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”

8 of 12 Jyotirling: Bhimashankar in Maharashtra

Bhimashankar Temple
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This temple is in Maharashtra on Sahyadri Parvat; Bhima river also originates from here. How was it named Bhimashankar? It has interesting story behind it.

Lord Shiva is kind of God that feels happy even if you worship other God or Goddess; even if you just worship your guru, He will feel happy. It is something like, in anyway, directly or indirectly, knowingly or unknowingly, you just worship lord Shiva.

What happened with a king named Bhimak, of Aavadh; he was just doing his Tapasya. Lord Shiva knew this, who was taking rest nearby after killing demon, Tripurasur. So He gave darshan to Bhimak and fulfilled his wishes. Since that time, this temple is known as Bhimashankar Jyotirling. The word “Bhimashankar” has two names in it — Bhima for king Bhimak, and Shankar for lord Shiva.