Jyotirlinga, Jyotirliṅga, Jyotis-linga: 1 definition
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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)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:
- Somanātha (at Somanath Pattan, Gujarat),
- Mallikārjuna or Śrīśaila (on a mountain near the river Kṛṣṇā),
- Mahākāla, Mahākāleśvara (at Ujjain),
- Oṃkāra Māndhātā on the Narmadā,
- Amareśvara (at Ujjain),
- Vaidyanātha also called Nāganātha (at Deogarh Bengal),
- Rāmeśa or Rāmeśvara (on the island of Rameśvara),
- Bhīma Śaṅkara (in the Rājamundry district),
- Viśveśvara at Benares,
- on the banks of the Gomatī,
- Gautameśa, also called Vāmeśvara (not located),
- Kedārnatha in the Himalayas.
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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Full-text (+8): Mallikarjuna, Ujjayini, Vaidyanatha, Naganatha, Gautamesha, Vishveshvara, Amareshvara, Vameshvara, Mahakaleshvara, Rameshvara, Somanatha, Bhimashankara, Omkara, Shrishaila, Kedaranatha, Ramesha, Omkareshvara, Yoshi, Mahakala, Kashi.
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The Shiva Purana (by J. L. Shastri)
Chapter 42 - The Twelve Jyotirliṅga incarnations < [Section 3 - Śatarudra-saṃhitā]
Chapter 1 - The greatness of Jyotirliṅgas and their Upaliṅgas < [Section 4 - Koṭirudra-Saṃhitā]
Chapter 16 - The greatness of the Jyotirliṅga Mahākāla < [Section 4 - Koṭirudra-Saṃhitā]
The Skanda Purana (by G. V. Tagare)
Chapter 48 - The Description of Somanātha < [Section 2 - Kaumārikā-khaṇḍa]
Chapter 2 - A List of Different Sacred Places of Śiva on the Earth < [Section 3b - Arunācala-khaṇḍa (Uttarārdha)]
Chapter 7 - Worship of the Liṅga < [Section 1 - Kedāra-khaṇḍa]
Chaitanya's Life and Teachings (by Krishna-das Kaviraj)
The Brahmanda Purana (by G.V. Tagare)
Chapter 13 - Enumeration of holy spots (tīrtha) for Śrāddha < [Section 3 - Upodghāta-pāda]
Preceptors of Advaita (by T. M. P. Mahadevan)