of a Jyotirlinga.Stories also tell that Lord Shiva's sacred bull, Nandi had performed severe penance till Lord Shiva and Parvati appeared before him as Mallikarjuna and Bhramaramba .It is said that once you visit Mallikarjun, you are emancipated from all sins and escape the ever vicious circle of life and death.StructureMallikarjun temple has incredible huge fort like walls and pillars with intricate carvings on them. The architectural works on this temple is considered as one of the best time pieces. It has lofty pillars and huge courtyards.Other AttractionsMahashivratri is an occasion of massive celebration in Mallikarjun. A huge fair is conducted on the eve of Mahashivratri and people come for a visit from all over the globe. A 512 metres long Srisailam Dam is a major source of attraction here. It is built amongst the amazing natural beauty of plateaus, dense forests and cliffs.Srisailam sanctuary is one of the major tiger reserves in the country. It is also a home to many other animals like leopard, deer etc. People visit this place all throughout the year.TravelBy Bus: State transport as well as private buses connect Srisailam to other major cities like Hyderabad (211kms), Vijayawada (194kms) and Tirupati (278kms). All these places are well connected to all major cities in the country.By Rail: The nearest rail head to Srisailam is Markapur Road (58kms), while the major railway station being Hyderabad (211kms). Hyderabad is well linked to all major railway stations in the country.By Air: Hyderabad (211kms) is the nearest airport to Srisailam connecting all other major states.A visit to Mallikarjun can serve many purposes. You will not only get the divine opportunity of visiting a Jyotirlinga but will also enjoy the pleasure of being in the lap of nature.

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    Nageshwar Jyotirlinga: A Dwelling Of Lord Shiva

    Nageshwar temple is located near the coast of Saurashtra in Gujarat, India. As mentioned in the Shiva Purana, Nageshwar is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas and the first one among all. The linga in Nageshwar temple is popularly referred to as Nageshwar Jyotirlinga. It is said that the Nageshwar is located in Darukavana, an ancient name of a forest in India. According to the Hindu mythology, this Jyotirlinga symbolizes freedom from all poison. Being located in Dwarka, Nageshwar is one of the most breathtaking pilgrimage centres in India. Popular stories say that even Lord Krishna used to offer his prayers in Nageshwar.
    Mythology
    Mythological stories report that a group of dwarf sages used to worship Lord Shiva in the forest of Darukavana. Lord Shiva pleased by their penance, decided to test their patience. He appeared in the form of an ascetic (Digambara) in the forest. He was wearing snakes all over his body. The wife of the sages were very much attracted by his appearance and hence went after him. The sages infuriated by this act cursed Shiva to lose his linga. When Lord Shiva's linga fell on the earth the whole world trembled and even the Gods feared that the world would come to an end. They pleaded Lord Shiva to take back his linga. Though Shiva took back his linga, he decided to reside here in the form of a Jyotirlinga forever. The Shiva linga here came to be known as Nageshwar. Vasuki worshipped this linga here for many years.
    Story also tells that a demon named Daruka, king of snakes, imprisoned a devotee of Shiva named Supriya along with some other people in his city of Darukavana. Supriya with other accompaniments started calling Lord Shiva upon which he appeared and rescued them. Since then he resided here in the form of a Jyotirlinga.
    Structure
    The linga in Nageshwar temple faces south. Unlike other black rounded of lingas, this linga in Nageshwar is made of a stone known as Dwarka Shila. It has small chakras on its top and looks like a tri-mukhi rudraksh. It is said that when Aurangzeb attacked Nageshwar for demolition, thousands of bees attacked him. He and his army had to leave. Nageshwar temple is also a tourist spot filled with astounding architectural masterpieces.
    Other Attractions
    There are many more temples in and around Dwarka like Dwarkadheesh temple which dates back to the early 16th century. Some other temples worth a visit is Rukmini temple, Gayatri temple, Geeta Mandir, Brahma Kund, Hanuman Mandir and so on. The auspicious eve of Mahashivratri is celebrated with great pomp and grandeur here.
    Travel
    By Road: Both state transport and private buses connect Dwarka to major cities in the state as well as outside.
    By Rail: Ahmedabad (458kms) is the nearest rail head to Dwarka. This railway station is well connected to all major railway stations in the country.
    By Air: Jamnagar (137kms) is the closest airport near Dwarka. This airport is well connected to major airports like Mumbai. Buses and taxi ply from Jamnagar to Dwarka on a regular basis.
    A visit to Nageshwar will not only provide serenity of soul, but will also provide a chance to see the heavenly city, Dwarka. It is a city of legends, the city of Lord Krishna.




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    Rameshwaram Temple: A Sacred Hindu Shrine

    Rameshwaram is a small town located in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is located on an island separated by the mainland by Pamban Channel. Also known as Rameshwaram Island, this pilgrim centre is connected to the mainland by a bridge. Rameshwaram is one of the holiest pilgrim centre for the Hindus. A pilgrimage to Benaras is considered incomplete without a pilgrimage to Rameshwaram.It has great strategic importance as it is situated at the tip of Indian Peninsula in the Gulf Of Mannar region. This temple has its roots in the stories of Ramayana. The Jyotirlinga in Rameshwaram temple is the southernmost of all the twelve Jyotirlingas.



    Mythological Importance:This place has great significance in the Hindu scriptures. It is said that Rama worshipped Lord Shiva here to wash off the sins that he had committed in the war of Ramayana. He wanted a big Shiva Lingam for the purpose but could not get it early. So, Sita built a small one and some say that it is the one kept in the Rameshwaram temple. According to scriptures, this is also the place from where Rama started building the famous Ram Sethu (floating bridge) to rescue Sita from Lanka.Structure Of The Temple:Rameshwaram temple has lofty walls and a huge [COLOR=#009900 !important]structure of Nandi. It has the longest corridor among all Hindu temples in India with about 4000 pillars. The carvings on the granite pillars are amazing to look at. The stone on the floor of the corridor is not indigenous and has been brought in from across the seas. There are also many mini shrines dedicated to other deities in the temple.[/COLOR]Attractions:Rameshwaram has an awesome beach all around which is a major attraction for tourists. Palk Strait is in the north-west of this island. Adam's Bridge being another major tourist attraction is a chain of[COLOR=#009900 !important]l shoals between Rameshwaram and Mannar island. As per geological reports, this bridge was passable till the 15th century until the channel was deepened by storms. Rama Sethu is also a source of attaracting people from all over the globe.[/COLOR]Some very popular pujas like Thiruvananthal Deeparadhana, Saptika Linga Deeparadhana, Mahashivratri etc are conducted here.Travel:By Road: Rameshwaram is well connected to all major cities in Tamil Nadu. These cities like Madurai and Kanyakumari are in turn well linked to major cities in the country.By Rail: Mandapan Station (2kms from the city) is the nearest rail head to the city. It is well connected by rail to major cities like Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore etc.By Air: The nearest airport to Rameshwaram is Madurai (163kms). This airport is well linked to all major airports in the country.Rameshwaram Jyotirlinga is worth a visit not only for its religious significance but also for its scenic beauty.



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    Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga: Lord Shiva's Sacred Abode

    Located in the holy city of Varanasi, Kashi Vishwanath is one of the holiest abodes of Lord Shiva. With more than 3500 years of a history behind it, this place is also known as Kashi and hence, the temple is popularly called as Kashi Vishwanath Temple. The residing deity in this temple known as Vishweshwara has been a central part of worship in Hinduism. Kashi Vishwanath temple has been rebuilt many times, the present one being built by a female Maratha monarch named Ahilya Bai Holkar.Structure Of The Temple:Vishwanath temple has a 15.5 metre high spire covered with the 1000 kilos of gold donated by Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Lahore. The Jyotirlinga in this temple is enclosed in a silver altar. Kashi Vishwanath has a series of smaller shrines located in a small lane within the circumference of the temple. There is a well inside the temple which is known as Jnana Vapi or the Wisdom Well. Some stories about the temple say that the Vishwanath Jyotirlinga was hidden in the Wisdom Well at the time of invasion by foreigners.Importance:Varanasi also known as the City of Ghats is enameled with the presence of Lord Shiva in its air. More than 3000 devotees pay their visit to Kashi Vishwanath everyday. At the river side of Ganga the Sandhya Aarti is worth a view in the evening times. Sometimes on occassions like Maha Shivratri, the number of visitors even reaches a lakh.Kashi Vishwanath and a mosque named Gyanvapi Mosque exist side by side. The original temple was built at the present location of the mosque. But after being destroyed by Aurangzeb and a mosque was built there. The temple was rebuilt at it's present location.According to the ancient Hindu Mythology people who once take bath in the holy water of Ganges in Varanasi and offer prayers to the Vishweshwara jyotirlinga in Kashi Vishwanath attain Salvation or Moksha. There are also some myths which say that Lord Shiva himself blows the mantra of salvation into the ears of those who choose to end their lives in Varanasi.Travel:By Bus: Almost all major cities in India are well connected to Varanasi by bus route. Frequent buses are available from all other major towns and cities of Uttar Pradesh to Varanasi.By Rail: There are two rail heads to reach Vishwanath Temple namely the Varanasi Junction and Kashi Junction. Both of them are well connected to all major railway junctions in India like Delhi (780kms) and Kolkata (680kms).By Air: Daily connecting flights can be found from Delhi(780kms), Mumbai (1593kms) and Agra (577kms). These airports are in turn well linked to all other major airports in the country.Vishwanath Temple must be visited at least once by all Hindu pilgrim souls. By going to this place you will not only be visiting one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimages but also one of the oldest cities in the world, that is Varanasi.

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    Jyotirlinga Bhimashankar: Lord Shiva's Holy

    yotirlinga Bhimashankar temple is located near Pune, Maharashtra in the Ghat (Western Ghats) region of the Sahyadri Hills. The place is also the source of origin of the river Bhima that flows south-east and merges with the Krishna river. The origin of this modest and graceful temple can be dated back to the 18th century.The place Bhimashankar has attained much strategic importance as it has recently been declared as a wild life sanctuary.



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    It is said that ages ago there lived [COLOR=#009900 !important]a demon named Bhima in the forests of Dakini in the dense forests of Sahaydri. He was the son of mighty Kumbhakarna whom Lord Shri Ram had killed. Enraged by the same fact Bhima decided to avenge his father's death and started worshipping Lord Brahma for boons.[/COLOR]Lord Brahma, pleased by his penance blessed him with immense powers which turned out to be a great mistake. He [COLOR=#009900 !important]wrecked havoc in all the three worlds (underworld, earth and heaven) with his powers and even conquered Lord Indra' s throne.[/COLOR]Lord Shiva came down to earth upon the earnest request of all Gods and after a terrible fight turned him to ashes. Lord Shiva made this place his holy abode after slaying teh mighty demon. Ancient Hindu mythology says that the sweat that fell out of Lord Shiva's forehead formed the Bhima river.Festivals And Festivities:Mahashivratri ia an occasion of great festivity at the Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga. People from all round the country flock together in groups to visit this place. Shravan Somvar and Somavati Amavasya are the other occasions for festivity here. Starting from 4.30 am in the morning there are several rounds of offerings in the temple. But the temple closes down at 9.30pm and hence, you have to make sure that you offer your prayers to the Jyotirlinga before that.Sahyadri Wild Life Sanctuary is another place that demands at visit if go to Jyotirlinga Bhimashankar for a pilgimage.Architecture:Carvings of divinities and human figures can be found over the walls, pillars and doors of the temple. It is a popular myth that the Jyotirlingam was erected upon the self emanated Shiva Lingam. Inside the temple there is also a small shrine dedicated to lord Shani Dev. There is also a Portuguese bell to be found at the center of the two pillars outside the Shani Temple. Beauty unveils itself in many forms in this beautiful temple amongst the hill sides.Travel:By Air: The nearest airport to Jyotirlinga Bhimashankar is Pune (95kms) which is in turn well linked to other major cities in India.By Rail: The nearest railhead to Jyotirlinga Bhimashankar is also Pune (95kms). It is well connected to all other important towns and cities in India.By Road: Bus services connect Bhimashankar to various parts of the state like Mumbai (681kms) and Pune (95kms).A visit to this temple which is beautifully situated in the lap of nature would ensure the experience of a lifetime.
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    Baidyanath Jyotirlinga: Shiva's Sacred Abode

    Baidyanath Jyotirlinga also known as 'Baba Dham' is a temple located in Deoghar (Jharkhand). Being one of the most popular Hindu Pilgrimage, it comprises of the main temple of Baidyanath and 21 other temples This place has a strategic location. This same shrine of Baidyanath Jyotirlinga is also considered as one of the 51 Shakti Piths.It's History
    Baidyanath Jyotirlinga is located at an ancient funeral place (chithabhoomi) in the North Eastern part of the country. It was a place where corpses were burnt, post death ceremonies and even tantric rites were performed. Here, Lord Shiva is worshipped in a form where he is smeared with ashes of burnt bodies residing in a crematorium.
    According to the ancient myths, Baidyanath Jyotirlinga was the place where Ravana carried out his worship of Lord Shiva to gain boons to rule the world. Ravana was a devout worshipper of Lord Shiva and he even offered all his ten heads one by one to please him. Lord Shiva pleased by this act appeared on Earth, healed him and showered him with boons. As Lord Shiva acted as a doctor, here he is referred to as a 'Baidya'. The name of the temple Baidyanath was derived from this very source.
    Characteristics Of The Temple
    Baidyanath Jyotirlinga has an imposing structure of 72ft on the hills facing east. The lingam in this temple is made of Shaligram stone (a type of fossil stone) and while entering, one can see a huge hall without pillars made of Sagwan wood. This temple is also very famous because Lord Shiva resides with Goddess Parvati and it has a very beautiful idol of Nandi too. The lamps burning on all the four sides of this Hindu Pilgrimage never go out.
    Fairs, Festivals And Other Attractions
    Shravan Mela (fair) attracts more than a million devotees in the months between July to August (Shravan season). People in saffron coloured clothes offer the water of Ganges to this Jyotirlinga.
    Vijay Dashmi, Gudhi Padwa and Maha Shivaratri are celebrated with such grandeur here that people from all over India and abroad visit the holy pilgrimage during this time. A few temples worth a visit in the nearby places are Vaijnath Temple, Baijnath temple, Basukinath temple and Someshwar temple.
    TravelBy Road: Bus services are prompt from all nearby cities to Deoghar. Connecting buses can easily be plied from cities like Kolkata (373kms), Patna (281kms), Dumka (67kms), Giridih (112kms), Madhupur (57kms) and Shimultala (53kms).By Rail: The nearest railway station is at Baidyanath Dham, Deoghar which is just 7kms away from the city. The terminal railway station is known as Jasidh Junction (JSME).By Air: The closest airport to Deoghar is Patna (281kms from Deoghar) which is well connected to all other major airports in the country.A visit to a pilgrim place as such is worthwhile. The Jyotirlingas are the holiest places of Hindu Pilgrimage and one should definitely take up the endeavour of visiting at least some of them.

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    Trimbakeshwar: Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva

    Trimbakeshwar is an ancient Hindu temple and one of the twelve Jyothirlingas. It located in the Nasik district of Maharashtra. Only the Jyotirlinga in Trimbakeshwar has three faces embodying Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar (Tridev). It is also the only temple in India where the Linga is not outside but inside the floor.Past and Present Significance:





    According to the Puranas, Lord Shiva agreed to reside with [COLOR=#009900 !important]the name[/COLOR] of Trimbakeshwar in this Jyotirlinga upon the earnest prayers of Godavari, Gautam Rishi and other Gods. This is why, this linga is located at the source of the sacred river, Godawari.The nature of the Linga in this temple reflects the human society. A crown studded with expensive jewels is placed over Trimbakeshwar – Jyotirlinga. This crown is embedded with precious stones such as diamond and emerald and the crown is said to be present in the temple from the age of the Pandavs. Lying at the foothills of Brahmagiri Mountain, the black stone Jyotirlinga temple has one of the most striking and appealing structures made out of Basalt.Important religious rituals like Tri-Sandhya Gayatri, Narayan Nagbali, Kalsarpa Shanti, Tripindi Vidhi and many more are performed here.Monsoon would be the most appropriate season to visit Trimbakeshwar. The place is located far from the madding crowd. Another place to visit nearby would be Kushavarta, the source of origin of the Godavari river.Travel-By Road: If you are planning to travel to Trimbakeshwar by road, then the best option is to reach Nasik first. Nasik is just 29 kms from Trimbakeshwar and is well connected to all other major cities in the country. Buses ply regularly between Nasik and Trimbakeshwar. Taxis are also available from this route.By Rail: The nearest railway station is Nasik. After reaching the station, you can take a bus or taxi to the Trimbakeshwar temple.By Air: In order to reach Trimbakeshwar by air, Nasik would be the nearest airport for you. You can then take travel by road. Nasik is well connected to all other major airports so, you can catch a flight from any city.A visit to the pilgrim not only purifies our soul but also enriches our mind. If you have visited this wonderful place, do share your experience with us.
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    Somnath Temple: Lord Shiva's Jyotirlinga

    Somnath is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. Somnath means "Protector of the Moon God'. The temple is located in Saurashtra in Gujarat, a western state which is also known as 'Jewel in the West'. This holy place finds a reference in old texts like Shivpuran and even in Rig Vedic Hymns thus revealing its own significance in the lines of history and religion.RELEVANCE



    According to the legends, the Somnath Temple was built by Chandra or the God of Moon to release himself from a curse laid upon him by Daksha his father-in-law. Chandra was cursed for loving one of his 27 wives more than the rest. Lord Shiva after being pleased with the prayers of Soma decided to rest eternally in the Jyotirlingam though the curse was removed just partially causing the periodic waxing and waning of moon according to the religious doctrines. As found in some old religious texts, Lord Shiva says that, though he is omnipresent he would dwell in the twelve Jyotirlingas, Somnath Temple being one.
    CONSTRUCTIONThe Somnath Temple epitomizes spirit of holiness and unity as it was destroyed and rebuilt six times down the line. The temple was first built in four stages by the Moon God, Sun God, Lord Krishna and King Bhimadeva with gold, silver, sandalwood and stone respectively. The present one is built in the Chalukya style under the pioneering leadership of Sardar Vallabhai Patel. The wonderful architecture of the building shows the fine skill or craftsmanship in mathematical and geographical sense present in earlier days.TRAVELBy Road: In order to reach Somnath temple by road one can avail luxury buses from Diu which is 90 kms from Somnath. Somnath is at the distance of 890 kms from Mumbai which is very well connected to all the major cities in India.By Train: The nearest railway station to Somnath is Veraval which is just 5 kms away and is well connected to all other major cities.By Airways: If you are flying, then the nearest airport would be Diu which is just 90 kms away from the Somnath Temple.Life itself is a pilgrimage and a visit to the holy places like this renders a unique placidity to our soul. These places are not just of religious relevance but they also carry a historical significance.
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