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DWADASH JYOTIRLINGA PART ONE
A Jyotirlinga is a shrine where Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of a Jyotirlingam or "Lingam of light." There are twelve traditional Jyotirlinga shrines in India.

The names and the locations of the 12 Jyotirlingas are mentioned in the Shiva Purana (Śatarudra Saṁhitā, Ch.42/2-4). These shrines are:

• Somnath is the foremost of the twelve Jyotirlinga Shrines of Shiva. It is held in reverence throughout India and is rich in legend, tradition, and history. It is located at Prabhas Patan in Saurashtra in Gujarat.
• Mallikārjuna, also called Śrīśaila, is the name of the pillar located on a mountain on the river Krishna. Srisailam, near Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh enshrines Mallikarjuna in an ancient temple that is architecturally and sculpturally rich.
• Mahakal, Ujjain (or Avanti) in Madhya Pradesh is home to the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple. The Lingam at Mahakal is believed to be Swayambhu, the only one of the 12 Jyotirlingams to be so. It is also the only one facing south.
• Omkareshwar in Madhya Pradesh on an island in the Narmada River is home to a Jyotirlinga shrine and the Amareshwar temple.
• Kedarnath in Uttarakhand is the northernmost of the Jyotirlingas. Kedarnath, nestled in the snow-clad Himalayas, is an ancient shrine, rich in legend and tradition. It is accessible only by foot, and only for six months a year.
• Bhimashankar, in the Sahyadri range of Maharashtra, contains a Jyotirlinga shrine associated with Shiva destroying the demon Tripurasura.
• Varanasi (Benares) in Uttar Pradesh is home to the Vishwanath Jyotirling temple.
• Trimbakeshwar, near Nasik in Maharashtra, has a Jyotirlinga shrine associated with the origin of the Godavari River.
• Baidyanathdham in Deoghar, Jharkhand Vaidyanath Temple, also called Vaijnath Temple and Baidyanth Temple is located at Deogarh in the Santal Parganas region of Jharkhand in the south west of Keeul Station.
• Nageshwar Temple, Dwarka in Gujarat is home to the Nageshwar Jyotirlinga temple.
• Rameswaram in Tamilnadu is home to the vast Ramalingeswarar Jyotirlinga temple and is revered as the southernmost of the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of India. It enshrines the Rameśvara ("Lord of Rama") pillar.
• Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga shrine, in Aurangabad Maharashtra, is located near the rock-cut temples of Ellora.

There are, however, some debates and disputes regarding the exact location of at least three of the above Jyotirlinga.

In case of Baidyanathdham… some people contend that the actual Baidyanathdham is in Parli, Maharashtra. Some others contend that it is in the Kangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh. Majority however contends that it is either in Maharashtra or Jharkhand.

In case of Nagnath… some people contend that actual Nagnath is near Almora in Uttaranchal. Some others however contend that it is actually in Oundha, Maharashtra. And in the case of Nagnath, there is not much coincidence of opinion.

Then in the case of Bhimashankar… some people consider that it is actually in Kashipur, Uttaranchal… some other say it is near Guwahati, Assam.

Much of these debates arise due to selfless pursuit of a woman called Rani Ahilya Bai.During her reign… She did something great for Hindu Religion… she not only renovated a lot of temples across the length and breadth of the country but also found out the exact locations of many of them… that were lost or forgotten due to hundreds of year of Muslim rule in India. The Jyotirlingas in Bhimashankar, Aurangabad, Parli and Oundha are results of these searches.

So if somebody wants to visit all the twelve Jyotirlingas… then to be on the safer side he must visit 19 different places.

DWADASH JYOTIRLINGA PART TWO
So lets say if I were to visit all the Jyotirlingas in one go… wouldn’t it be a journey of lifetime… crisscrossing the entire length and breadth of India. From Dwarka to Guwahati and from Kangra to Rameshwaram.

In the past, I have visited quite a few of them… the first one was in Almora… when I hardly knew about the concept of 12 sacred places. I was mesmerized by the enchanting beauty of the place… driving from Almora to a place called Aratola… and then walking along the river Banganga and reaching this place… and then after seeing this place walking uphill to a village of Jhakarsem, where I saw a sacrifice ceremony in a Devi Temple. It was one of those experience… one wouldn’t ever forget, come whatever. The visit to this sacred place was, however, accidental.

I had briefly visited the temple at Kashipur too… again without any intent of making it to a Jyotirlinga. I did not find the place particularly spiritual. I doubt if it is the actual Bhimashankar. Any Jyotirlinga, I believe, will give me a spiritual experience that will be surreal and ethereal. Kashipur didn’t give me those vibes.

And then Somnath happened… tucked away in a remote corner of Gujarat has been one of the most powerful experiences I have ever had. So much so… that it turned me from uncaring atheist to a caring theist. No wonder that, Somnath is often referred as the most important Jyotirlinga of all.

And soon after the Somnath experience, I made it a point to visit another Jyotirlinga nearby… one that of Dwarka Nagnath. I would not rate the experience of Dwarka anywhere close to that of Somnath… yet Dwarka, being one of the most holy places in Hinduism, holds a charm of its own. It is a package kind of experience… where you not only see a Jyotirlinga but also a one of the four important Muths of Hinduism and a lot of other temples, too.

It was only after these experiences that I started trying to see the Jyotirlinga and started making efforts. I went to Nashik to see the shrine of Trimbakeshwar. Nashik is one of the most magical places in India. I visited it is midst of monsoon that multiplies the beauty of the place manifolds… the entire place is scattered with temples… beautiful sights… reminding of the God that created us. Walking along the misty roads… seeing faith and humanity in a wonderful interplay. It was a beautiful experience… An year ago, I saw a movie called Strings… starring Kabir Bedi’s son and Sandhya Mridul… the movie is passable, but the camera work is good… it has captured the beauty of the place, wonderfully well. Go see it, albeit for the good camera work and boisterous and confident Sandhya, who does a good acting in this film.

The next was Bhimashankar… it was another monsoon-y day in Pune, where I was staying with a friend of mine, his wife had visited Bhimashankar as a part of trek group from Karjat… and suddenly I decided to make it to Bhimashankar… I took a bus to the place… and reached there in the evening… I stayed in one of the shittiest hotel in my life and early morning at 4 am took a bath with coldest possible water and went to the temple. The temple is good, yet no spiritual experience… I wondered if this is the place… after a while I decided to do the trek to Karjat… while going down, I saw some strange looking caves just below a hill top… after a difficult trek, I reached there and then reached the summit called Nagphani Point… it was raining badly… the trek was slippery and some stretches wasn’t even there… and yet I braved it all. From Nagphani Point one can see one of the most beautiful panoramas of the surrounding… I hadn’t seen a better view that that, view from Harishchandragad also in Western Ghats comes close. While coming down, I forgot the way down and where ever I went I met dead ends… “So here comes the last breaths of my life”- I thought… and lo from behind the bushes came out a hermit saying Om Namah Shivay… and then he guided me to a trail that went downwards… and then when I wanted to thank him… he was gone, just vanished… was it divine!!!

The next was Grishneshwar in Aurangabad… beside the beautiful temples of Ellora. Aurangabad is one of the most beautiful and serene places I have seen till date. The experience was, however, not very over-powering.

And then came the last… Rameshwaram… my father tells me that I have been to Rameshwaram once before… I, though, have very fleeting memories of the place… one thing I remember was the calm sea that Rameshwaram had. I walked for more than 200 metres, just wading… and yet the sea was only chest deep for a 12 year old kid. As if sea is playing the role of a doting father for me. When I came to Rameshwaram this time… I just loved the place. The temple is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen… and tucked somewhere inside the temple is a small temple of Jyotirlinga. I just stood there watching the Linga. It was a dream come true.

6 Shrine covered… Almora and Dwarka represent one Shrine, similarly, Kashipur and Bhimashankar represent one. This makes 6 more to be covered.

First let’s make some simplifications so as to make my life easier… let’s assume that even if I visit one shrine among the debated ones… I actually visit the shrine. Thus if I visit one of the Nagnath, say in Dwarka… then I visit all the Nagnath… after all what is faith but a metaphysical communion between me and my Lord. So let us choose only 12 places to be visited…

Among the debated shrines I choose… Baidyanath Dham in Jharkhand, Aundha Nagnath (Parli Baidyanath is very close by… so will visit it, nevertheless) and Bhimashankar as my expression of faith.

And now I can start working on the travel plans of visiting these places in one go…

However more than visiting the places… I am excited about the plethora of experiences I will have while I try to travel all these places in one go. The people I will meet… the difference socio-cultural settings I will see… in a matter of say only 20 odd days. Isn’t it amazing.

DWADASH JYOTIRLINGA PART THREE
So now that I have decided the points to be visited… what would be my route like…

I will work with two basic parameters… One, my first choice of traveling will be Indian railways- why? As I have always maintained… there is no better way of traveling in India than Indian Railways, it introduces to India and its regions as no other mode of transport will ever be able to introduce. Two, I would like to make a circuit rather than choosing to return to a junction place twice. (However, there might be some variations… as one will see when I discuss the entire plan)

I will of course start from my hometown… and proceed to Varanasi, where I will see the Shrine of Baba Vishwanath… Varanasi is a profound city… it needs more than a week to visit and see… and yet I will be there for just a day or two. This time only to see Baba Vishwanath and may be SankatMochan Temple… However, I have a plan of spending at least a week in Varanasi… discovering its splendor.

I have been told that there is a train connecting Varanasi and Baidyanath Dham… if it is true; I will proceed to the Dham straight away from there… a day over there, and then proceeding to Kolkata, via may be Bhagalpur. Will spend a day in Kolkata before taking a train to Chennai and then a bus to Rameshwaram (I wonder if the broad gauge conversion of Rameshwaram train line is over or not… if it is over then I may take a train to Rameshwaram as well).

I would then come over to Madurai, stay for a day over there…, and then take a train to Guntakal Junction… from where making it to Srisailam, via Kurnool will be an easy task. Then from there I will proceed to Hyderabad. Staying in Hyderabad for a day… and then proceeding to may be Latur… somewhere between the triangle of Latur, Parbhani and Nanded are the shrines of Parli Baidyanath and Aundha Nagnath. Doing them in a two-day period and then proceeding to Aurangabad.

I have been to Aurangabad, once before and visited most of the sites around. This time I will visit Ghrishneshwar and Daulatabad fort. A two-day period is enough for this, I think. And from Aurangabad, I can come over to Nashik via Manmad. In Nashik, I will see the shrine of Trimbakeshwar and so many other sites… in fact I rate Nashik highly on the places to be experienced once in a lifetime.

From Nashik I can come down to the Mumbai Suburban Train system… and reach Karjat… from where I can trek my way to Bhimashankar and then from atop take a bus to Pune. A day in Pune to rest and then proceed to Mumbai… another day of rest over there… and then to Ahemdabad. From Ahemdabad, I can proceed via bus to Somnath. Then take another bus to reach Dwarka to see the town of Dwarka and Dwarka Nagnath. (I did not plan to visit it but coming so close and not seeing it does not make a sense to me). After this, I reach Vadodara, from where I can take a train to Ujjain.

In Ujjain, I can visit the shrine of Mahakaleshwar…, then proceed to Omkareshwar via bus, and visit this shrine… as I am near to Maheshwar… I will go and visit this place as well… because I have seen photographs of this place and its beauty enchanted me. From this place, I would then proceed to Bhopal. Then come down to Delhi.

From Delhi… I can come down to Kashipur by train and then to Almora by Bus. And in between, I can see the shrines of Dakini Bhimashankar and Almora Nagnath. And thereafter I proceed to do a trek towards Kedarnath (whether I will be able to do it or not… will depend on whether it is open or not… it opens somewhere in the last of March or early April, so if I start my tour in Early March then I might be able to do the Kedarnath)

This according to my rough estimates will take about 30-35 days. Would like to compress it even further… lets see, how it works out. In this pursuit I will visit all but Guwahati's Bhimashankar and Baidyanath of Kangra Valley.

And before I close this blog... while researching more about Jyotirlingas... I came up with the information, that there are few other places that are believed to be the real Jyotirlinga

1. Shivalaya,Shiwar/Shiwad/Shivad,Rajasthan... that is believed to be the real Ghrishneshwar
2. Dabhai/Dakhoi/Dabhoi -Gujarat... which is beleived to real Baidyanath
3. Jarmundi,Jharkhand...which is believed to be the real Nagnath
4. ThiruNageswaram,Kumbakonam,Tam il Nadu... which is believed to be real Nagnath.
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Is there a prescribed or traditional route for all 12 in some order. Do any tour companies offer it as a pilgrimage? Is there a map somewhere that shows all 12?
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Pranavganesh,
You make a rare presence on IM with good write-ups and this one is no exception.

I have been to 10 out of 12 jyotirlingas few years back not because I had planned that way but it happened as part of my treks (Kedarnath, Bhimashankar) and family trips to touristry places close to Jyotirlingas.

One of the two night treks I had undertaken was to Bhimashankar in Feb'95 via Karjat-Khnadas-Ganesh Ghat route. We started from Khandas at 11.00 p.m. and reached Bhimashanker at 3.30 a.m. The return day trek was via Shidi (steps) Ghat.

In your itinerary for Dwadash Jyotirlingas, I would suggest you to make a visit to Jageshwar also when visiting Almora. This temple is stated to be one of the 12 Jyitirlingas. See picture at
http://www.indiamike.com/photopost/s...ser/20752/sl/s

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Pranavganesh,
Amazing write-up. I have done only half of the 12 Jyotirlinga's, interestingly this is the first time I have read in these details. THANK YOU.
As suggested by Sadanandji - I found Jageshwar to be really exciting and then there is Bura Jageshwar as well pretty close - if you get a chance do visit that - a small trek but worth it. Also, while in Jageshwar try speaking to its Devi temples priest. I forgot his name, but a very interesting and learned person. His version of the temple and why it should be in 12 Jyotirlinga's is very interesting.
While in Somnath - do not miss the light and sound show, it's worth the wait (happens only in the evening just before the temple closes).
Omkareshwar - definitely do the boat ride.
Rameshwaram - for me the best piece was the early morning pooja where they show the linga made of mani. Highly spiritual.

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Eastern Mind- I really do not know if there is any prescribed format or route to travel... and given the expanse of the 12 jyotirlinga... there shouldn't be any prescribed route... Don't know if any travel company offers such a package... its a Bharat Darshan in a way!!!

Sadanandji- I know I have been very very rare of late!!! Partly because have been out of India for now 3 years... have written a number of travelogues about Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Israel and now Afghanistan... my website is ponderingvagabond.blogspot.com

Amit- Thanks!!!
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I am really happy to find this hear, will write in detail about my journey to various joytirlingas.
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Have been always a blind follower of god, I have always found my lord beside me. When we talk about Dwadhas Joytirlanga, When I was a kid I just used to hear about it from my parents. But nothing in totality.

Being a native of dhanbad, baidyanath dham is very much closer to this place. My mom used to travel on foot every year from sultanganj to baba vaidyanath temple in the month of Sawan, chanting bol bum, bol bum,bol bum . This used to take some 3 or 4 days to reach there with a kaanwar on her shoulders which used to have two containers filled with ganga jal taken from river ganga from Sultaganj. The total km was some 100 or 94 km something like that. This she might have done back to back for at least 18 yrs. She has now grown old. She always tell us that whatever she has achieved in her life is only because of the baba baidhyanath. I think this is from where the seed got rooted in our mind.

I have no doubt about this being one of the joytirlinga. The faith, the enormous crowd which we have is tremendous. I have visited this temple at the age of 16 I believe on foot. The first time ever, I had boils in foot. I was limping, my mother was with me, she knew how the roads will behave on the way, and how a teenage walks or runs, she always insisted me to walk slow, but with full of energy hardly what she was saying I was running and stopping at intervals to catch my mom. But eventually what happened was that I started having boils in my feet before I reached the temple. Maa asked me to take a stick and then walk, on the way I even went to a doctor to have a medication on my foot they did something on my foot and there was a bandage across one feet. Then, I took a stick which could help me in walking. All in pain, we started from there.

At Darshania, I belive from we can have a glimpse of the temple, there I broke down, I started crying in pain coz of my leg, in faith that I nearly could reach here, now its just a matter of few hours that we will be infront of baba. Then that time also came when we took bath in shiv ganga just outside the temple. My maa was saying that this holy dip will take all my pain. And yes it did. I then with full of new energy in me, I went into the temple premises. I can’t explain the number of devotees who comes here. All in saffron be it a male, female, kids, teenagers, all in saffron having kaanwar on their shoulders chanting the mantra of Bol bum, bol bum, bol bum. These words were brining soul closer to god, taking or souls away from all the worries and tensions. Hardly any piece of earth was left blank. All filled with kaanwarias which they are called. There are many who don’t walk, who come by their own or hired vehicle till Deoghar the place where baidyanath temple is. And then from there they walk to the temple. But these devotees will also filled theirs containers with ganga jal from sultanganj then drive from there to baba baidyanath temple. There will some some known as dak bum, these bums or devotees will offer their ganga jal in 24hrs from sultanganj to baba mandir. They will go non-stop on the way they will take milk that too running, not stopping as well, everyone gives way for them. Finally after reaching the temple everyone is required to take a full three circle around the inner baba temple which is also called as terpechan. This was here when my bandage tore apart and I was full of new energy, no pain. After, doing the terpechan we sat near our panda the priest, took some rest and then he enchanted few mantras for the jal which we took along into the temple saying bol bum bol bum bol bum. There was huge rush. Long queue, it was like man falling on man bodies, all totally drenched in sweat or rain water, having a small container filled with ganga jal.


There were many who could not tolerate the tiredness or fatigue, and was throwing their jal on the temple walls, But with firm determination I was standing their moving with the queue. Finally, I was just left behind the bars where police men were guarding the gates. Yelling with har har mahadev, jai jai shiv shambhu, bol bum bol bum I went inside, o god there were many priests standing at all the corners with sticks in the hand, hitting on the wall to scare the devotes for moving out, there were police man inside, for avoiding of over crowding. Every devotee fall on the lingam, trying to touch it, feel it, everywhere there were Bael Patra(Aegle marmelos), the aroma of it was mind blowing. There I sat below putting all the jal on the lingam the baba, baba baidhyanath ki jai. With all the Bael and flowers and akshat. Touched the lord almighty. But now the toughest part was how to get up, as there were humongous people on me. I was squeezed, some how the pandas around pulled me else I would have been suffocated in the damp environment.


Then came out happily, with a smile of achievement, with a pride that I have touched lord, with a satisfied honor. It was mind boggling experience. I could pen down after 15 yrs, with some faint memories which I had about my first ever joytirlinga darshan.
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hi keshav,
good write up and you have made me to think about my childhood trips.
I planned to go to baiddhyanath dham during my trip to varanasi but due to lack to knowledge about this place i changed my mind.
I think i can rely on you know to get to go to this dham.
with regards,
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Dear Kumar,

I would love to assist if any kind of information you are looking for, I have travelled another 3 times to baidhyanath dham but was on bike, car, rail.

But as mentioned my maa has went roughly 20 times.
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Originally Posted by pranavganesh View Post Eastern Mind- I really do not know if there is any prescribed format or route to travel... and given the expanse of the 12 jyotirlinga... there shouldn't be any prescribed route...
Thanks. I've done one, 11 to go then. But at least with this information, over time and with specific research beforehand, I can see going eventually to more. Aum
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Coming to my second darshan,
It was Baba Vishwanath
it was also when I was young, say 17 or 18 yrs of old. And this was baba vishwanath in Varanasi. I followed my maa to varansi where we visited all ghats and then many temples and finally lord Vishwanath. I have a very faint memory of this, it was also overly crowded, when we went there, I was rally awestruck with the huge temple. All in gold I believe. I can only remember the darshan which we had. It was fanastic.

My third darshan was lord Rameshawaram.
This was when I was in Bangalore, was bachelor I think that was the year 2003. I have called my maa and papa for a spiritual trip. Though the funding was done by them only I was an unpaid guide lol. Anyways, jokes apart, this was when we went for Tirupati Balaji, Kaniya Kumari, Rameshawaram, and Madurai.

Fantastic trip it was, coming from a north culture this was the first time when we were going to witness or visit gods and goddesses in south. Here we were stunned that we are not supposed to touch gods or goddess. Where as in north most places you can touch them, here the custom was only for a darshan. Anyways after visiting various places when we went for Rameshawaram, It was stunning, there were wind mills across, I don’t remember the name of the place, from where lord hanuman flew for lanka, we went there had a glimpse of the debris which was the setu bandh. Could see lord hanuman’s temple on the way, then rameshawaram.

We were having a feeling that we are witness our history,our epic, the place from where Shree Ram started his journey to Lanka, the place from where Lord Bajrangbali flew to lanka. It was a mesmerising moment. An experience not at all to forget.

I don’t have words to express the beauty of the temple. Even if I try, I will be doing injustice in explaining the whole scene. Though this implies to all the places, meaning to say that I am doing injustice in explaning which I know I cant be 100% in that. We took bath in the ocean there and then marched to the temple with wet clothes I think, don’t know if it was wet or what. In the temple we were sourrounded by many Swamies. There with the help of one of the swamy who used to speak and understand hindi, guided us to the various kunds in which we took bath, it was so pious, the feeling of being present in that temple itself gave a meaning to life, that itself gave a feeling of godliness, a feeling of devotion, a feeling of being spiritual. We had a glimpse of the whole temple it was so wonderfull and beautiful. Unfortunately, when we reached there it was time for the darshan to be closed, but that swamy some how managed us, we went running for the darshan. We say lord Shiv in the form of Rameshwaram jyotirling which we always used to hear in front of our eyes, we could not belive that god has called us, Lord Shiv has called us to have a glimpse of his presence. Then after having the darshan we started off had our lunch and off to the bus to the route to Kanya kumari I think.
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Thanks for such a detailed information, very useful.
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Keshav - you are really blessed with such good writing skills. Your Rameshwaram account literally took me back a couple of years when I visited Rameshwaram. It is really spiritual to visit that temple and to hear the amazing stories pertaining to each kund.
I do agree that even I find it strange why you could not touch the deities. But the morning's mani darshan takes away all the complaints that you might have. It is one of the most divine thing to do in that place.
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many thanks Dear lil hunk but i dont think i desever that appreication.

anyways........

Fourth Jyotirlinga darshan,
Bhimashankar
This was on 29th June 2007, reason is that this was our marriage anniversary. We were staying in pune. So we were thinking as to how to celebrate our anniversary and my wife was carrying vaibhavi. Vaishnavi was 3 yrs old my elder daughter. So we thought of taking a taxi and go for a jyotirlinga darshan. Sai baba darshan and all. So after all the research work and asking my various friends doing my homework we started for the trip, we booked an A.C Indica, don’t know what the price was though.

We three with a driver went to bhimashanker starting early morning. So I think it was some three or four hors journey. We thought of not eating anything, as in north it’s a custom that people prefer having a darshan in fast and then take some food. By the time we arrived bhimashanker the roads, the mountains, the river streams, the fog, everything was proclaiming that it’s a devbhoomi. Its up the hill and when we reached there it was very cold. Everywhere there was fog, we loved it, and then as everywhere the moment our car parked in the parking area, lot of people started coming to us with various puja thali’s and bla bla bla. We we asked one of them to put the OM on our forehead which they used to do, it a very systematic manner, having a small rod and on the tip it used to be carved as OM. After dipping in the Chandan they used to put a mark on the forehead of the devotees, so we also did that, it was wonderful. We then left our slippers and shoes in the car with some money in our pockets we marched ahead. We were told that it’s a steep downhill, with very precarious stony steps, so we need to be very carefull walking down as the water also keeps dripping from the mountains on those steps.


Interestingly when we compare this with Baidhyanath dham and other jyotirlinga’s two, it was more then a picnic spot of many visitors, people were coming with all portable speakers and dancing on films songs on the way. Females with all glamorous dress. No offense please, but I did not like this. As there are many people on this forum who are nature, pollution cautious, for them I think it will be a shock to know that all along the mountain people are throwing their rubbish. Anyways I started my walk to the temple and as usual started chanting OM NAMAH SHIVAY, on the very moment it started raining as well, I cant explain the moment, the feeling of god’s presence at that point of time. So we took a use and throw plastic which is available there for two of us, my daughter and my wife, I was loving to get wet with the name of OM NAMAH BHAGWATEY RUDRA, and OM NAMAH SHIVAY. And yes, the steps were really very slippery as we went downstairs, all along the way there were small shops of Prasad and toys and mala’s and various stuffs which we normally buy from these shops when we visit some devotional place.

By now we have come down and saw the temple in front of our eyes, it was so very beautiful, There is a kund by the side of the temple, we took a holy dip one by one into it not leaving the queue. Many of the devotees can wear the footwear and come till place where they can remove it, where as many like us, started barefooted from the starting of the stairs itself. In that queue now, I was at my pick, overjoyed that lord shiv has finally called me for his darshan, I started saying HAR HAR MAHADEV, OM NAMAH SHIVAY on the top of my voice and interestingly I found my followers who were giving me company. With my HAR HAR , they used to scream MAHADEV, the whole temple was reverberated, with the echoing sounds. Finally we reached the inner sanctum of the temple where there were police guards to control the crowds and the devotees, He finally entered it, with our own style we took some ganga jal from home, some rice(akshat), flowers, chandan powder and some incense stick with us. So the moment we went inside we touch the Bhimashankar and offered everything on him. Except the sticks, we all three of us bowed down and knocked the ground with our head. All three touch the our SHIV, and there were guards shouting at us, keep moving, keep moving. Then we came out of it, offered some prayers outside and then burnt the incense stick there. I was full of tears in praise and with the way we had our darshan. From there we moved up and then sat in some hotel to have our launch. Then bought some prashad, items of gifts to give to relatives. And moved to towards the car.


For old people, they have palkis which we saw on the way.

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