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    Shree BhimashankarBhimashankar Jyotirlinga is situated in the north of Pune, on the Sahayadri, by the banks of theriver Bhima. It is from here that the Bhima River flows. It is believed that Lord Shiva was pleased

    by the devotion of a king named Bhimak of the sun Dynasty and is called the Jyotirlinga in theplace. But according to the Shiv Purana the Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga is situated on the MountainBrahmapur, district Kamrup of Assam. Lord Shiva had incarnated so that he could destroy the

    demons and protect his devotees and for the welfare of one and all.

    It is believed that once upon a time in the place called Kamrup a great devotee by the name of KingKamrupeshwar would reside. He would be constantly abandoned in the worship of Shiva. Duringthe same a demon named Bhima emerged and started harassing the people. He had heard many athings about the sublime devotion of Kamrupeshwar. He wanted to kill King Kamrupeshwar. Nosooner he attacked the king absorbed in worship, his sword fell on the linga instead of the king.Instantly Lord Ashutosh appeared and destroyed Bhima along with his army. Seeing this, all wereelated. On the sincere request of the gods and sages he agreed to reside there eternally by the nameof Bhimashankar.

    This temple is closely associated with the legend of Shiva slaying the demon Tripurasura associatedwith the invincible flying citadels Tripuras. Shiva is said to have taken abode in the Bhima form,upon the request of the Gods, on the crest of the Sahyadri hills, and the sweat that poured forth fromhis body after the battle is said to have formed the Bhimarathi river.

    The Temple: The Bhimashankara temple is a composite of old and the new structures and is built inthe Nagara style of architecture. It is a modest temple yet graceful temple and it dates back to mid18th century. The shikhara of the temple was built by Nana Phadnavis. The great Maratha rulerShivaji is also said to have made endowments to this temple to facilitate the carrying out, ofworship services. As with other Shiva temples in this area, the sanctum is at a lower level.

    Although the structure here is fairly new, the shrine Bhimashankaram (and the Bhimarathi river)have been referred to in literature dating back to the 13th century CE. Saint Jnaneshwar is said tohave visited Tryambakeshwar and Bhimashankar.

    Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga

    Grishneshwar is an ancient pilgrimage site revered as the abode of one of the 12 Jyotirlingas ofShiva. It is located at a distance of 11 km from Daulatabad near Aurangabad in Maharashtra.Daulatabad was once known as Devagiri. Located nearby are the popular tourist attractions Ellora -featuring ancient rock cut monuments from the 1st millennnium CE, and Ajanta known for itsexquisite cave paintings again from the 1st millennium CE.

    The Grishneswar temple was constructed by Ahilyabhai Holkar who also re-constructed the KasiViswanatha temple at Benares and the Vishnu Paada temple at Gaya. Grishneshwar is also knownas Ghushmeshwar.

    Legend has it that a devout woman Kusuma offered worship to Shiva regularly by immersing a

    Shivalingam in a tank, as a part of her daily ritual worship. Her husband's first wife, envious of herpiety and standing in society murdered Kusuma's son in cold blood. An aggrieved Ksuma continuedher ritual worship, and when she immersed the Shivalingam again in the tank, her son was
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    miraculously restored to life. Shiva is said to have appeared in front of her and the villagers, andthen on is believed to have been worshipped in the form of a Jyotirlinga Ghusmeshwar.

    Grishneshwar temple timings

    Temple Timings Open 5.30 am - 9.30 pmDuring Shravan (Aug-Sep): 3 am - 11 pm

    Kashi Vishwanath JyotirlingaSHRI VISHWESHWAR NATH

    Where the Varana and Asi rivers join the Ganges, a beautiful city was built there in the ancienttimes. It was named Varanasi. Varanasi, a prime place of pilgrimage, a tribe called kasha used tolive. Therefore, Varanasi was also known as Kashi. Near Kashi, Ganga flows in the shape of a bow.Hence it acquired special importance. A king called Deivodas expanded this area.

    Benares is also considered to be one of the Shakti Peethas of India. It is believed that the left handof Sati fell at Varanasi, and that Annapurna or Visalakshi represent the Shakti Peetham here.

    Apart from these temples, there are five other sacred spots in Benares. The Asi-Ganga sangamam,at Lolarka houses a temple to the Sun God. The rivers Ganga and Varana converge at a spot wherethere is a shrine to Kesava. The Panchaganga Ghat houses a temple to Bindu-Madhava. It is

    believed that five rivers Kirana, Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati and Dhuta-papa converge here. TheDasaswamedha Ghat where it is believed that the ancient kings performed the aswamedha sacrificeten times and took a dip in the Ganga.

    The last of the sacred spots is the Manikarnika Ghat. Legend has it that Vishnu dug a pit with hischakra, and the sweat created during his meditation filled the pit. Shiva shook his head and his

    jeweled earring fell into the pit, hence the name Manikarnika. Tradition has it that those that die atBenares and get cremated at the Manikarnika ghat, get liberated from the cycle of life and death.

    Varanasi is located in Uttarpradesh, in the Gangetic plains

    Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga is situated in Kashi and famous by the name of Shiv VishwanathKashi this holy place is very dear to Lord Shankar. It is said in the scriptures than this place wasforever destroyed when the earth was submerged under water (Pralaya). It is so because Lord Shiva

    holds this place by his Trishul. Those who come and die here attain liberation. It is said that LordShiva gives the Tarak Mantra to the ones who is going to die, here. He resides here and is the giverof liberation and happiness. The one who prays and worships Vishweshwar with devotion attains allhis desires and one who incessantly recites his name attains all siddhis and finally gets liberated .

    In Kashi, in the north, the Durkarkhand with south, Kedar Khand, in the middle, VishweshwarKhand are situated. In this Vishwanath is situated. The original Jyotirlinga of Kashi Vishwanath is anot available. The old temple was destroyed as a result of the mughal invasion and Aurangazeb

    built a mosque in place of it. The ancient idol of Vishweshwar is situated in Jnana-Vapi.

    The new temple was built at a distance from the original one by the Queen of Indore Queen

    Ahilyabai. Other than this Shri Karpati constructed a new temple near the Ganges. One can stand abit far from the place and worship Lord Vishweshwar.

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    Kedarnath Jyotirlinga

    Kedarnath Jyotirlinga is one of the best known Shivastalams in India and is considered to be one ofthe most sacred pilgrimage centers of the country, located in the lofty Himalayas. It is revered asone of the 12 Jyotirlingams - the Northern most one, while the Southernmost one is Rameswaram.The spiritual leader Adi Sankaracharya is closely associated with Kedarnath. Kedarnath is a shrine

    steeped in antiquity, rich in legend and religious significance.

    Four Himalayan shrines dedicated to Shiva have been glorified by the Tamil Tevaram Hymnscomposed by the Nayanmars of the 1st millennium CE. These shrines are Indraneela Parvatam in

    Nepal, Gowrikund, Kedarnath and Mount Kailash in Tibet. Although none of the Nayanmarsvisited Kedarnath, Sambandar sang its praises from Kalahasti. The Tamil hymns of the Nayanmarsrefer to Kedarnath as Tirukkedaram.

    The Temple: Located in the Himalayas at a height of 12000 feet in awe inspiring surroundings, thissmall shrine is accessible by foot, only 6 months a year. The temple at Kedarnath enshrining theJyotirlingam of Shiva opens only when the sun enters the zodiac sign of Aries and it is closed when

    the sun enters Scorpio. The priests then go to Ukhimath, where the worship of Kedareshwara iscontinued during the winter season.

    Kedarnath is located on a ridge which juts out at right angles from below the 23000 feet high snowypeak of Mahapanth. Kedarnath is located on the Rudra Himalaya range.

    The Rudra Himalaya range is also known as the Pancha Parvata; its five peaks are Rudra Himalaya,Vishnupuri, Bhramapuri, Udgari-Kanth and Swargarohini. It is believed that four of the Pandavasdied on the last of these peaks.

    Legend has it that Parvati worshipped Kedareshwar to unite with Shiva as Ardhanareeswarar.Kedara Munivar is also said to have established this shrine visited by the Pancha Pandavas.

    Legend also has it that Nara and Narayana - two incarnations of Vishnu practised severe penancesat Badrikashramam, in front of a Shivalingam fashioned out of earth. When Shiva appeared in frontof them, they requested him to take up a permanent abode as a Jyotirlingam at Kedarnath.

    Legend also has it that the Pandava princes were advised to visit Kedarnath after the greatKurukshetra battle. Shiva upon seeing the Pandavas, assumed the form of a male buaffalo andentered the earth. It is believed that the rear of its body remained here, as Kedareshwar. The front

    part is believed to be in Nepal. This legend says that when Shiva entered the ground, he became

    five fold - his hind remained at Kedar, his arms Tunganatha, his face Rudranatha, his bellyMadhyameswara and his Jata Kalpeswara. These five shrines together as known as the PanchaKedara.
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