B. Ancient Pilgrim Centers
: In this category we place the twelve
Jyotirlingas, Five Panchamahabhuta Shivlinga Temple,
and Bhagwan Pashupatinath Temple at Kathmandu in
(1) Twelve Jyotirlingas : These are the
twelve ancient pilgrimage centers reference of which
is found in the Shiv Purana. They are called jyotirlingas
because Lord Shiva is said to have revealed himself
to his devotees in the form of Jyoti light.
Even today devotees are said to have got his darshan
in the form of jyoti at these places. These twelve
jyotirlingas are :
Temple of Lord Kedarnath is situated on the banks
of River Mandakini which is on the west side of
Kedar mountain in Himalayas. This place is reached
by road via Rishikesh, from where it is more than
200 kms. The last phase is completed by a steep
walk of about 3-4 hours.
Temple of Lord Viswanath is situated in Varanasi.
While it is a highly revered place some Muslim rulers
had destroyed & desecrated it, and built a mosque
next ot it. The place has been renovated by later
Temple of Lord Somnath is situated near the
town of Veraval in Western part of Gujarat. Veraval
is reached from Rajkot. The present Temple is a
great imposing structure and is situated just on
the sea shore.
Temple of Bhagwan Mahakal is situated in the town
of Ujjain. Ujjain is near Indore, and is reached
by train via Ratlam or Bhopal.
5.Omkareshwar: The Temple of Lord Omkareshwar is situated on the
banks of River Narmada, in between Indore &
Khandwa. The temple is situated on an island, which
is encircled by the Narmada River.
The consecration of the temple of Lord Rameshwar
was done by none other than Lord Rama himself, and
thus this name. It is situated in a large island
surrounded by sea in the southern side of India.
It is approached from Madurai, which by itself is
well connected by all means of transportation.
The temple of Lord Mallikarjuna is situated in the
state of Andhra Pradesh. The temple is situated
in the town of Srisailam on the banks of River Patalganga
Krishna. Srisailam mountain is looked upon reverentially
as the Kailash of South.
Lord Trayambakeshwar resides in a beautiful locale
about 20 kms from the city of Nashik. It is a well
connected place and can also be reached from Bombay
in about 4-5 hours.
Temple of Lord Bhimashankar is situated in a Forest
Reserve about 3 hours drive from Pune. The place
is hilly with beautiful greenery all around.
Temple of Lord Nageshwar is situated in Gujarat,
and is about 12 kms on way from Gomti-Dwarka to
11.Baijnath: The Temple of Lord Baijnath is situated in Bihar.
On the rail route from Patna to Kolkata is a place
called Kiul. About 100 kms south-east of this place
is Devghar where this ancient Temple is situated.
12.Grishneshwar: The Temple of Lord Grishneshwar
is situated just adjacent to the famous Ellora Caves.