A Jyotirlinga or Jyotirling or Jyotirlingam is a shrine where Lord Shiva, an aspect of Hindu God is worshipped in the form of a Jyotirlingam or “Lingam (pillar) of light.” There are famous twelve traditional Jyotirlinga locations in India. All Jyotirlingas have Lord Shiva as the main divinity. It is believed that Lord Shiva manifested himself first as a Jyotirlinga on Aridra Nakshatra, Nite thus the special reverence for the Jyotirlinga. There is nothing to distinguish the appearance, but it is believed that a person can see these lingas as columns of fire piercing through the earth after he reaches a higher level of spiritual attainment. There are twelve Jyotirlingas in India and are located all over India. Twelve Jyotirlinga Names and Locations Somnath (Saurashtra Gujrat) Mallikarjun(Shrisailam A. P.) Mahakaleswar (Ujjain M. P.) Omkareswar(Shivapuri/ Mumaleswara M. P.) Vaijyanath (Parali M. S.) Nageswar ( Darukawanam/Aundha M. S.) Kedarnath (Himmalayas, Uttarnachal) Trimbakeswar (Nashik M. S.) Rmeshwar ( Rameswaram T. N.) Bhimashankar (Dakini M. S.) Kashi Vishweswar (Varanashi U. P.) Grishneshwar Ellora (M. S.) II Dvadasa Jyotirlinga Stotra II “Saurashtre Somanathamcha Srisaile Mallikarjunam Ujjayinya Mahakalam Omkaramamaleswaram || Paralyam Vaidyanathancha Dakinyam Bheema Shankaram | Setu Bandhethu Ramesam, Nagesam Darukavane|| Varanasyantu Vishwesam Tryambakam Gautameethate| Himalayetu Kedaaram, Ghrishnesamcha shivaalaye|| Etani jyotirlingani, Saayam Praatah Patennarah| Sapta Janma Kritam pApam, Smaranena Vinashyati||” It is Believed that one who chant the Dwadasa Jyotir Linga Stotram or prayer, He will attain the salvation (MUKTI). enlightenment and get released from the cycle of human existence with all its travails. By worshipping and taking darshan of the Jyotirlingas, people of all Cummunities will get freedom from all difficulties. And by Consuming the holy offering (Prasaadam, Naivedyam) made to these Jyotirlingas, one would be rid of all the sins instantly.