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Dwadasa Jyotirlingas
Introduction Kedarnath
Kasi Dwaraka
Ujjain Omkareswar
Somanath Nasik
Aurangabad Sahyadri
Parli Srisailam
Major Sections
Temples Of India
Lord Siva To Be Adored The Devalayas Of Karnataka
Palani Dhandhayudhapani The Kovils Of Kerala
The Temples of North-West India Temples For The Triple Sects
Mata Kanakadurga of Vijayawada The Legend Of Mata Kanyaka Parameswari
The Temples Of North-East India Mantralya Mahakshetra
The Aalayas of Andhra Pradesh The Mandirs Of Maharastra
Mighty Atoms For Tiny Tots Lord Siva Of Sri Kalahasthi
Bhagawan Vithoba Of Pandharpur Bizarre Beliefs And Odd Traditions
Asoka Priyadarsin The Mother Of Melmaruvathur And Her Miracles
Vishnu Mayam Jagat Sarvam Sakti Mayam
The Temples Of Tamilnadu Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol I

Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol II

Hullo Tirupathi !
Uthuthshta Govinda Cum Jo Jo Mukunda The Miracles Of Gods For The Debacles Of Humans
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Over and above these holy Ashtamurtikshetras, there are twelve Saivakshetras equally famous and immensely popular, and they are called Dwadasa Jyotirlinga kshetras. By virtue of several unique features connected either with their origin, or installation by men of superior eminence, gained by devotion or super human powers, they have been luring devout bhaktas since their emergence, dating back to the Vedic times. All of them are Swayambhu lingas -- self manifested ones only. But materialized and offered to the devout people by Bhagavan Maheswar Himself at their earnest appeal, consequent on being freed by the formidable demonic forces subjecting them to untold hardships. And remain unaffected by the Pralayas. Sivapurana embodies exhaustive accounts, envisaging the cause for their emergence, salient features and miracles produced by the august divinities on occasion more than once at these places. There is a belief current that one rids himself of the evil influences of Satanic forces by visiting and worshipping at these holy places. Though some of them are located in inaccessible places through out the year, and their doors are kept open only for a few months in the year, the influx of the theists and their anxiety to avail the darsan eludes description. Braving the vagaries of weather, traveling in all sorts of vehicles, and trekking scores of miles in the icy regions to reach the sannidhis by both old and young reflect the glory of the kshetras and man's yearing for Bhagavaddarsan. The ordeals of Kedarnath Kshetra yatra can be singled out as an outstanding example for the point in question.


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