Wednesday, May 4, 2011

List of the 12 Jyotirlinga Temples of Shiva in India

Jyotirlinga Temples, also spelled Jyotirling temples or Jyotirlingam temples, are the 12 temples of Shiva where Lord Siva is worshipped in the form of a Jyotirlingam or "the Lingam of Light". These 12 Jyotirlinga Temples or Dwadasa Jyotirlinga shrines are situated on various parts of India. Here is a list of the 12 Jyotirlinga Temples of Shiva in India.

Twelve Jyotir Linga Temples - Dwadasa Jyothirlinga Temples of Shiva

Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple

Somnath Temple in Gujarat is the first among the 12 Jyotirlinga Temples of Shiva. The temple is located at Prabhas Patan or Somnath Patan, 7 km from Veraval in Saurashtra, on the western coast of Gujarat, India. Somnath literally means “The Protector of (the) Moon God” and legend has it that Lord Shiva Dev, pleased by the prayers of the Moon God (Soma), decided to rest in this Lingam till eternity, and thus the name Somnath Temple.

Mallikarjuna Temple in Srisailam

Srisailam Mallikarjuna Temple is the second of the 12 Jyotirlinga Temples of Shiva. Also known as Bhramaramba Mallikarjunaswamy Temple, the shrine is situated at Srisailam in Nallamala Hills, Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh. This ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy (a form of Lord Siva) and Devi Bhramaramba (a form of Goddes Parvathi). Guru Adi Sankaracarya composed one of his famous works the Sivananda Lahari (Shivanandalahari) here.

12 Jyotirlinga Temples of Shiva in India

Mahakaleshwar Temple in Madhya Pradesh

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is situated in the historic city of Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, India. The Shiv Linga at Mahakal is believed to be Swayambhu linga, and the temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingams in India. The idol of Mahakaleshwar faces south, and hence is known as Dakshinamurti or Dakshinamurthy – a form of Shiva as Guru (teacher) of all types of Knowledge, especially the Jnana.

Omkareshwar Temple in Madhya Pradesh

Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is situated on the banks of Narmada River, in Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh, India. Omkareshwar Temple is located on an island called Mandhata or Shivapuri in the Narmada River. The most interesting feature is that the shaped of the island is in the form of the Hnidu Om (Aum) symbol. There are two Hindu temples here – one is dedicated to Omkareshwar and the second one Amareshwar.

Kedarnath Jyotirlinga Temple Uttarakhand

Kedarnath Jyotirlinga Temple is one of the holiest Lord Shiva temples in India, situated atop the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini River in Uttarakhand district. Kedarnath Temple is the northernmost among the 12 Jyotirlinga temples of Shiva. Kedarnath forms part of the Char Dham pilgrimage and is open only for six months in a year, starting on the Akshaya Tritiya day and closing on Bhai Bij or Bhai Dooj (October end or November first week).

Bhimashankar Temple in Maharashtra

Bhimashankar Temple is one of the 12 revered Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. The temple is situated in Bhorgiri village, around 50 km north-west of Khed, in Maharashtra, India. Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Temple is 110 km away from Pune.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Uttar Pradesh

Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the most sacred Hindu temples in India, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga Temple is situated on the banks of holy Ganga River in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.

Trimbakeshwar Temple in Maharashtra

Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple or Tryambakeshwar Temple is a famous Jyotirlinga temple situated in Trimbak town in Nashik District of Maharashtra, India. Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Mandir is locates on the banks is the sacred Godavari River.

Vaidyanath Temple in Deogarh

Vaidyanath Temple also known as Baidyanath Temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga temples in India. The location of Vaidyanath Temple is much debated. Some people claim that the Vaidyanath temple located at Deogarh in Bihar is the Jyothirlinga shrine. While Baba Dham Temple or Baidyanath Dham Temple in Deoghar in the Santhal Parganas division of the state of Jharkhand, India.

Nageshwara Jyotirlinga Temple

Nageshvara Jyotirlinga Temple is regarded as the first Jyotirlinga Temple on the earth. There are 3 popular temples in India, which are regarded as identical to this Jyothirlinga temple. They are the Nageshwara temple situated on the route between Dwarka and Bet Dwarka Island, on the coast of Saurashtra in Gujarat; the Jageshwar temple near Almora in Uttarakhand state and the Nagnath temple in Aundha in Maharashtra state.

Ramanathaswamy Temple in Tamil Nadu

Rameswaram Ramanathaswamy Temple in Tamilnadu is the southernmost of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of India. The ancient Rameshwar Temple is built in traditional Dravidian architecture and is dedicated to Ramalingeswarar (Lord Shiva). Situated on the in the island of Rameswaram, Rameswaram Ramanathaswamy Temple is believed to be the place where Lord Rama have prayed Lord Shiva to expiate any sins for killing demon king Ravana.

Grishneshwar Temple in Maharashtra

Grishneshwar Temple or Ghushmeshwar Temple is an ancient Hindu pilgrimage site located 11 km from Daulatabad, near Aurangabad in Maharashtra India. This Jyotirlinga Temple of Shiva is near the famous Ellora Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in India.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Most important Temples in Thiruvananthapuram: Sree Padmanabhaswamy, Attukal Bhagawati, Sreekanteswaram, Karikkakom Sri Chamundi, Pazhavangadi Ganapathi, Mukkalkkal Sri Varaham Bhagawati, Sri Pazhanchira Devi, Venkatachalapathy Temple Trivandrum

There are numerous temples in Trivandrum, the capital city of Kerala. Thiruvananthapuram, previously called as Trivandrum, is an ancient city with its tradition dating back to 1000 BC. ‘Thiruvananthapuram’ literally means the ‘City of Lord Anantha’. Anantha refers the serpent Shesha on whom Padmanabhan or Vishnu rests. The temple of Lord Vishnu reclining on Anantha, called the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, is the important landmark of the city. Below is the list of the most important Temples in Trivandrum.

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple Thiruvananthapuram

The ancient Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is the most dominating feature of Thiruvananthapuram district. Constructed in the Dravidian style by a maharaja of Travancore in 1733, the temple faces the Padma Theertham Tank. The idol of the deity is 18 ft in length and is seen reclining on Sri Anantha, the hooded snake. Lord Padmanabhaswamy is viewed through three different doors. The head and torso is seen through the first opening, the midriff and hands through the second door and the feet are visible through the third door. More information in Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple website.

Hindu Temples in Trivandrum Kerala

Attukal Bhagawati Temple

Attukal Bhagavathy Temple is located at Attukal, about 2 km away from Trivandrum city. Attukal temple is a famous Trivandrum Temple, which is regarded as the ‘Sabarimala of Women’. According to traditions,

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Shiv Bhajan: Mere Bhole Baba O Shankar Bhole Baba Om Namah Shivaya By Anuradha Paudwal

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

This compilation of prayers may help. It has some short morning and evening prayers drawn from the psalms and the scriptures

This compilation of prayers may help. It has some short morning and evening prayers drawn from the psalms and the scriptures

Daily Pyayer:-

Dear Heavenly Father, I pray this prayer in the power of the Holy Spirit.

In the name of JESUS CHRIST I bind, rebuke, cast out and bring to no effect all spirits of division, discord, strife, anger, wrath, murder, criticism, condemnation, pride, envy, jealousy, gossip, slander, evil speaking, complaining, lying, false teaching, false gifts false manifestations, lying signs and wonders, poverty, fear of lack, fear spirits, murmuring spirits, complaining spirits, hindering spirits, retaliatory spirits, deceiving spirits, religious spirits, occult spirits, witchcraft spirits ( including Jezebel, Delilah, Queen of Heaven and apollyon),and spirits of antichrist.

I bind and break all curses that have been spoken against me. I bless those who curse me, and pray blessings on those who despitefully use me.

I bind all spoken judgements made against me and judgements I have made against others.

I bind the power of negative words from others, and I bind and render useless all prayers not inspired by the HOLY SPIRIT, whether psychic, soul force, witchcraft or counterfeit tongues that have been prayed against me.

Iam God's child. I resist the devil. No weapon formed against me shall prosper. I put on the whole armor of GOD .

The helmet of salvation (Jesus the rock of my salvation) the breastplate of rigtheousness (Jesus ur my rigtheousness) the belt of truth on my loins ( Jesus is the way, the truth and the life) the shoes of peace (Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with GOD through our LORD JESUS.)

The shield of faith that will shield me from the flaming arrows of the enemy and the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of GOD ( greater is HE who is in me than he that is in the world. My GOD shall supply all my needs according to HIS riches and glory. I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me).

I take authority over this day, in JESUS NAME. Let it be prosperous for me, let me walk in the love of JESUS. The HOLY SPIRIT leads me and guides me today. I discern between the righteous and the wicked. I take authority over Satan and all his demons, and those people who are influenced by him.

I declare Satan is under my feet and shall remain there all day. I am righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, I am GOD's property. Satan you are bound from my family, my mind , my body, my home, and my finances.

I confess that I am healed and whole. I flourish, am long lived, stable, durable, incorruptible, fruitful, virtous, full of peace, patience and love. Whatsoever I set my hands to do shall prosper for GOD supplies all my needs. I have all authority over Satan, all demons, and beasts of the field. God, I pray for the ministry you have for me. Anoint me GOD for all you have call me to do for you. I call forth divine appointments, open doors of opportunity, God ordained encounters and ministry positions.

I claim a hedge of protection around myself, spouse and children (names) throughout this day and night. I ask you GOD, in the name of JESUS , that you dispatch angels to surround me, my family and friends today and to put them throughout my house ...

Morning Prayer:-

"We pray in the morning to give the first stirrings of our minds to God. Before anything else, let the thought of God gladden you."
"The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want." (Psalm 22)

"Why are you cast down my soul, why groan within me? Hope in God. I will praise him still, my Savior and my God." (Psalm 42)

"Lord, teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart." (Psalm 90)

evening Prayer:-

"O Lord, my heart is not proud, nor are my eyes haughty; I busy not myself with great things too sublime for me. Nay rather, I have stilled and quieted my soul like a weaned child. Like a weaned child on its mother's lap, so is my soul within me." (Psalm 131)

"The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom should I fear? The Lord is my life's refuge, of whom should I be afraid? One thing I ask of the Lord; this I seek: To dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life." (Psalm 27)
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