Famous Shiva Temples in India

Lord Shiva is called The Devo ke Dev and the lord of Moksha. This article focuses on 12 famous Shiva temples in India and gives historical information about the 12 jyotirlinga places.

Lord Shiva-Famous Shiva Temples in India

Today I would like to give some details about famous shiva temples in india.In India there is lots of religions and places related to religions are available. for each religion many holy places are there. In Hindus there is also lots of gods and different god's followers are there. they all have their own beliefs and also their own places to visit. there is temples of various gods and goddesses in India. in all the gods there is three main gods defined Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh . all these three are called creator , manager and destroyer of world. Today I would like to focus of third god destroyer Lord Shiva. who destroy all evils and wrong this from us. I would like to introduce top 12 famous shiva temples in india which are called Jyotirlinga. A Jyotirlinga or Jyotirling or Jyotirlinga, is a devotional object representing the Supreme God Shiva. Jyoti means 'radiance' and lingam the 'Image or Sign' of Shiva; Jyotir Lingam thus means the Radiant Sign of The Almighty Shiva. There are twelve traditional Jyotirlinga shrines in India.All 12 are located in different part of India. and distance is all too big between them. like one is in north India in Himalayan range and other is in bottom south India near sea. I would like to write somUttarakhandf all of 12 temples here. so anyone who like to visit India on holy tour take benefit of details. I m starting from Top North to Down South.

  1. Kedarnath

Kedarnath- Famous Shiva Temples in India

Kedarnath is one of the famous shiva temples in india which is located in Uttranchal state of india in extreme north side in Himalayan range. Weather condition is extreme here so temple only open from April to November only. Also for reaching to temple you have to do track op 18 kms. approx. from one place called Gaurikund. and track is also difficult in extreme snow. To visit here nearest air base is Delhi from there u have to take train, bus or car to reach rishikesh which is nearest city on flat surface we can say. From this place kedarnath is 223 kms far and on height of 3600 mtrs.: It is on the top most part of india with too hard condition of weather and very much difficult to visit also. Jyotirlinga also made from Ice here.

  1. Kashi Visvanath

Kashi Visvanath- Jyotirlingas in India

Located in Varanasi also known as Banaras in Uttar Pradesh state of India. It is one of the holy city for Hindus in India also. All the rituals after death of person can complete here in this city only on the bank of river Ganga. Now a days Clean Ganga mission is going on to save the river. This temple is always crowded with devotees . Any time in a year u can visit this place. best time to visit temple is early morning to avoid rush. camera, mobile etc. not allowed to carry inside temple.

There is also ganga river and other places to see in varanasi.Varanasi itself has a airport , railway station and buses. u can reach there with any mode. many trains are there to varanasi from all major places and also there is flights from many major cities of india.

  1. Baidyanath

Baidyanath-Famous Shiva Temples in India

Located in Jarkhand state of india. Nearest airport is Patna in Bihar . This village has train station and temple is located 8 kms far from station. This is a temple which is less famous i can say. there is also dispute about the place and real temple location. some are saying that it is located in maharastra near parli village and some are saying that it is located in south india part. But from history u can found some fact that temple was originated at this place only. now many consider parli is real so in that condition total jyotirlinga becomes 13 and as per gurus of hindu and other people that is not good and not acceptable also. there must be 12 only.

  1. Omkareshwar

Omkareshwar-Jyotirlingas in India

Located in Madhya Pradesh state of India . Located on Omkar mountain which is located on island make by river narmada which is also a holy river. Nearest city and airport is Indore which is 80 kms far. this is a good city and one of the biggest city in state. u will get air connection with all major cities and also trains from major cities are coming here. good bus and road connections are there.

  1. Mahakaleshwar

Mahakaleshwar-Famous Shiva Temples in India

Located in Ujjain city of Madhya Pradesh State. It is one of the best and old temple. the morning bhasma aarti at 5 AM is most important and totally different one and must attend task here. ujjain is small town connected with train and bus majority of cities in india. nearest airport is indore which is 50 kms far. In one visit omkareshwar and mahakaleshwar can possible as both are not much far. Istance is almost 400 kms between both. Ujjain is also a good city to visit . must try in indore their snacks which are spicy and also in break fast paua and sev which is speciality of the indore.

  1. Srisailam

Srisailam-Jyotirlingas in India

Located near Hyderabad in Andra Pradesh state of India. Located on Nalamalli hill . It is also near to river Krishana. There is four different routes are there to reach temple. Only mode is by road with bus or your personal vehicle. road is too danger and hilly with forest all over. Nearest airport is hydrabad almost 250 kms far. nearest train station is guntur 94 kms. buses are available from all places in state. too difficult to reach by road also . road is totally in hilly area with dense forest and threat of theft and animals also . from some place once bus starts it never stop in between till other stop .

  1. Rameshwaram

Rameshwaram-Famous Shiva Temples in India

Located in end of India last state Tamil Nadu on seashore. It is very much near to sri lanka also from sea route.Among these 12 famous shiva temples in india the temple which is situated in rameshwaram have historical importance because it is mentioned in ramayana. As per mythological story lord rama did pooja here of lord shiva after finishing fight with evil ravan of lanka. Nearest airport chennai and trains are connected to rameshwaram with many places in state. IN early time there was much difficulty to reach this place as there was only one way to reach was train which passes from single bridge made on sea. that was with one way only. now there is over bridge also for road transport and two tracks of train.

  1. Tribmakeshwar

Tribmakeshwar-Jyotirlingas in India

Located Near Nasik city in Maharashtra state of India. Nashik is very good place with godavari rivers and visiting places with pleasant atmosphere. u can reach temple by auto , car, and bus from nashik it is 40 kms far and take almost 1 hour.. Nashik has airport and operating one or two flights from Mumbai. otherwise nearest airport is Mumbai. trains and buses are connected with nasik very well. Best way to reach mumbai by flight and take volvo to nasik and stay in nasik. nasik has many places to visit also. Nasik is a place of HAL which is one of the most important for air force of india.

  1. Bhimashankar

Bhimashankar-Famous Shiva Temples in India

Located in small village called Bhima Shankar in Khed district in Maharashtra state. it is in nothwest direction from khed and nearest best big city is pune which is almsot 230 kms far. road towards temple from pune is good till half way. after that it is small single road with hiils and ghats. it is little danger in drive . temple is located in down side of hill. after reaching there u have to go down 40 big steps. but the area is too good with nature and u can enjoy specially in monsoon season. u have to take private cab from pune or take bus of state transport. these two are the ways to visiting this place. must attend aarti at 12 pm every day which is most important. I must say when plan to visit this temple be in pune for atleast 3 days and enjoy life of pune. superb one.

  1. Grishneshwar

Grishneshwar-Jyotirlingas in India

Located near Ellora caves near doltabad fort near Aurangabad city in Maharashtra district in India. aurangabad is almost 90 kms far from this place and ellora caves are 20 kms far. this place is very good and entrance is too small in height that u have to seat end enter. here u are not allowed to enter in temple with your weared clothes u have to remove and only wear dhotti. too good holy place. near by u can visit ellora caves which is historic and number of caves are more to see. also from here u can visit ajanta caves which are 150 kms far only. that are famous caves with Kamasutra display.

  1. Somnath

Somnath-Famous Shiva Temples in India

Located near veraval city in Gujarat state of india. one of the best developed and with best infrastructure state. Temple is 15 kms from veraval which is connected with rail line with few cities in india. nearest airport is rajkot which is 250 kms far. temple is located on sea sore. and very well designed and maintained temple. Union territory of diu is near to this place hardly 60 kms in festivals and week ends people visiting this place to enjoy beach and drink liquor as Gujarat is dry state.. people of Gujarat visiting somnath ( near to somnath prabhas patan ) place for doing all rituals after death of family member. Rajkot which has airport ans near to somath is also a very good place for their local style night life. it has shops open 24X7 and you can enjoy snacks and tea there.

  1. Nageshwar

Nageshwar-Jyotirlingas in India

Located near dwarika which is also a holy place in Gujarat state. nearest airport is jamnanar locate 200 kms far. trains are coming to dwarika from many places and bus routes are best here. from dwarika u have to use local transport to reach temple. this is also one of the best and newly developed temple. In gujarat there is two temples and u can visit both as distance between both is almost 250 kms only.

As per above list total 12 famous shiva temples in india which are most important and holly for hindus and who are followers of lord shiva in India. as per list u can see that 12 temples are divided in 8 states of india. maximum numbers of jyotirlinga temples are in Maharashtra state 3 nos and with one disputed place partly it comes to 4, which in Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand 1 each.

Among these famous shiva temples in india Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra state temples are very well connected with flights, roads and train. while most difficult to visit are in Uttrakhand and in Andhra Pradesh.

All above are best place to visit in india if anyone wants to be on holy tour and specially for lord shiva followers must visit these 12 famous shiva temples in india.

Thanks and hope u will like this article.

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Author: Aryavrit Travels18 Sep 2017 Member Level: Bronze   Points : 1

Great and informative article to travelers and pilgrims who would love to visit India's famous jyothirlinga shiva temples.

Please also write about Ghushmeshwar Jyotirlingam near Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan, which is considered as the 12th jyotirlinga.

Author: Rupesh19 Sep 2017 Member Level: Silver   Points : 0

As per official list and approved by all Shankaracharya's, Ghushmeshwar is not in the list of jyotirlinga temples. Please also search in google and you will not be able to find such an information about Ghushmeshwar. Anyway, I will research on the same and write on finding something related to the same. Thanks for highlighting this.

Guest Author: JAMES25 Sep 2017

Hi, I am james, a traveler. Your blog is nice and this article provides important information regarding LORD SHIVA and his jyotirlinga temples. Thank you very much for such a wonderful post.

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