Shravan is the fifth month in the Hindu calendar, it starts from late July and ends by the third week of August and this month is considered as the auspicious and holiest month for worshiping Lord Shiva who is considered as one of the most powerful god of Hindu Trinity.
In India there are 12 Jyotirlingas which are symbolic of the “radiance of Lord Shiva”, Take a look at them –
1. Somnath Temple – Gujarat
Somnath temple is located in Saurashtra , it is considered to be the first among the 12 Jyotirlingas. Considered as the prime abode of Lord Shiva It is also the holiest of all the Jyotirlingas. The Somnath Temple is also popularly known as “the Shrine Eternal”, as it has been destroyed many times by many kings and rulers.
2. Mallikārjuna Temple – Andhra Pradesh
Also popular as Srisaila, Mallikarjuna is situated in Kurnool District, Andhra Pradesh on a mountain on the river Krishna. It is the most ancient temple with very rich architecture. The reason this place is considered auspicious is because both the Shakti peeta and Jyotirlingam are together in this temple.
3. Mahakaleshwar Temple – Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh
Mahakal located in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh on the side of the RudraSagar Lake, and is home to the MahakaleshwarJyotirlinga temple. One of the most famous Hindu temples and one among the twelve Jyotirlingams, which is considered as the sacred sittings of Shiva among all the other. In this temple, the form of the lingam of Lord Shiva is believed to be Swayambhu. It is considered as the only Jyotirlingams among the twelve which is derived from the currents of power (Shakti).
4. Omkareshwar Temple – Madhya Pradesh
Omkareshwar is the Jyotirtlanga of Lord Shiva which located on an island called Mandhata or Shivapuri which is on the banks of the river Narmada. there are two temples here, one is Omkareshwar and other one known as Amareshwar.
5. Kedarnath Temple – Uttarakhand
Located on the snow-covered area of the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini River Kedarnath is the other JyotirLingas of Lord Shiva. Kedarnath can be only during six months in a year Due to extreme weather conditions (end of April (Akshaytrutya) to KartikPurnima (the autumn full moon, usually November). It is considered as one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and has a rich legend and tradition.
6. Bhimashankar Temple – Maharashtra
Located 50 km northwest from Khed, near Pune. Bhimashankar It is a Jyotirlinga shrine and is also the source of the river Bhima. This river flows southeast and merges with the Krishna River near Raichur.
7. KashiVishwanath Temple – Varanasi
Kashi Vishwanath Temple of Lord Shiva is the most renowned and most sacred Hindu temples which is located in Varanasi on the bank of the holy river Ganges. It is considered as one of the holiest Lord Shiva temples. A Hindu (devotee) is expected to do pilgrimage once in a life time, as it is the holiest existing place of Hindus. The main deity of this temple is known by the name Vishwanatha or Vishweshwara which means Ruler of the universe. Kashi is the oldest living city in the world hence the temple is popularly called KashiVishwanath Temple.
8. Trimbakeshwar Temple – Nashik, Maharashtra
Located in the town of Trimbak, in the Nashik District of Maharashtra this ancient hindu temple is Associated with the origin of the Godavari river. River Godavari is considered very sacred with the Hindus and also considered as sacred bathing place. Trimbakeshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas.
9. BaidyanathJyotirlinga Temple – Deoghar, Jharkhand
Also popularily known as Baba dham and Baidyanathdham, located in the DeogharDist in Jharkhand is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas It is also considered as the most holiest temple of Lord Shiva. During month of Shravan Millions of devotee visit the temple for Bholenath darshan a beautiful temple complex which consist of the main temple of Baba Baidyanath, where the Jyotirlinga is present, and 21 other temples.
10. Nageshvara Temple Jyotirlinga – Gujarat
One of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines which is mentioned in the Shiva Purana. It is believed to be the first Jyotirlinga on the earth. majorly there are three shrines identical to this Jyotirlinga, The Jageshwar temple in Uttarakhand, The Nageshwara temple in Gujarat and The Nagnath temple in Maharashtra.
11. Rameshwar Temple – Tamil Nadu
Located in Tamil Nadu Rameswaram \Ramanathaswamy Temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines. In this temple Lord Shankar is worshipped in the form of a Jyotirlingam which means the pillar of light. This temple is considered as holy pilgrimage place for the Shaivites, Smarthas and Vaishnavites.
12. Grishneshwar Temple – Maharashtra
Considered as the Last or 12th Jyotirlinga on the planet, It is also mentioned in the Shiva Purana. This holy temple is located in a village called Verul which is 11 km from Daulatabad and 30 km from Aurangabad. It is very close to the popular Ellora caves.