Jyotirlinga, Jyotirliṅga, Jyotis-linga: 1 definition

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Jyotirliṅga (ज्योतिर्लिङ्ग) refers to a type of Liṅgas, according to the Śivapurāṇa 1.22 while explaining the importance of the partaking of the Naivedya of Śiva:—“[...] with regard to the following phallic images viz:—[...] Jyotirliṅgas [...], the partaking of the Naivedya of Śiva is on a par with the rite of Cāndrāyaṇa. Even the slayer of a brahmin if he partakes of the remains of the food offered to the God quells all his sins immediately [...]”.

Jyotirliṅgas are twelve in number:

  1. Somanātha (at Somanath Pattan, Gujarat),
  2. Mallikārjuna or Śrīśaila (on a mountain near the river Kṛṣṇā),
  3. Mahākāla, Mahākāleśvara (at Ujjain),
  4. Oṃkāra Māndhātā on the Narmadā,
  5. Amareśvara (at Ujjain),
  6. Vaidyanātha also called Nāganātha (at Deogarh Bengal),
  7. Rāmeśa or Rāmeśvara (on the island of Rameśvara),
  8. Bhīma Śaṅkara (in the Rājamundry district),
  9. Viśveśvara at Benares,
  10. on the banks of the Gomatī,
  11. Gautameśa, also called Vāmeśvara (not located),
  12. Kedārnatha in the Himalayas.
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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