India is the country that has many holiest places like 12 Jyotirlingas Yatra for the devotees, and among all the Gods, Lord Shiva is the most worshipped God across the world and mostly devotee interested in 12 Jyotirlingas Yatra. From small villages to ancient temples, India has a lot of things for the devotees. Lord Shiva is known by different names such as Mahadev, Bhole Baba, Someshwara, Shankara, etc., which means the supreme giver of joy. People worship the Great God, Lord Shiva, in the form of Shivling.
According to Hindu religion, 12 Jyotirlinga is considered as most promising one as you can wash all your sins and attain extreme salvation. These twelve sacred destinations are spread across eight states like Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Jharkhand. In this blog, I will share 12 places in different states, the best time to visit, the budget, and the number of days required to cover 12 Jyotirlinga Yatra.
You can start the Yatra during the winter season, i.e. from November to February when the climate is pleasant and soothing. The winter season the best for the devotees to start their 12 Jyotirling Yatra.
The number of days required to cover the trip:
The 12 Jyotirlinga Yatra takes a minimum of 20-25 days to complete.
You can book your tour package from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, Bangalore, Ahmedabad etc. The total cost of the 12 Jyotirlinga Yatra is INR 57,500/ per person.
List of 12 Jyotirling Temples in India:
On the shores of the Arabian Sea, Somnath Temple is located in Gir Somnath, Gujarat. People usually start their 12 Jyotirlinga Yatra from Somnath Temple. Thousands of devotees visit the temple on Shivratri and are considered holy places among all the Jyotirlinga shrines.
Timings: The temple is opened from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm for its devotees.
The divine essence and exquisite of the ancient temple, Mallikarjuna, captivates the hearts of devotees. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is situated on a hill in Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh. There is the Kumbala River near the temple, which adds beauty to the place. The walls and carvings of the temple remind Ramayana and Mahabharata. During March, Jathra Mahotsavam is held, which attracts the devotees.
Timings: The temple is opened from 4:30 am to 10:00 pm
Mahakaleshwar Temple is known as one of the top ‘Tantra Temple’ of India, located in the historic city of Ujjain on the River Kshipra. The temple is the home to one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. In the morning, ‘Bhasm Aarti’ is the first ritual held in the temple. During the month of Sawan and Nag Panchami, several pilgrims visit the temple from different parts of the country.
Timings: It is opened from 3:00 am to 11:00 pm every day
On the island, ‘Mandhata’ resides the temple Omkareshwar and Mamleshwar at the banks of river Narmada. The island is in Om, and thousands of devotees visit come here for darshan during Shivratri, Kartik Purnima and Maha Shivratri. The Narmada river flowing through adds beauty to the place. The narrow ridge separates Mamleshwar Temple from Omkareshwar.
Timings: It is opened for its devotees from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm
Located in Deoghar in Jharkhand, Baidyanath Dham is one of the attractions to several pilgrims. The Shivling is decorated with beautiful gems and is also a prominent Shakti Peeth. There is a pond known as ‘Mansarovar’ built by Amber ruler Raja Man Singh. The height of the temple is approximately 72ft. You can see the beautiful eight petaled lotus called Chandrakanta Mani, which attracts the devotees. Shravan Mela and Buddhist monastery are fascinating things.
Timings: It is opened from 4:00 am to 9:00 pm daily
Bhimashankar Temple is the sixth Jyotirlinga situated in a small village near Pune in Maharashtra. The place is the home of Lord Shiva and has great religious significance. Thousands of pilgrims visit the mesmerizing temple during Shivratri and Maha Shivratri occasions. The outer walls of the temple remind the scene from Shiv Leela, Ramayana and Mahabharata.
Timings: It is opened from 5:00 am to 9:00 pm every day
Ramanathaswamy Temple in Tamil Nadu is one of the Char Dham Yatra for Hindu pilgrims. It is the home to one of the Jyotirlinga and attracts the devotees. Majestic towers, sculpted pillars, lavish corridors are fascinating things in the temple. Panchmukhi Hanuman temple, Gandhamadhana Parvatham temple, and Rama Setu are some of the sacred sites you shouldn’t miss out on.
Timings: It is opened from 4:30 am to 8:30 pm
Nageshwar Mahadev temple is one of the Char Dham for Hindu pilgrimage located near Dwarka. Pilgrims visit the temple to seek the blessings from Lord Shiva, worshipped in the form of Nagdev. There is a Lord Shiva statue that is 25 meters tall and attracts the devotees.
Timings: It is opened from 5:00 am to 9:00 pm every day
Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the famous temples in Banaras/ Varanasi. There is a golden chhatri on the top of the temple, and the tower is gold plated. During Shivratri, Maha Shivratri, Kartik Purnima, Dev Diwali devotees gather at Kashi from all over the world. Other attractions near the Kashi Vishwanath Temple are Annapurna Mata Temple and Kalbhairav Temple.
Timings: It is opened from 3:00 am to 11:00 pm
The temple is situated in the small town of Trimbak near Nashik in Maharashtra. Devotees from all over the world come here to worship Lord Shiva. The view of Brahmagiri Hill and Kalagiri Hill adds beauty to the temple. There is a famous pond called Kushavarta ( origin point Godavari River), and it is believed the desires of the devotees are fulfilled. The Linga of Lord Shiva is embedded with Diamond and emerald.
Timings: It is opened from 5:30 am to 9:00 pm
It is believed that the Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand, located in the Himalayan range is there since the time of Mahabharata. One of the Char Dham for the devotees, the Kedarnath temple, remains closed during the winter season owing to the extreme cold. To worship the idol of Lord Shiva is brought down at ‘Ukhimath’. In the month of Vaisakh, the temple is opened for its pilgrims.
Timings: It is opened from 4:00 am to 9:00 pm for its pilgrims
Grishneshwar Temple in Maharashtra is located in a village known as Verul near Aurangabad. There are beautiful paintings and sculptures on the temple wall, which is the most beautiful thing. Grishneshwar Temple is one of the most miniature Jyotirlinga temples and comprises five-tier ‘Shikara’.
Timings: It is opened for its devotees from 5:00 am to 9:00 pm
Many believe that if you want to have peace, health, and happiness in your life, you should take a pilgrimage of 12 Jyotirling Yatra. It will remove all the darkness from your life.
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