What is a Shiva Temple?
Shiva Temples are specially designed places of worship where the presiding deity is Lord Shiva in the form of a Linga.
What is a Linga?
Linga is an aniconic representation of Lord Shiva, which is used for worship in temples. To know more about a Linga, you can refer this post
What is a Jyotirlinga?
Jyothirlingas are twelve 1 ...
The Greatness of Kasi (Varanasi) and Kasi Vishwanatha Temple are described in many Puranas. Kasi is known as Avimukta Kshetra. Chapter 22 of Kotirudra Samhita of Shiva Purana describes the origin of city of Kasi and Lord Vishwanatha in detail.
During creation, Nirguna Brahman got split into a Purusha and Prakriti (Saguna form as Shiva-Shakti; metaphorically ...
Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva in Linga form during the Setubandha event and Lord Shiva established himself as Jyoti Swarupa there and that Linga became popular as Rameshwaram Jyotirlinga.
Rameshwaram is one of the popular pilgrimage site and it is one of the Char-Dham. Rameshwara Jyotirlinga is described in several Puranas like Shiva Purana, Brahmanda ...
The stories of all jyotirlingas are described in KotiRudraSamhita of Shiva Mahapurana. Chapter 15 of same Samhita describes the story of Sri Mallikarjuna or Malleswara in detail.
After going around the earth, Kartikeya reaches Kaliasa and Narada communicates him about the marriage of Ganesha. Kartikeya knowing this leaves Kailasa and goes to Krauncha ...
Yes there is a difference between a Lord Shiva temple and a Jyotirling. It is said that Lord Shiva himself is present there at all 12 Jyotirlings where as in temples we do establishment( स्थापना)of a Lord Shiva murti as an idol or a shiv linga and start doing prayers and performing all the rituals. No Jyotirling was established by us, it was all ...
Well trying to answer some of your questions from what I have read:
Bhasma Aarti at Mahakaleshwar
One of the most important rituals of Mahakaleshwar is Bhasma Aarti. The temple opens in the morning at 4 AM with a special aarti – the one of its kind Bhasma Aarti – where the aarti is performed with sacred ash – Bhasma. Since ancient times, this bhasma used ...
The story of Ghušamesvara,the twelfth Jyotirlińga is described in detail in Chapter 32 and 33 of Koti Rudra Samhita of Shiva Mahapurana.
In Northern region near Devagiri hill, there lived a Brahmana of Bharadwaja clan named Sudhrama. He was well proficient in Vedas and Dharma. He had a wife called Sudeha who was chaste and devoted to Lord Shiva. Though she ...
Nara-Narayana were two prominent sages, who were sons of Yama and previous births of Arjuna and Krishna respectively. They lived in Badrikashrama and they were known for their fight with Sahasrakavacha.
These sages did Tapasya for Lord Shiva daily and Shiva used to come here as Parthiva Linga pleased by their blessings. He stayed there as Kedarnatha ...
Omkareswara is the 4th one among the total 12 Jyotirlingams.
It is situated in Shivapuri or Mamaleswara, a place in Madhya Pradesh.
Refer to the "Dwadasa Jyotirlinga Stotram" found here:
Sourashtre Somanadham, cha Sri Shaile Mallikarjunam, Ujjayinyam Maha
Kalam, Omkara Mamaleshwaram, Paralyam Vaidyanatham, cha Dakinyam
Meaning of the ...
Somnatha Jyotirlinga is first of the Jyotirlingas on Earth (Bhooloka). Story of Somesvara is described in detail in both Shiva Mahapurana and Skanda Maha Purana.
This is how Chapter 14 of RudraSamhita of Shiva Purana describes the story.
Daksha's 27 daughters were married to Soma, the moon God. But Moon God always loved Rohini more compared to other wives. ...
The following are the two stories about Mahakaleswara told in the Koti Rudra Samhita of Siva Maha Purana taken from here.
Origin of Mahakaleshwar Linga
The sages said: —
O Suta, you know everything by Vyasa’s favour. We are never satiated by hearing about the Jyotirlingas.
Hence O holy lord, be kind to us and narrate the third Jyotirlinga to us ...
It was in Somnath at Gujarat.It floats due to smart use of construction materials.It does not float anymore due to destruction caused by Islamic invaders.
You can find a brief description at this link.Alternatively,the book Jai Somnath by K.M.Munshi -ISBN:9788184617696 is providing a detailed account of the temple.
Triyamabakeswara Jyotirlinga is related to origin of River Godavari, Rishi Gautama and Ganga River. Shiva Linga here has faces of 3 Gods of Hindu Trinity Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara and thus Shiva linga here is called Trimbakeshwara Jyotirlinga.
Chapters 24, 25, 26 and 27 of Koti Rudra Samhita of Shiva Mahapurana describes the story of Triyambakeswara ...
Chapter 1 of the Koṭirudra Saṃhitā of the Shiva Purana places the Linga in a cremation ground or citābhūmi (and alternatively at a place called parali):
वैद्यनाथं चिताभूमौ - Vaidyanātha in the cremation ground
The Dvādaśaliṅgastōtram by Adi Shankaracharya places the Linga in the North Eastern part of the country:
The significance is that all the 12 Jyotirlingas are Swayambhu or self- manifested or self- existent. They are not man made or krittima. So, they represent Lord Shiva fully. And their greatness is unmatched.
In MatrikA Bheda Tantram, Lord Shiva says that in Kailasa there exists a Jyotirmaya lingam (or Jyotirlingam ) ( which is of course inaccessible to ...
While I have not been able to find any Pauranic reference as answer to this question, we chant the "Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Stotram" which is sung in praise of the twelve Jyotirlingas. It would be logical and believable to accept this as the chronological order. The prayer swings from Western India to Southern India to Central India to the Himalayas to the ...
The significance of the Jyotirlingas is described in Chapter 1 of the Koti-Rudra Samhita of the Shiva Purana.
The sages ask Suta to describe the glory of the Shivalingas. Suta replies that there are Shivalingas all over the three worlds as Shiva is worshiped by everyone be it gods, demons or humans.
The Shivalingas are consecrated to shower grace upon the ...
The location of the Vaidyanath Jyothirlinga is said to be at 3 places, not two. Swift's beautiful answer enumerates them as:
1) Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga - Deogarh: -Baidyanath Dham , Deogarh
district of Jharkhand.
2) Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga - Parli Village , Parli Vaidyanath temple
, Beed District , Maharastra State
3) Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga ...
Shree Nageshwar Joytirlinga Temple or Nagnath Temple is located on the route between Gomati Dwarka and the Bait Dwarka Island on the coast of Saurashtra in Gujarat state of (India).
In this Jyotirlinga lord Shiva is worshipped as Nageswara form . Two other sites with same name are in India, one near Audhgram near Purna in Andhra Pradesh and another near ...
Shree Bhimashankar JyotirLinga temple is the famous Shiva Mahadeva temple of Maharashtra state (India).
The temple of Bhima Shankara Jyotirling is built in Hemadpanthi style. It is decorated with the Dashavatar statues. Bhimashankara Temple is situated in a picturesque extreme end of the Sahayadri Ranges and provides a wonderful view of the forts, the ...
There are three Shree Shiv Jyotirlinga's with name Vaidyanath in India as -
1) Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga - Deogarh: -Baidyanath Dham , Deogarh district of Jharkhand.
2) Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga - Parli Village , Parli Vaidyanath temple , Beed District , Maharastra State
3) Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga - Kangra:- Baijnath , Himachal Pradesh State.
Taking your yesterday's suggestion into account, the answer is posted short. The story about Mahakaleswara told in the Koti Rudra Samhita of Siva Maha Purana taken from here. The below is passage is taken from Kanchi Kamakoti Website in which the essence of different puranas is listed. The link for Jyotirlingas is here.
Situated in the banks of River ...
Jyotirlings are place where the Shiva appeared when he had created the jyotirlings initially.
As the mythology suggest there was a argument between the lord Vishnu and lord Brahma over the supremacy. At that time Lord Shiva had created three endless light beams cutting across the three world and asked both the gods to enter in these light beams and one who ...
From the Essence of Amarnatha yatra Phala article which is based on Bhringi Samhita of Skanda Purana,
Mritustaanagrasat sarvaan Devaabhi sa Vaasavaan,
Devaste mrityunaa grastaavya kulaahyabhavam Priye/
Sametya sharanam jaguh sharanyam Parameshwaram,
Tushtuvuh parama preetyaa Shankarah tamonaashranam/
Mrityu tormented Devaas, headed by Indra, approached ...
Am not an expert but a avid follower of Shiva, you can refer Sadhguru jaggi vasudev for all the intricate science behind the ash smearing and time significance for the bhasmarti.
In following some points I will try to answer them :
Shiva literally means one who has mastered the perception of "that which is not physical/periodic time bound thing" hence he ...
Jyotir Lingam means the Radiant Sign of the Almighty Shiva. No Jyotirlinga was established by us, it was all already established by Lord Shiva himself.
Below link will explain you fully,
What is the difference between a Shiva temple and a Jyotirlinga?
सौराष्ट्रे सोमनाथंच श्री शैले मल्लिकार्जुनम् |
उज्जयिन्यां महाकालमोंकारममलेश्वरम् ||
In this verse, Mamleshwar in Omkareshwar region is called Jyotirlinga. Both Omkareshwar and Mamaleshwar are in the form of the same Jyotirlinga, Mamaleshwar on the south bank of the Narmada and Omkareshwar sits on the Omkar Parvat towards the north and the mother Narmada ...
The incident involving Shiva evolving as a fire is related to Arunachala (Tiruvannamalai). It is not found in Rig Veda. It is found in the Samhita of the Skanda Purana
Original Sanskrit text
Glory of Arunachala
Rudra (Sankara) Samhita alone has thirty thousand verses. The
Maheswara Khanda is one of the twelve Khandas (divisions) of this