nagendraharaya trilochanaya
bhasmangaragaya maheshvaraya |
nityaya shuddhaya digambaraya
tasmai na_karaya namah shivaya ||

In a meditative calm, Lord Shiva's might, Unleashes power, a celestial light. Dancing flames, his cosmic embrace, A source of strength, love, and divine grace.

Lord Shiva, also known as the Supreme God in Hinduism, is a Swayambhu which means he was not born in a body. He was here even before the birth of this universe and even before the creation of infinite galaxies and what not. Also known as Adidev, the oldest God, Shiva is the divine God of Yogis, the God of all animals and humans, the God of all the energies, is transcendental in every form. Shiva or Shankara, or Mahadev is worshipped all over the world majorly in the form of a lingam called Shivalingam or Jyotirlingas which is the powerful union of the Shiva and Shakti. India, the land of the Sanatana is blessed with a rich cultural heritage with countless temples. Among them, there are 12 Jyotirlingas in India that are considered the most ancient and sacred. Every year millions of devotees visit these shrines to seek the blessings of the supreme deity. Want to know more about this in detail? Keep reading!

12 Jyotirlingas in India: A Divine Door to Mokhsha

Jyotirlingas in India
Jatatavigalajjala pravahapavitasthale
Galeavalambya lambitam bhujangatungamalikam
Damad damad damaddama ninadavadamarvayam
Chakara chandtandavam tanotu nah shivah shivam

Shiv Tandava Stotram describes the splendor of Shankara. The glory of God is also mentioned in Rig Veda, where Lord Shiva is mentioned in form of Rudra and the complete divinity is mentioned in the Shiv Puran and Ramcharitamanas. It is considered very auspicious to visit these 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva, especially during the holiest month of Shravan or Sawana when one can feel the charismatic vibes of the Lord on earth. According to Hinduism, it is believed those who visit the 12 Jyotirlingas in lifetime and are pure from mind, heart and soul attain moksha or salvation. The devotee’s sins wash away, and he is blessed with the ultimate guidance of Shankara and is free from the cycle of rebirth.

How Many Jyotirlingas are there in India?

According to the Dwadasa Jyotirlinga Stotram, which is a hymn dedicated to the twelve Jyotirlingas, here is the list of 12 Jyotirlingas in India:

List of 12 Jyotirlingas in India with their Location:

  1. Somnath, Gujarat
  2. Mallikarjuna, Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh
  3. Mahakaleswar, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh
  4. Omkareshwar, Madhya Pradesh
  5. Kedarnath, Uttrakhand
  6. Bhimashankar, Pune, Maharashtra
  7. Viswanath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
  8. Tryambakeshwar, Nashik, Maharashtra
  9. Vaijnath, Maharashtra
  10. Nageshwar, Gujrat
  11. Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu
  12. Grishneshwar, Maharashtra

1. Somnath in Gujarat: First Out of 12 Jyotirlingas where Moon God Worshipped Lord Shiva

Somnath in Gujarat
Sourashtra Dese Visadhethi Ramye, Jyothirmayam Chandra Kalavathamsam, Bhakthi Pradhanaya Krupavatheernam, Tham Soma Nadham Saranam Prapadhye

Considered to be the first among the 12 Jyotirlingas, the Somnath Jyotirlinga in Gujrat is one of the best places to visit in India to seek the blessings of the allminghty. ‘Som’ in Sanskrit means the ‘Moon’ and ‘Nath’ means ‘God’, i.e, the Lord of the Moon. It is very interesting to know that this jyotirlingas was built by the Moon God himself. According to the holy Shiv Purana, Moon married the 27 daughters of Daksha Prajapati, but he favored Rohini over all her sisters. Other sisters complained about his partiality to their father Daksha, who got very angry that he warned him. Even after moon did not listen, Prajapati Daksha cursed Moon that the as he ignored his daughters because of his beauty, he will lose his lusture and will keep on eroding every day. Moon rushed to lord Shiva, who saved him from the never-ending disease and pain. Finally, he took holy dips in Saraswati River and got his luster back. Moon made the temple of Somnath with his hands and worshipped Shiva to thank him.

Somnath Temple Jyotirlinga

Located in Prabhas Patan, Veraval in Gujarat, India, the Somnath Temple is one of the best tourist spots in India. The temple was initially built in Sat Yug by Moon in Gold, later in silver by Ravana in Treta Yug, and in sandalwood by Lord Krishna in the Dwapar Yug. The ancient temple is so old that its exact date of construction is unknown. The present architecture was built by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel after freedom as the temple was attacked and looted about 17 times by Mahmud of Ghazni. Visit the holy shrine to explore the intricate carvings, Māru-Gurjara architecture (also called Chaulukya or Solanki style), majestic pillars, and heavenly vibe.

Timings of Somnath Temple: 6 AM to 10 PM

Location of Somnath Temple: Somnath Mandir Rd, Somnath, Gujarat 362268

Dress Code: Indian Wear

Places to Visit Near Somnath Temple, Gujrat:

Beach at Somnath
  • Bhalka Tirth
  • Gita Mandir
  • Triveni Sangam

Things to Do in Somnath Temple:

Hindu Rituals
  • Soak in the views of Chorwad Beach
  • Explore Prabhas Patan Museum
  • Visit Dehotsarg Teerth
  • Visit Gita Temple
  • Feel the divinity at Triveni Sangam
  • Seek Blessings at Suraj Mandir
  • Relax and meditate on Somnath Beach

Ideal Duration to Visit Somnath: 2 to 3 days

Other Attractions in Somnath:

Dwarka Dham

The Somnath Temple is located around 235 KM from Dwarka, which is among the Char Dhams of India. Devotees who come to Dwarka for the Char Dham Yatra often visit Somnath Temple which is accessible in just 3 Hrs 45 Mins. Next major attraction is Daman and Diu.

Nearest Domestic Airport: The closest airport is the Diu Airport, which is located about 65 KM away from Somnath

Nearest International Airport: Sardar Vallabhai Patel Airport, Ahmedabad

How to Reach Somnath Temple:

  • By Air: The nearest airport is Diu Airport, which is approximately 65 kilometers away. From there, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Somnath.
  • By Train: The nearest railway station is Veraval Railway Station, which is around 7 kilometers from Somnath.
  • By Road: Somnath is well-connected by road. It can be reached by buses, taxis, or private vehicles.

Nearest Hotels to Somnath Mandir:

  • Lords Inn Somnath
  • Hotel Swagat
  • Hotel Om Somnath
  • The Fern Residency, Somnath

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2. Mallikarjuna at Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh: The Second Jyotirlinga with Divine Form of Shiva and Parvati

Mallikarjuna Temple
Sri Shaila Sange Vibhudathi Sange, Thulathi Thune Api Mudha Vasantham, Thamarjunam Mallika Poorvamekam, Namami Samsara Samudhra Sethum

Situated on a hilltop by the Krishna River, Sri Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Temple or Srisailam Temple in Andhra Pradesh is the second jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva in India. It is one of the most renowned Temples in South India that one should definitely visit to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva and his wife Goddess Parvati. According to the Shiva Purana, there was once a small dispute between Ganesha and Kartikeya, the two sons of Lord Shiva, about who would be worshipped first. (Pratham Pujya). To make it a fair choice, a race was set up between the two sons and they were supposed to take a round of the world. Kartikeya instantly jumped on his peacock and went for it but Ganesha on the other hand completed a parikrama around his parents and said they mean the world to him.

Mallikarjuna Temple Jyotirlinga

His cognitive intelligence and respect make him win the title of Pratham Pujya (first worshipped God) and also married him to Riddhi and Siddhi, which made Kartikeya, the elder son sad. Kartikeya left Mount Kailash and went to Mount Krounch in the South for the rest of his life. Once Lord Shiva with his wife Parvati visited here and stayed to meet their son. It is believed that Lord Shiva appeared as Arjuna on Amavasya (No moon day) and Goddess Parvati as Mallika on Poornima (full moon day), and hence the name is Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga. The beautiful temple is also one of the eighteen Shakti Peethas of Paravati where she is in the form of Bhramaramba Devi. The temple is considered as the living Kailash on earth and worshipping here is equivalent to worshiping the powers of the entire universe.  Visit the holy temple to soak in the heavenly bliss and explore the ancient architecture and scriptures to soothe your soul.

Timings of Mallikaarjuna Temple: 5:30 AM to 9:30 PM

Location of Mallikarjuna Temple: Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh 528101

Dress Code: Indian Wear

Places to Visit Near Mallikarjuna, Andhra Pradesh:

  • Ahobilam
  • Mahanandi Temple
  • Alampur Jogulamba Temple
  • Yaganti Temple
  • Nagarjuna Sagar Dam

Things to Do in Mallikarjuna Temple:

Shiva Abhishekam
  • Offer prayers and participate in religious rituals
  • Visit the nearby temples and ancient sites
  • Explore the ancient scriptures
  • Enjoy shopping for the spiritual souvenirs
  • Participate in Shiva Abhisheka
  • Relax near the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam
  • Explore the nearby wildlife sanctuary

Ideal Duration to Visit Mallikarjuna: 2 to 3 days

Distance of Mallikaarjuna and Tirupati Balaji Temple: 415 KM, 9 Hrs

Other Attractions:

Srisailam Mandal

Srisailam Mandal, which is about 190 KM from Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga

Nearest International Airport to Mallikarjuna: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad

How to Reach Mallikarjuna Temple:

  • By Air: The nearest airport is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, approximately 220 kilometers away. From there, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach the temple.
  • By Train: The closest railway station is at Markapur Road, about 85 kilometers away from where you can hire taxis.
  • By Road: Mallikarjuna Temple is well-connected by road. It can be reached by buses, taxis, or private vehicles. Regular bus services operate from nearby cities like Hyderabad, Vijayawada, and Kurnool.

Closest Hotels to Mallikarjuna Mandir, Andhra Pradesh:

  • Hotel GrandAkkamahadevi
  • Hotel R Residency
  • Hotel Grand Akkamahadevi
  • Pathaleswara Sadan

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3. Mahakaleswar at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh: The Only South-Facing Lingam out of 12 Jyotirlingas

Mahakaleswar at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh
Avanthikayam Vihithavatharam, Mukthi Pradhanaya Cha Sajjananam, Akalamruthyo Parirakshanatham, Vande Maha Kala Maha Suresam

Dedicated to the Supreme God Shiva, Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga is Swayambhu or self-manifested form of the divine. Nestled in the ancient city of Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, the temple is located on the side of the holy river Shipra. It is among the two Jyotirlingas in Madhya Pradesh, the another is Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga, that is situated about 140 km from here. Mahakaleshwar in Sanskrit means the God of time and death. Interestingly, it is the only jyotirlinga facing the south, while all the other jyotirlingas face east making it a different jyotirlinga in India. In Hinduism, south is the direction of the death and worshipping Mahakal prevents before time death

Mahakaleswar Temple Jyotirlinga

According to the Shiva Purana, Ujjain was ruled by King Chandrasena, who was a devotee of Lord Shankara. Once when he was chanting Shiva’s name, a farmer's boy named Shrikhar also started chanting with him but was forcefully removed by the guards of the King. He was sent to the outskirts of the Shipra River where he discovered that a neighboring army of enemies was about to attack Ujjain city. Shrikhar started to pray and chant Shiva’s name, and the news spread and reached a priest named Vridhi who also prayed to the Supreme God to help them. Upon hearing the pleas of his helpless devotees, Shiva appeared in his Mahakala form and destroyed the enemies of King Chandrasena.

Upon the request of his devotees, Shiva agreed to reside in the city and become the chief deity of the Kingdom and till today he is the only King of Ujjain. Devotees who worship Shiva in Mahakaleshwar form are free from the fear of death and diseases. They would be granted every happiness and will be under the protection of Shiva forever. The ancient temple was destroyed by Iltutmish which was reconstructed by Maratha general Ranoji Shinde in 1734 CE. Visit the temple and explore the beautiful carvings and experience the charismatic vibes of God.

Location of Mahakaleswar Temple, Ujjain: Jaisinghpura, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh 456006

Timings: 3 AM to 11 PM

Mahakaleswar Temple Bhasam Arti Timings: 4 AM to 6 AM

Dress Code of Mahakaleswar, Ujjain: Indian Wear Only ( Its mandatory for females to wear Sarees and males to wear Dhotis during Bhasam Arti )

Places to Visit Near Mahakaleswar Temple, Ujjain:

Ram Ghat, Ujjain
  • Ram Ghat
  • Kal Bhairav Temple
  • Harsiddhi Temple
  • Kshipra River
  • Vedha Shala Observatory

Things to Do in Mahakaleshwar Temple, Ujjain:

Mahakal Corridor, Ujjain
  • Offer prayers and participate in religious rituals
  • Attend Bhasam Arti
  • Visit the nearby temples and ancient sites
  • Enjoy shopping for the spiritual souvenirs
  • Seek blessings in the Kal Bhairav Temple

Ideal Duration to Visit Mahakaleswar, Ujjain: 2 to 3 days

Distance of Mahakaleswar Temple and Omkareshwar Temple, MP: 139.5 KM, 3 Hr 54 Min

Other Attractions: Omkareshwar Temple

Nearest International Airport to Mahakaleshwar, Ujjain: Indore (IDR) Airport which is around 51 km away

How to Reach Mahakaleshwar Temple, Ujjain:

Ujjain Ghat

By Air: The nearest airport is Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport in Indore, approximately 55 kilometers away. From there, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain.

By Train: Ujjain Junction is the main railway station, well-connected with major cities in India. The temple is within walking distance of the railway station.

By Road: Ujjain is well-connected by road with nearby cities and towns. Regular bus services operate from various cities in Madhya Pradesh and neighboring states to Ujjain.

Closest Hotels to Mahakaleshwar Temple, Ujjain:

  • Hotel Satyam Inn
  • Hotel Bholenath
  • Hotel Raghumani Palace

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4. Omkareshwar in Madhya Pradesh: The Charismatic OM-Shaped Island

Omkareshwar in Madhya Pradesh
Kavaerika Narmadhayo Pavithre, Samagame Sajjana Tharanaya, Sadaiva Mandha Tripure Vasantham, Onkarameesam Shivameka Meede

Omkareshwar is made from 2 words- Omkar and Eshwar which means the Lord of the Om. The beej mantra Om itself is considered as the creator of the world and Lord Shiva is considered as the creator of OM. Situated in Mandhata city in the Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh, the Omkareshwar Temple is nestled on the Shivpuri Island on the banks of Narmada and river Kaveri. Devotees can reach here by boats and bridges. The most divine and mesmerizing part is that the island is in the shape of the symbol Om. There are two ancient stories behind this. According to the Shiva Purana, Vindhya or the Vindhyachal Mountain was a devotee of Shankara. Once he made a lingam with his hands with mud and sand and started worshipping and chanting the name of Lord Shiva. With his dedicated austerity (tapasya), Shiva appeared in two forms namely Omkareshwar and Amaleswara. Since then, the island appears to be in the shape of OM.

Omkareshwar Temple Jyotirlinga

Another legend mentioned in the Purans is that once there was a huge war between Devas (Gods) and Danavas (Demons). When the demons were winning, all Gods started praying to the Supreme God, Shiva. On hearing their plea, Mahadev appeared as Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga and saved the Gods.

Omkareshwar Temple in Madhya Pradesh is an ancient temple with beautiful carvings and 60 huge pillars nestled on the riverbank. Visit the temple to seek the blessings of Mahadeva and do visit the Panchmukhi Ganesha and Paravati Shrines also in the same temple for a divine experience. Visiting here during the auspicious occasion of Shivratri is one of the best things to do in India.

Location of Omkareshwar Temple, MP: Mandhata city, Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh

Timings of Omkareshwar Temple, MP: 5:30 AM to 9 PM

Dress Code: Indian Wear Only

Places to Visit Near Omkareshwar Temple, MP:

Ahilya Fort and Ghat, MP
  • Kedareshwar Temple
  • Siddshanath Temple
  • Sri Govinda Bhagavatpaada Cave
  • Ahilya Ghat

Things to Do in Omkareshwar Temple:

  • Offer prayers and participate in religious rituals
  • Do Parikrama on the Island
  • Visit the nearby temples
  • Shop for the religious souvenirs
  • Meditate on the Ahilya Ghat
  • Visit the Adi Shankara's Cave

Ideal Duration to Visit Omkareshwar Temple, MP: 2 to 3 days

Distance of Mahakaleswar Temple and Omkareshwar Temple, MP: 140 KM, 4 Hrs

Other Attractions: Mahakaleshwar Temple

Nearest Domestic Airport to Omkareshwar, MP: Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport in Indore is situated around 2 hours 25 minutes' drive from Omkareshwar

Nearest International Airport to Omkareshwar Temple, MP: Raja Bhoj Airport in Bhopal which is located at a distance of around 265 KM from Omkareshwar

How to Reach Omkareshwar Temple, MP:

Omkareshwar Temple

  • By Air: The nearest airport to Omkareshwar is Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport in Indore, which is well-connected to major cities in India. From the airport, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to Omkareshwar, which is approximately 77 kilometers away.
  • By Train: Omkareshwar Road is the nearest railway station to Omkareshwar Temple, located at a distance of about 12 kilometers. From the railway station, you can hire a taxi or take a local bus to reach the temple.
  • By Road: Omkareshwar is well-connected by road, and there are regular bus services from nearby cities like Indore, Ujjain, and Khandwa. You can also hire a taxi or drive your own vehicle to reach the temple.

Closest Hotels to Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga:

  • Bhawsar Residency & Garden
  • Hotel Manyavar Palace
  • Narmada Hills Resort
  • Crescent Spa And Resorts

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5. Kedarnath in Uttarakhand: Triangular Jyotirlinga Temple Built by Pandavas

Kedarnath in Uttarakhand
Mahadri Parswe Cha Thate Ramantham, Sampoojyamanam Sathatham Muneendrai, Surasurair Yaksha Mahoraghadyai, Kedarameesam Shivameka Meede

Blessed with the scenic beauty of nature, Kedarnath is one of the Chota Char Dham Yatra pilgrimage sites located in Uttarakhand. Also known as the lord of the field or God of Kedar Khand, Kedar Dham is situated amidst the milky snow-covered mountains and grassy meadows. Brimming with charismatic vibes, the temple is among the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. Kedarnath means the Lord of the Kedar Khand or Lord of field. According to the Garuda Purana, visiting the Kedarnath Temple destroys all sins of the devotee. The temple is believed to be built by the Pandavas. According to Skanda Purana, after the Mahabharata war, Pandavas asked Shri Vyas Ji about how they can rid of the sin of killing clan and guru. To this, Vyas Ji said there is only one God, the Supreme Power, Lord Shiva, who can grant you liberations from your sins.

Kedarnath Temple

He said visiting Kedar Dham and living there will make them free of their sins. Pandavas reached Kedar Khand and searched for Shiva who was not happy with them due to the war. They kept chanting Shiva and praying to him until they found a bull standing amidst the mountains that began running. Bheem, one of the Pandavas, ran behind the bull and tried to tug his tail. After that, Shiva, who was there in the form of a bull dug deep into the ground and reappeared in parts. The hump was found in the Kedarnath, the arms in Tunganath, the navel and stomach in Madhyamaheshwar, the face in Rudranath, and the hair and head in Kalpeshwar. In Kedarnath, Shiva is found in a triangular jyotirlinga which is also the first amongst the Panch Kedar built by 5 Pandavas. Devotees visit Kedarnath to seek the blessings of Mahadev and pray for him to destroy their sins and show them the path to Shivpuri. The present temple structure was built by Adi Shankaracharya about 1,200 years ago. Made from rectangular slabs with inscriptions of Pali on the steps, the temple is one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand during summer. Devotees speak their wishes in the ears of the large statue of the Nandi Bull, Shiva’s mount who stands as a guard at the entrance.

Location of Kedarnath Temple: Kedarnath, Uttarakhand 246445

Kedarnath Temple Timings: 4 AM to 9 PM

Is Kedarnath Temple Open Now?: The temple is open to the public only between April and November. The doors of Kedarnath closes on the first day of Kartik (October-November) and opens in Vaisakh (April-May) every year. During the winters, the idols are taken to Ukhimath from Kedarnath for 6 months, which is around 47 KM. It is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India for an ideal escape.

Dress Code: Indian Wear

Places to Visit Near Kedarnath Temple:

Places to visit near Kedarnath Temple
  • Deoriatal
  • Ukhimath
  • Chopta
  • Tungnath
  • Rudraprayag
  • Gopeshwar
  • Rudranath
  • Joshimath
  • Badrinath

Things to Do in Kedarnath Temple:

Things to do near Kedarnath Temple
  • Trek to Kal Bhairav Temple to complete the yatra
  • Visit the Vasuki Tal Lake
  • Visit Triyuginarayan Temple
  • Explore Ukhimath

Ideal Duration to Visit Kedarnath Temple: 3 to 4 days

Other Attractions: Badrinath Temple and Ukhimath

Distance Between Kedarnath and Badrinath Temple: Around 220 KM, 5 Hrs

Distance Between Kedarnath and Ukhimath: Around 47 KM, 2 Hrs

Nearest Domestic Airport to Kedarnath Temple: Jolly Grant Airport near Dehradun, about 239 kms from Kedarnath.

How to Reach Kedarnath Temple, Uttarakhand:

How to Reach Kedarnath Temple
  • By Air: The nearest airport to Kedarnath is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, which is well-connected to major cities in India. From the airport, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Sonprayag or Gaurikund, which are the starting points for the trek to Kedarnath. The distance from the airport to Sonprayag is approximately 220 kilometers.
  • By Train: The nearest major railway station to Kedarnath is Haridwar Railway Station, located about 225 kilometers away. From Haridwar, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Sonprayag or Gaurikund, from where the trek to Kedarnath begins.
  • By Road: Kedarnath is well-connected by road, and you can reach Sonprayag or Gaurikund by taking a bus or hiring a taxi from major cities in Uttarakhand like Haridwar, Rishikesh, or Dehradun.
  • Trek to Kedarnath: From Sonprayag or Gaurikund, the journey to Kedarnath Temple involves a trek of approximately 16 kilometers. Ponies, palanquins (dolis), and helicopter services are available for those who prefer not to trek the entire distance.

Closest Hotels to Kedarnath Temple, Uttarakhand:

  • The Hills Inn
  • Kedar Hill Resort
  • KedaraYatih Resort
  • The Bunker House Cafe & stay
  • New Basera Hotel

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6. Bhimashankar at Pune in Maharashtra: Where Ardhanareshwar Killed Tripurasur

Bhimashankar at Pune in Maharashtra
Yam Dakini Sakinika Samaje, Nishevyamanam Pisithasanaischa, Sadaiva Bheemadhi Pada Prasidham, Tham Shnkaram Bhaktha Hitham Namami

Nestled amidst the mesmerizing beauty of nature, lush green forests and captivating beauty, Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga is one of the best places to visit in Maharashtra. Situated about 125 KM from Pune, Bhimashankar is located in the small village of Bhorgiri in the Ghat region of the Sahyadri Mountains. The temple was built around 13th century and depicts the touch of Maratha Empire, who later renovated the temple and added shikhara (spires). Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj also use to visit here to worship Lord Shiva. According to the Shiva Purana, there was a demon named Tripurasur. He did austerity to please Lord Shiva and asked for a boon to be immortal. Shiva granted him that on a condition that he will help the poor and the needy and follow the path of goodness. He followed that for some time but later he began to harass humans, animals and even Gods. Afterwards, everyone prayed to Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Both of them took the Ardhanareshwar appearance and saved the world by killing Tripurasur.

Bhimashankar Temple Jyotirlinga

Another story which is famous is about another demon named Bhima who was the son of Kumbhakaran. He prayed to lord Brahma and asked for a boon for immense strength to take revenge for his father’s death. He then started harassing devotees of Lord Shiva and one day when he was about to destroy a Shivalinga, Shiva appeared and turned him into ashes to save his devotees. Thus, God manifested himself in a jyotirlinga named Bhimashankara and the devotees who visit here get immense blessings, strength, and protection of Mahadev. Built in Nagra style architecture, the Bhimashankar Temple adorns beautiful scriptures and heavenly vibes attracting countless devotees every year.

Location of Bhimashankar Temple: 50 km North-West of Khed, near Pune, Maharashtra

Timings of Bhimashankar Temple: 4:30 AM to 9:30 PM

Best Time to Visit Bhimashnkar Jyotirlinga: June to August

Dress Code: Indian Wear

Places to Visit Near Bhimashankar Temple:

Places to Visit Near Bhimashankar Temple
  • Hanuman Lake (0 KM)
  • Bhimashankar Trek (3 KM)
  • Ahupe Waterfalls (12 KM)
  • Kondhawale waterfall

Things to Do in Bhimashankar Temple:

Things to Do in Bhimashankar Temple
  • Participate in religious activities
  • Go for trekking
  • Do meditation
  • Explore the wildlife sanctuary

Ideal Duration to Visit Bhimashankar Temple: 1 to 2 days

Other Attractions: Trimbakeshwar Temple, Khandala Lonavala

Distance Between Bhimashankar Temple and Trimbakeshwar Temple: 216 KM

Nearest Airport to Bhimashankar Temple: Pune Airport which is two and a half hours away from the main temple

How to Reach Bhimashankar Temple, Pune:

How to Reach Bhimashankar Temple, Pune
  • By Air: The nearest airport to Bhimashankara Temple is Pune International Airport. From the airport, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Bhimashankar, which is approximately 115 kilometers away. The journey by road takes around 3-4 hours.
  • By Train: The nearest railway station to Bhimashankar is Pune Junction. From Pune, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Bhimashankar. The distance between Pune and Bhimashankar is approximately 110 kilometers, and the journey takes around 3-4 hours by road.
  • By Road: Bhimashankar is well-connected by road, and there are regular bus services from Pune and other nearby cities. You can also drive your own vehicle or hire a taxi to reach Bhimashankar.

Closest Hotels to Bhimashankar Temple, Maharashtra:

  • Blue Mormon Jungle Holiday Resort
  • Karjat Villa
  • SaffronStays Sanvina Farm
  • The Temple View Hotel

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7. Viswanath at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh: Where the Divine Meets the Human

Kashi Temple
Sayanda Mananda Vane Vasantham, Mananda Kandam Hatha Papa Vrundam, Varanasi Nadha Manadha Nadham, Sri Viswanadham Saranam Prapadhye

Earlier known as Kashi, Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in the world. The Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga is located on the western bank of the holy Ganga River. According to the Purans in Hinduism, the Kashi Vishwanath Temple was first built by King Vikramaditya around 2500 years ago. It was demolished by Qutb-ud-din-Aibak in 1194 AD and then by other invaders like Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb, in 1669, who built a mosque on its site. The present temple structure was built by Maratha ruler, Rani Ahilya Bai Holkar, of Indore, in 1777 on the nearby site. The Gyan Vapi Masjid was once the Gyan Vapi Temple as the divine Shivalinga and Nandi are still there. The three domes of temple are gold plated with beautiful architecture and sculptures, giving you a glimpse of our true history, making it one of the best places to visit in Varanasi.


The ancient story of the temple is mentioned in the Shiva Purana. Lord Shiva’s abode is in the Kailash Mountain. But his mother-in-law was not satisfied with that and wanted a settled home for her daughter Parvati. To make Parvati happy, Shiva asked Nikumbha to build a palace suitable for his family in Kashi. Parvati became very happy and distributed Kheer and food to everyone; thus, she is called Annapoorna. Devotees from all over the world visit here to worship Lord Shiva and Parvati. As this is the place where Shiva resides, pilgrims who live or die here attain Moksha and are freed from the cycle of rebirth. The nearby ghats and divine ambiance of Varanasi will soothe your mind and make you understand the concept of life.

Do visit the Sankat Mochan Mahabali Hanuman Temple, which is nearby the main temple where Saint Tulsi Das met Lord Hanuman. Also, soak in the spiritual vibes in the Tulsi Manas Temple where he wrote Ramcharitmanas.

Location of Viswanath Temple: Lahori Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001

Timings of Kashi Viswanath Temple: 6 AM to 6 PM

Best Time to Visit Kashi Viswanath: Between October and March

Dress Code: Indian Wear

Places to Visit Near Kashi Viswanath Temple:

  • Assi Ghat
  • Dashashwamedh Ghat
  • Manikarnika Ghat
  • Kedar Ghat
  • Tulsi Manas Temple
  • Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple

Things to Do in Kashi Viswanath:

Varanasi Arti
  • Explore the Ghats
  • Take a holy bath in Ganges
  • Witness the magnificent sunset
  • Boat Ride on Ganges
  • Watch evening aarti and meditate
  • Take a tour to Sarnath
  • Attend the evening arti on ghats

Ideal Duration to Visit Kashi Viswanath: Two to three days

Distance Between Kashi Vishwanath and Sankat Mochan Mahabali Hanuman Temple: 4 KM, 22 Mins

Distance Between Kashi Vishwanath and Ayodhya: 220 KM, 4 Hrs 30 Mins

Nearest Domestic Airport to Kashi Viswanath Temple: The nearest airport to Kashi Vishwanath Temple is Varanasi (VNS) Airport which is around 22 KM from the main temple

Nearest International Airport to Kashi Vishwanath Temple: Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport which is around 25 KM from main temple

How to Reach Kashi Viswanath:


By Air: If you're traveling from a different city or country, you can fly to Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport in Varanasi. From the airport, you can hire a taxi to the temple.

By Train: Varanasi Junction, also known as Varanasi Cantt, is the main railway station in the city. The distance between the railway station and the temple is around 5 kilometers, and the journey takes approximately 15-20 minutes. From the railway station, you can hire a taxi or take an auto-rickshaw to the temple.

By Road: If you're traveling by road, you can reach Varanasi through various national highways. The city is well-connected to nearby cities and states by a network of roads

Closest Hotels to Kashi Viswanath Temple:

  • Hotel Aadesh Palace
  • Pearl Courtyard
  • Shree Ganesha Palace
  • Hotel Divine Destination
  • Wander Destination

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8. Trimbakeshwar at Nashik in Maharashtra: The Only Jyotirlinga with Three Faces

Trimbakeshwar at Nashik in Maharashtra
Sahyadri Seershe Vimale Vasantham, Godavari Theera Pavithra Dese, Yad Darsanal Pathakamasu Nasam, Prayathi Tham Traimbaka Meesa Meede

Located in Trimbak, which is about 28 Km from Nashik, Maharashtra, Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga is situated amidst scenic mountains and lush greenery.  The temple is situated between Brahmagiri, Nilagiri and Kalagiri hills and nearby the temple, Godavari River flows. Initially, the temple was built by the Pandavas and was later renovated by Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao in the mid-18th century. The divine temple got its name from the three faced Shivalingam- honoring Bhrama, Vishnu and Mahesh (Shiva). The temple also has a well called Amritavarshini and a sacred pond.

Trimbakeshwar Temple Jyotirlinga

The ancient story of Trimbakeshwar is related to Saint Gautama who used to live in Brahmagiri hills along with his wife, Ahalya. He was a devoted saint and was blessed by God with abundant foodgrains and rainfall even during the famine. He used to feed all the saints and locals who used to come to his ashram. Once Indra was jealous of him and sent a cow to his fields who started destroying the crops. The rishi started to stop her, but she did not listen. As he tried to send her out, the cow died. He was in guilt and thus he prayed to Shiva to forgive him and free him from the sins. Pleased by his prayers, the supreme deity appeared and flowed Ganga (now in form of Godavari) into his ashram and liberated him from the sins and he manifested himself here in form of a Jyotirligam.

According to the Purans, those who worship Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga get freed from the sins and get blessings of all three Gods- Bhrama, Vishnu and Mahesh. This is the only Jyotirlinga with the powers of three Gods. The famous Kumbh Mela occurs here once every 12 years, making it one of the best places to visit in Maharashtra.

Location of Trimbakeshwar Temple, Nashik: 3PQ5+W8V, Siwaya-Jamalullapur, Uttar Pradesh 250110

Timings of Trimbakeshwar Temple, Nashik: 4:30 AM to 8 PM

Best Time to Visit Trimbakeshwar Temple, Nashik: Oct to March

Dress Code: Indian Wear

Places to Visit Near Trimbakeshwar Temple, Nashik:

Places to Visit Near Trimbakeshwar Temple
  • Kalaram Temple
  • Pandavleni Caves
  • Ramkund
  • Anjaneri
  • Dugarwadi Waterfall

Things to Do in Trimbakeshwar Temple, Nashik:

Things to do in Trimbakeshwar Temple, Nashik
  • Unwind near the waterfalls
  • Shop for the best souvenirs
  • Meditate amidst the natural beauty
  • Offer the prayers

Ideal Duration to Visit Trimbakeshwar: 2 to 3 days

Other Attractions: Mahabaleshwar, which is 366 Km from here

Nearest International Airport to Trimbakeshwar Temple, Nashik: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai

Nearest Domestic Airport to Trimbakeshwar Temple, Nashik: Gandhinagar Airport in Nashik

How to Reach Trimbakeshwar:

How to Reach Trimbakeshwar

By Air: The nearest airport to Trimbakeshwar is Gandhinagar Airport in Nashik. From the airport, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to Trimbakeshwar, which is located approximately 30 kilometers away. The journey takes around 1 hour.

By Train: The nearest railway station to Trimbakeshwar is Nashik Road Railway Station, which is well-connected to major cities in India. From the railway station, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to Trimbakeshwar. The distance between Nashik Road Railway Station and Trimbakeshwar is about 36 kilometers, and the journey takes around 1 hour.

By Road: Trimbakeshwar is well-connected by road, and you can reach there by bus or private car. Nashik is the nearest major city, and from there, you can take a local bus or hire a taxi to Trimbakeshwar. The distance between Nashik and Trimbakeshwar is approximately 30 kilometers, and the journey takes around 1 hour.

Hotels Near Trimbakeshwar, Nashik:

  • Hotel Krushna Inn
  • Three Leaves Hotel
  • Hotel Himalaya Inn
  • Hotel Shivas Inn
  • FabHotel Sitara Inn

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9. Baidyanath in Deoghar District of Jharkhand: Where Ravana’s Ego was Depleted

Baidyanath in Deoghar District of Jharkhand

Nestled in Deoghar District of Jharkhand, Baidyanath or Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga is one of the most ancient and beautiful temples in India. The temple dates to the Ramayana period in the treta yug. It was renovated from time to time. The last Gupta Emperor also built a pond at Deoghar known as Mansarovar. The temple withstood Muslim invasions and is considered a place of ultimate strength. Along the main temple complex, devotees can visit the other 21 temples of Parvati, Ganesha, Kalabhairav, Hanuman, Ram-Lakshman-Janaki, Ganga, Kali, Annapurna, and Lakshmi-Narayan and more.

Baidyanath Temple

The temple of Goddess Parvati is tied with the main Shiva Temple with red threads and Nandi is standing outside at the door. According to the Shiva Purana, Ravana worshipped Lord Shiva and offered his 10 heads one by one to Shiva. On seeing this, Shiva appeared, and he cured his inured devotee and gave him a boon. As God played the role of a vaid or doctor, hence the name Baidyanath was given to him, meaning the lord of all vaids. Another story says that once Ravana made golden Lanka and as he was about to gift it to Shiva, he felt greedy and asked Shiva to come and live with him in Lanka. Shiva gave him a Shivalinga and agreed to come on the condition that he do not have to keep the Shivalinga on ground till he reaches his destination.

On hearing this, Parvati, the consort of Shiva got worried and asked Ganesha to tackle this. Ganesha took an appearance of a small brahman boy and started walking with him. Varuna, the God of water played his role and entered his stomach and when he was on the urge to relive himself, he asked the small boy to hold the Shivalinga. When he returned, he saw Ganesha had manifested the Shivalinga on land and Ravana had to go alone to his Lanka. This place was Deoghar and the Shivalinga is called Baidyanatha Jyotirlinga. Nearby to this destination, there is a shaktipeeth where the heart of Sati felt. The shravan mela and the shaktipeeth nearby makes this one of the best attractions in India.

Location of Baidyanath Temple, Jharkhand: Shivganga Muhalla, Deoghar, Jharkhand 814112

Timings of Baidyanath Temple, Jharkhand: 10 AM to 8 PM

Best Time to Visit in Baidyanath: July-August during Sawan

Dress Code: Indian Wear

Places to Visit Near Baba Baidyanath Dham:

Places to visit in Baidyanth Dham
  • Jayadurga Shaktipeeth
  • Naulakaha Temple
  • Tapovan Caves
  • Nandan Pahar

Things to Do in Baidyanath Dham:

Things to Do in Baidyanath Dham
  • Participate in religious activities
  • Enjoy in the Shravan Mela
  • Shop for the best souvenirs
  • Visit the nearby shaktipeeth
  • Ideal Duration to Visit Baidyanath, Jharkhand:

Other Attractions: Jayadurga Shaktipeeth, Tapovan, and Shravan Meela

Nearest Airport to Baba Baidyanath Dham, Jharkhand: Deoghar (DGH) Airport which is 5.3 km away

How to Reach Baidyanath in Jharkhand:

How to Reach Baidyanath in Jharkhand

By Train: The nearest railway station to Baidyanath is Jasidih Junction from where you can take a taxi or rickshaw to reach the main temple.

By Bus: The bus stand is located on the outskirts of the city. From the bus stand, you can take a taxi or rickshaw to reach the temple.

By Air: The nearest airport to Baidyanath is Deoghar Airport from where you can take a taxi or rickshaw to Baidyanath

By Road: You can drive your own car or hire a taxi or bus to reach Baidyanath.

Hotels Near Baba Baidyanath Dham, Jharkhand:

  • Geetanjali International
  • Hotel Rajkamal
  • Hotel Padmanane
  • Hotel Rudrakhsa Inn

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10. Nageshwar at Dwarka, Gujrat: Feel the Protection of the Supreme

Nageshwar at Dwarka, Gujrat
Yaamye Sadange Nagare Adhi Ramye, Vibhooshithangam Vividaischa Bhogai, Sad Bhakthi Mukthi Prada Meesa Mekam, Sri Naganatham Saranam Prapadhye

The Nageshwar Jyotirlinga is a prominent pilgrimage site located in Dwarka, Gujarat. It is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, considered sacred abodes of Lord Shiva. Once, there was a demon named Daruka who was wreaking havoc on Earth. The demon had acquired immense power and was causing destruction and suffering to the people. The Devas (celestial beings) and humans sought the help of Lord Shiva to vanquish Daruka. In response to their prayers, Lord Shiva took the form of a Jyotirlinga and appeared in the dense forest of Darukavana. This Jyotirlinga is now known as the Nageshwar Jyotirlinga.

Nageshwar at Dwarka, Gujrat

At the same time, there was a humble devotee named Supriya who lived nearby. Supriya was deeply devoted to Lord Shiva and spent his days and nights chanting and worshiping him. He had unwavering faith in the divine power of Lord Shiva. When the demon Daruka learned about the presence of the Jyotirlinga, he became furious and set out to destroy it. However, Supriya stood guard near the Jyotirlinga, protecting it with his devotion and courage. Despite being physically weak, Supriya's unwavering devotion and faith in Lord Shiva gave him strength. Eventually, Lord Shiva emerged from the Jyotirlinga in his full form and defeated the demon Daruka. Pleased by Supriya's unwavering devotion, Lord Shiva granted him a boon. Supriya requested that anyone who worships Lord Shiva in the form of Nageshwar Jyotirlinga with devotion and sincerity would be free from all fears and sufferings. Since then, the Nageshwar Jyotirlinga in Dwarka has been revered as a sacred site and draws numerous devotees seeking blessings and liberation from worldly troubles.

Location of  Nageshwar Temple, Gujrat: Dwarka, Gujarat 361335

Timings of Nageshwar Temple: 6 AM to 8 PM

Dress Code: Indian Wear

Places to Visit Near Nageshwar Temple in Gujrat:

  • Bet Dwarka
  • Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Mandir
  • Gomti Ghat
  • Sivrajpur Beach
  • Bet Dwarka Beach

Things to Do in Nageshwar Temple:

Things to Do in Nageshwar Temple
  • Offer prayers and indulge in the ancient history
  • Taste local satvik cuisine
  • Shop for the best souvenirs
  • Meditate on Gomti Ghat

Ideal Duration to Visit Nageshwar Temple: 2 to 3 days

Other Attractions: Dwarka Dham

Distance between Dwarka and Nageshwar: 18 KM

Nearest Airport to Nageshwar Temple, Dwarka: Jamnagar Airport

How to Reach Nageshwar Temple, Gujrat:

How to Reach Nageshwar Temple, Gujrat

By Air: The nearest airport to Dwarka is the Jamnagar Airport, which is approximately 137 kilometers away. From the airport, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Dwarka.

By Train: Dwarka has its own railway station called Dwarka Railway Station, which is well-connected to major cities in Gujarat and other parts of India. From the railway station, you can find local transportation like taxis or auto-rickshaws to reach the Nageshwar Temple.

By Road: Dwarka is well-connected by road networks. You can take a bus or hire a taxi from nearby cities like Jamnagar, Rajkot, or Ahmedabad to reach Dwarka. The temple is located around 17 kilometers from Dwarka town, and you can find local transportation options to reach the Nageshwar Temple from there.

Closest Hotels to Nageshwar Temple, Gujrat: The Sky Comfort Hotel Parth Inn, Hotel The Heaven by Sky Stay, Hotel Devkinandan, Hotel Shreedhara

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11. Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu: Where Shri Ram Made Jyotirling with His Hands

Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu
Suthamra Varnee Jala Rasi Yoge, Nibhadhya Sethum Visikhaira Sankyai, Sri Ramachandrna Samarpitham Tham, Ramesamakhyam Niyatham Smarami

Rameshwaram is a very famous jyotirlinga in South India. Located on Pamban Island in Tamil Nadu, Rameshwaram Dham is one of the Char Dhams of India and is a divine place dating back to the Ramayana period. Known for its sacred temple of Lord Shiva, Rameshwaram is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in Hinduism. According to the epic Ramayana, a remarkable event took place when Lord Shri Ram's army constructed a bridge to rescue Goddess Sita. Each stone used in the construction bore the name of Prabhu Shri Ram, and contrary to scientific principles, these stones defied gravity and floated on water. Deeply grateful, Lord Shri Ram created a Sivalingam with his own hands and offered prayers to the Almighty God Shiva, expressing his gratitude and seeking blessings for the impending battle against Ravana, the King of Lanka. When embarking on your Charm Dham ki Yatra, it is highly recommended to visit this sacred site and seek the divine blessings of Lord Shiva.

Rameshwaram Temple in Tamil Nadu

Every year, countless devotees visit this sacred pilgrimage in Tamil Nadu, seeking the divine blessings of the Almighty. Prior to entering the main temple, visitors partake in a purifying bath in the holy waters of Agni Theertham, a sacred sea located in close proximity. The temple's magnificent architecture, intricately carved sculptures, and the prevailing positive energy create an atmosphere that uplifts and purifies the soul. It is widely believed that those who visit the temple and chant the sacred name of Lord Ram attain Moksha, liberation from the cycle of life and death.

Within the temple, two significant lingams hold profound significance. One was crafted by the hands of Lord Shri Ram himself, while the other was brought from Kashi (Varanasi) by the revered Lord Hanuman. In the vicinity of the temple, there are 22 theerthams, bodies of water where devotees seek purification, cleansing themselves of sins and impurities. Additionally, a visit to Ram Setu, a marvelous bridge, is highly recommended. Located approximately 36 kilometers from the main temple, accessible via Dhanushkodi in jeeps, this bridge stands as a remarkable testament to the events described in the ancient epic Ramayana. The stones used in its construction continue to float in the sea, a phenomenon that dates back to the time of the Ramayana.

Location of Rameshwaram Temple in Tamil Nadu: Ramanathapuram District, Tamil Nadu

Timings of Rameshwaram Temple, Tamil Nadu: 5:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 6 PM till 8:45 PM

Best Time to Visit Rameshwaram: October to April

Dress Code: Indian Wear Only

Places to Visit Near Rameshwaram Temple, Tamil Nadu:

Places to Visit Near Rameshwaram Temple
  • AadhiJagannatha Perumal Thirukoil Thirupullani,
  • Dhanushkosdi,
  • Ram Setu,
  • Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Memorial

Things to Do in Rameshwaram Temple, Tamil Nadu:

Pamban Bridge, Tamil Nadu
  • Participate in religious activities
  • Do shiva abhishekam
  • Bath in the holy Tirthams
  • Visit Dhanushkodi
  • Shop for the South Indian souvenirs
  • Enjoy boating in nature's lap in Pamban Bridge

Ideal Duration to Visit Rameshwaram Temple, Tamil Nadu:

Other Attractions: Spatika Linga Darshan at 5:10 AM Daily

Distance Between Rameshwaram Temple and Ram Setu: 36 KM

Nearest Airport to Rameshwaram Temple, Tamil Nadu: Madurai Airport, 177 KM

How to Reach Rameshwaram:

Ram Setu

  • By Air: Located at a distance of around 177 KM, Madurai airport is the nearest airport here. One can hire buses or cabs to reach the main temple.
  • By Train: Rameswaram railway station is just about 1.3 km from Rameshwaram Temple.

Closest Hotels to Rameshwaram Temple:

  • Hotel Divine Rameshwaram
  • Hotel Blue Coral
  • Vinayaga by Poppys – Rameswaram
  • Hotel Hare Rama Hare Krishna

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12. Grishneshwar, Maharashtra: Feel the Grace of Mahadev

Grishneshwar at Ellora near Aurangabad, in Maharashtra
Ilapure Ramya Visalake Asmin, Samullasantham Cha Jagad Varenyam, Vande Maha Dhara Thara Swabhavam, Ghusruneswarakhyam Saranam Prapadhye

Adorned near the Ellora caves in Daulatabad in Maharashtra, Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga is a must visit destination for all the devotees. This is among the 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva and comes last is the list. According to the Shiva Purana and Padma Puarana, there was a Shiva devotee named Kusuma. She used to worship Lord Shiva every day by making shivalinga of mud with her hands and later immersing it in the river. Her husband’s first wife was her sister only. Apparently, she got jealous of Kusum's devotion and killed her son. Even after this, Kusum did not stop praying to the Shankara, who was pleased with her dedication and austerity and gave her son’s life back to her. She asked him to forgive her sister and stay there to protect her family and others. Shiva manifested himself there in the form of the Grishneshwar jyotirlinga.

Shivalinga Puja

Every year millions of devotees visit this place to seek blessings of almighty Shiva. The temple was destroyed by Mughals and was reconstructed by Maratha ruler Shivaji’s grandfather, Maloju Bhisale of Verul, in the 16th century AD. The present structure was built by Queen Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore in the 18th century AD. Made of alluring red stones, the temple has beautiful carvings of Lord Vishnu’s dashavtars on the walls with glories of Shiva inscribed on the pillars with Nandi on the main door.

Location of Grishneshwar Temple: Verul, Maharashtra 431102

Timings of Grishneshwar Temple, Maharashtra: 5:30 AM to 9 PM

Best Time to Visit Grishneshwar: June to September

Dress Code: Indian Wear

Places to Visit Near Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple:

Ellora caves near Grishneshwar
  • Shri Bhadra Maruti Temple
  • Ellora Caves
  • Kailasha Temples
  • Ajanata Caves
  • Goga Baba Hill

Things to Do in Grishneshwar:

Grishneshwar Temple, Verul, Maharashtra
  • Offer prayers to the almighty
  • Soak in the beautiful culture
  • Shop for the religious souvenirs
  • Explore the Ajanta and Ellora Caves

Ideal Duration to Visit Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple: 2 to 3 days

Other Attractions: Shani Shignapur

Distance Between Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple and Shani Shignapur Temple: 103 KM, 2 Hours

Nearest Airport to Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple: Aurangabad Airprot, 30 Km away

How to Reach Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple:

Aurangabad, Verul, Maharashtra

By Air: The nearest airport to Grishneshwar is Aurangabad Airport, which is approximately 30 kilometers away. From the airport, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach the temple.

By Train: The nearest railway station to Grishneshwar is the Aurangabad Railway Station. It is well-connected to major cities in India. From the railway station, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach the temple.

By Road: From Aurangabad: Grishneshwar is located about 30 kilometers from Aurangabad. You can hire a taxi or take a bus from Aurangabad to reach the temple. The journey takes around 1 hour.

Closest Hotels to Grishneshwar Temple:

  • Hotel Kailas
  • Hotel Kanhaiya and Restaurant
  • Ellora Heritage Resort
  • VITS Aurangabad

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Aum Tryambakam yajaamahe sugandhim pushtivardhanam. Urvaarukamiva bandhanaan-mrityormuksheeya maamritaat.

India, also known as the land of God, is blessed with the charisma of Sanatana Dharma. From the Shaktipeeths, ancient sites, majestic temples, to Jyotirlingas, the culture and rich heritage are deeply rooted for a  divine experience. Visit all the Jyotirlingas in India to attain the path of Moksha or salvation and purify your heart and soul. Don't wait anymore, pack your bags today and book the tour packages for a tete-a-tete with the Supreme God.


Q1. How many jyotirlingas are there in India?

There is a total of 12 Jyotirlingas in India. Here is the 12 jyotirlingas in India list with state name:

  • Somnath in Gujarat
  • Mallikarjuna at Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh
  • Mahakaleswar at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh
  • Omkareshwar in Madhya Pradesh
  • Kedarnath in Uttrakhand
  • Bhimashankar at Pune in Maharashtra
  • Viswanath at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh
  • Tryambakeshwar at Nashik in Maharashtra
  • Baidyanath in Deoghar District of Jharkhand
  • Aundha Nagnath at Aundha in Hingoli District in Maharashtra
  • Rameshwar at Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu
  • Grushneshwar at Ellora near Aurangabad, in Maharashtra
Q2. What is the importance of Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga?

While all the other jyotirlingas face east, Mahakal is the only one that faces south. This is due to the belief that the south is the direction of death. Mahakaleshwar is actually worshipped to prevent an early death.

Q3. What is the significance of the Jyotirlingas?

The Jyotirlingas are revered as the embodiment of Lord Shiva's radiant light or jyoti. They are believed to grant spiritual blessings and are considered highly auspicious by devotees.

Q4. Who built the Somnath temple?

According to legends, the original Somnath temple was believed to have been built by the Moon God, Som, and was later reconstructed by various rulers. It holds great historical and spiritual significance. The presrent structure was constructed by Sardar Patel after independence.

Q5. Why is the Kashi Vishwanath Temple significant?

The Kashi Vishwanath Temple is considered one of the most sacred places of worship for Lord Shiva devotees. It holds immense spiritual and cultural significance in Hindu mythology and is believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva in his Vishwanath form, the ruler of the universe.

Q6. What is the historical background of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple?

The original temple is believed to have been built several centuries ago. However, it has faced destruction and reconstruction multiple times due to invasions and conflicts. The current structure was built in the 18th century by the Maratha ruler, Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar.

Q7. How to book for the Bhasama Arti in Mahakaleshwar, Ujjain?

Mahakaleshwar in Ujjain is famous for being one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India and its historical and mythological significance as a sacred pilgrimage site for Lord Shiva devotees. It's morning at 4 Am Bhasma Arti is world famous. Go to the official website of the temple authority to book the tickets in advance.

Q8. Who made the Rameshwaram Jyotirlinga?

Lord Shri Ram made the Rameshwaram jyotirlinga with his own hands before entering Lanka to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva. Pleased by this, Madeva manifested himself here in the form of a shivaling.