Meaning of Jyotirlinga?

Jyotirlingam in Sanskrit means the pillar of light. It signifies places where Lord Shiva is worshipped. There are twelve (12) Jyotirlingams in India. These are considered to be very scared and powerful places of worship. We have stated details about each of these twelve Jyotirlingam in detail. Lord Shiva is the god of strength. He is believed to have powers to heal anything.

What is the Dwadasha Jyotirlinga temple

The meaning of Dwadasha is 12 and Dwadasha Jyotirlinga means 12 Jyotirlinga.

The Dwadasha Jyotirlinga temple is located at Omkar temple in Bangalore in Karnataka where all 12 Jyotirlingas is formed and worshipped.

The Sri Dwadasha (12) Jyotirlinga Devasthana is a unique, and one of the most magnificent temples in Karnataka.

This temple was founded by Brahmaleena Sadguru Sri Shivapuri Mahaswamiji with the intention of providing an opportunity to each and every devotee for Jyotirlinga darshan, which otherwise requires health, wealth and time since the original Jyotirlingas are in different parts of our vast country. It also serves the purpose of propagating awareness and the significance and uniqueness of these twelve Jyotirlingas to the younger generation.

The Vimana Gopurams of Sri Shaila Mallikarjuna (Srisailam is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga in Andhra Pradesh) and Sri Rameshwara (Rameshwaram is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga in Tamil Nadu) which are in Southern part of India and hence the Southern style, and the Vimana Gopurams of the remaining Ten Jyotirlingas which are in North India are in the Northern Style. Hence, this temple is a harmony of South Indian and North Indian Sculptures.

The height of the Vimana Gopuram of the main Jyotirlinga, Sri Omkareshwara (Omkareshwar is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga in Madhya Pradesh) is around 100 Feet from the ground level and is the highest among all the Vimana Gopurams.

The below is the pic of 12 Jyotirlingas


In this temple, the Twelve Representative Jyotirlingas of the original Pauranik Twelve Jyotirlingas, which are in different parts of our country are under one roof, each with an individual Garbhagriha and Vimanagopuram.

The construction of this temple was started in 2002 by Sri Shivapuri Mahaswamiji, and it continued for many years. However before he could complete this divine task, he attained Samadhi, (left his Mortal coil) in 2007. Later his Sannyasin disciple, Sri Madhusudhanananda Puri Swamiji became his successor, (The Peetadhipathi of Omkara Ashrama Mahasamsthana), and continued the temple work.

The Pranaprathishta of the 12 Jyotirlingas and Mahakumbhabhishekam of the Temple was done by Sri Swami Madhusudhanananda Puri on the Auspicious day of Wednesday, 16th February 2011, in the divine presence of many Saints, Holy men, Purohits etc., With elaborate rituals, Japas, Homas and Poojas, the temple was dedicated.


How These Twelve 12 Jyotirlingas are formed

  1. All the 12 Jyotirlingas are Narmadeshwara Lingas (also known as Baana Lingas), and are made from the Stones of the River Narmada, which is very auspicious for Shivalinga.
  2. Below each and every Jyotirlinga, 1000 Small Narmadeshwara Lingas measuring around 1 inch in length are placed. But beneath the Sri Omkareshwara linga, 2000 Small Narmada Lingas are placed.

So in total, the temple consists of visible 12 main Jyotirlingas and 13000 (thirteen thousand) invisible Narmadeshwara Lingas.

  1. Beneath each and every Jyotirlinga, Saligramas, many Rare Herbs, precious Stones (Navarathna), Metals, Grains, a good quantity of Mercury and Specially worshipped Yantras are also placed along with Small Narmadeshwara Lingas.


  1. Daily Rudrabhisheka and Pooja will be performed to all the Jyotirlingas and varieties of sevas are also performed to the lord. And on all the festivals, special poojas, homas etc, will also be performed.
  2. Pradosha Pooja, Sankashtahara Ganapathi Pooja are done regularly.

So if you are willing to take Darshan of 12 Jyotirlingas (Dwadasha Jyotirlinga) then you can visit Omkar hills at Bangalore in Karnataka and you will be able to take darshan of following shivlingas.

some pics of the Dwadash Jyotirling temple