10, 11, 12 Jyotirling: Trimbakeshwar, Nageshwar, and Rameshwaram

Shri Trimbakeshwar in Nashik

Trimbakeshwar Temple
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This jyotirling has many visiting places around — like Panchavati, place from where Ravana kidnapped Sita; Brahmagiri Parvat, and river Godavari. Time to time, famous Kumbha Mela is also celebrated here. It is said, Goutam Rishi did tapasya here, as a result, Godavari orginated from the Parvat. On request of Rishi and River, lord Shiva decided to live there, and known as Trimbakeshwar.

This temple has three Lingas, which respresent, lord Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. It is said, women should not see the whole Lingas, but they can see their Mukuts.

Shri Nageshwar in Gujarat

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9 of 12 Jyotirling: Shri Ghushmeshwar in Rajasthan

You may wonder in Ghushmeshwar, “Gushma”  is the name of a woman, who was devoted to lord Shiva. She was the second wife to a man, called Sudharma.

Crying Mother
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The story goes like this: Sudharma was married to Sudeha; years passed but they could not enjoy any children.

Second Marriage
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So Sudeha asked her husband Sudharma to marry her sister, Gushma; he agreed. Later on with Ghshma, Sudharma had a baby — the family enjoyed the moment, and happily involved in brought up.

100 Shivalingas
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Gushma was great Shiva bhakta, everyday she used to worship one hundred and one  Shivlingas. Years passed, and she enjoyed the mode of her worship without any desire. As mind  rotates among Sattva, Tamas and Rajas — her sister, Sudeha felt jealous of her; and over years, energy of jealousness kept piling up. When Gushma’s son got married, Sudeha thought to end his life. Continue reading “9 of 12 Jyotirling: Shri Ghushmeshwar in Rajasthan”