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The 12 Jyotir Lingam Temples of Lord Shiva in India
Worlds best photosite on all the 12 Jyotir Lingam temples and many other temples and holy places in India and other parts of the world.

Tradition says:"By the mere sight of the temple top you can reach enlightenment."
 

                                         

Sri Somnath Sri Mallikarjuna Sri Mahakaleswara Sri Omkareswara

 

                                         

Sri Vaidhyanath Sri Rameswara Sri Bhimashankar Sri Nageswara

 

                                     

Sri Wisveswara

Sri Triyambakeswar

Sri Kedarnath

Sri Ghusmeswara


The 12 Jyotir Lingam Temples

The twelve Jyotir Lingam Temples are situated all over India. The northernmost, the Kedarnath Temple is situated in the Himalayas at an altitude of 3.500m. The Vaidhyanath Temple is guarding the east, Rameswaram the south at the "bridge" to Sri Lanka, and the Nageswara Temple near Dwarka, Gujarat is the western-most.

Visiting the 12 Jyotir Lingams is considered one of the greatest blessings for a devout Shiva worshipper, as it is in these places Lord Shiva manifests Himself in the form of the Swayambhu Jyotir Lingas. Swayambhu means, that the lingas are self grown in nature and not carved by human hands. The lingas are discovered by saints, that were guided to these places. They are also called, Lord Shiva's "pillars of Light", as this is what is being seen from an elevated state of mind.

The Shiv Purana tells us how Lord Shiva in grief over His beloved spouse Sati, who were sacrificed by Daksha, spread her scattered body all over the Indian continent. The places they fell, became important places of Shakti worship. The twelve Jyotir Lingas are mainly situated near these places.

So many myths and stories are connected to these holy places. Millions of people, great saints and Masters have travelled over great distances to reach these temples and get the Darshan of Lord Shiva in the magnificent form of the Jyotir Lingams.

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Other  places   in  India  of  spiritual  & historical significance

FIVE SHIVA TEMPLES DEDICATED TO THE 5 NATURAL ELEMENTS
- Ekambeswara Temple
, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu - earth element
- Jambukareswara Temple, Tiruvanaikaival, Tamil Nadu - water element

- Arunachaleswara Temple, Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu - fire element
- Kalahasteeswara Temple, Sri Kalahasti, Tamil Nadu - wind element

 -Thillai Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu - ether (Akasha) element
OTHER TEMPLES
- Venkateswara Temple, Tirumala, AP 

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Meenakshi Temple, Madurai, TN
- Suntemple of Martrand, Kashmir 
- Avantipur Temple, Kashmir

- Bull Temple, Bangalore, Karnataka
- Cave Temple, Bangalore, Karnataka
- Rock Temple, Trichy/Tiruvanaikaival, TN
aSHRAMAS
-
Ramana Maharshi, Tiruvannamalai, TN
- Shiva Shakti Amma, Tiruvannamalai, TN
- Oneness University, Golden City, AP

- Mother Meera, Madanapalle, AP, India
- Mother Meera, Balduinstein, Germany
RIVERS
- Narmada, origin of the "Bana" Shiva Lingas
CAVES
- Ajanta & Ellora, Maharastra
MOUNTAINS
- Arunachala, Tiruvannamalai, TN
- Anjaneya/Hanuman Mountain, Maharstra
Other  holy  Places
-
Navagrahas immersed in water, Devipattanam,TN

EARLY CHRISTIANITy in india

KASHMIR
- Rozabal, Srinagar  - The tomb of Christ?
- Shankaracharya Temple, Srinagar - Was Jesus here?
- The rod of Jesus Christ at Aish-Muquam?
- The tomb of Moses? - Aham Sharif, Bandipur
CHENNAI / MADRAS
Places related to Saint Thomas, disciple of Jesus:
- Little Mount Thomas, Chennai
- Big Mount Thomas, Chennai
- Saint Thomas' Basilika, Chennai

places  of  historical   &  political  significance  in  india

Mahatma Gandhi
- Birthplace in Porbandar, Gujarat
- House in Rajkot, Gujarat
- Memorial, Madurai, TN
Indira Gandhi
- House in New Delhi

other  issues of  interest  in  India

- Srinagar, Kashmir: Houseboats & Sikharas
- Rahotsavam: Procession chariots  
- Temple elephants