According to mythology, Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu had an argument over supremacy of creation. To test them, Lord Shiva penetrated the three worlds as an infinite pillar of light,the Jyotrilinga. Brahma and Vishnu, asked to find the end of the light set forth in either directions. While Vishnu conceded defeat Brahma lied that he found the end of the light. Lord Shiva angry at the lie, cursed Brahma that he will not be worshipped on earth. The Jyothirlinga shrines are temples where Shiva appeared as a blazing column of light. Though there were believed to be 64 Jyothirlingas, 12 of them are considered to be especially auspicious. Through the eons of history, pilgrimage to these shrines have been considered extremely pious.
Deity :- Lord Shiva
Somnath Temple in Gujarat
Mallikarjuna Temple at Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh
Mahakaleswar Temple at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh
Omkareshwar Temple in Madhya Pradesh
Kedarnath Temple in Uttrakhand
Bhimashankar Temple at Pune in Maharashtra
Kashi Viswanath Temple at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh
Tryambakeshwar Temple at Nashik in Maharashtra
Vaidyanath Temple at Parali village in Maharashtra
Aundha Nagnath Temple at Aundha in Maharashtra
Ramanathaswamy Temple at Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu
Grihneshwar Temple at Ellora in Maharashtra
Pilgrimage to the shrines of Jyotirlinga is supposed to please Lord Shiva immensely. It is believed that through this yatra the sins of the previous births get eliminated. Devotees believe that the Dwadasa Jyotirlinga darshan helps in fulfilment of their wishes and sets them free from evils, sins or diseases. Apart from the spiritual aspect, this journey, also aids in savouring the life, culture topography and cuisine of various regions, a sweeping sense of the rich heritage of India.
Predominantly an all-Hindu yatra, anyone with honest spiritual inclination can go for this pilgrimage. But bear in mind that the experience can be very tiring and strenuous.
Dwadasa Jyotirlinga darshan with children or aged should be segmented into different journeys.
Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
Month of November(Karthika month) is considered highly auspicious for the Dwadasa Jyotirlinga darshan. However, the closing of the Kedarnath shrine should be checked if travelling during this season.
Mahashivrathri is celebrated with great fervour in all the Jyotirlinga temples.
Most of the Jyotirlinga temples can be travelled to any time of the year but the Kedarnath temple will be opened only from April to November. However considering the hot summer season in many parts of the country, the recommended time for the journey will be around September to November.
As this yatra covers the entire span of the country the duration of the complete journey is around one month. Some packages offer trips under three weeks.
The Dwadasa Jyotirlinga darshan can also be done in segments over a period of time.
Most of the Jyotirlinga temples can be reached by a combination of flights/trains and road. However the Kedarnath temple has to be trekked on foot or by ponies, as the motorable road stops around 15kms before the temple. Chopper services are available at Kedarnath.
Crowds can be expected in most of these temples during Mahashivrathri as well as the holy months of Shravan and Karthika.
Month of November(Karthika month) is considered highly auspicious for the Dwadasa Jyotirlinga yatra. However, the closing of the Kedarnath shrine should be checked if travelling during this season. Mahashivrathri is celebrated with great fervour in all the Jyotirlinga temples.
The Dwadasa Jyotirlinga yatra passes through drastically different domains of India and hence will have dissimilar conditions.
While light cotton Indian attire is recommended for the shrines in the peninsular areas, in the higher altitudes of Kedarnath woollens will be needed. Heavy winter wear is essential in the Himalayan valley if travelling after August.
Though most of these shrines are in the vicinities of medical facilities or bigger cities, it is advisable to carry any special medications that you might need for the entire duration of the journey.
Only basic necessities might be available in the Himalayan area, so it is recommended to stock up with the essential items before you reach there,. Dehydration salt packets, light snacks, sunscreen, first aid kit, general medications like antibiotics, antiseptic creams etc should be carried in the daypack.
While most of the Jyotirlinga temples have hospital and medical facilities around their vicinity, trekking to the higher altitudes of Kedarnath by those with cardiac ailments, asthma etc must be avoided.
Char dham yatra can also be integrated with the Dwadasa Jyotirlinga pilgrimage.
The Dwadasa Jyotirlinga yatra covers almost the whole of India and hence has varied climatic conditions. The summers can be scorching in most of the states that are covered in the journey with temperature in the mid to high forties. While, during the months of Sept/Oct the climate will be pleasant for most of these areas, sub zero temperatures must be expected at Kedarnath during the time.
For most Hindus, praying at temples far and near, is not just for a fleeting sense of gratification but an eternal drive of their devotional self. We worship the divine presence in our idols and the reverberating essence of holiness in our temples. The unflinching faith of the devotees have turned many of our religious places into sanctums of all powerful energy. Pilgrimaide is first of its kind platform in the world to provide its users with comprehensive, consistent and consolidated access to information on various pilgrim destinations. This is our humble attempt, as we compile data to help the devotees travel to and connect with the shrines across the country. We hope our services will help guide the devotees in their spiritual quest. For any queries or suggestions, please contact us at email@example.com.
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