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JYOTIRLINGA

~ 12 Shafts of Light ~

Sharva (Mahakala) Shiva is Akula
Bhava (Kala) Bhairava is Lakula

In the Mahabharata, it is said that Brahma commissioned Shiva for the task of Creation.  Shiva sank into the dark Void, where his creative seed was secreted.  He meditated for such a long time that Brahma grew impatient and appointed Prajapati; and when Shiva finally emerged, he became indignant that the work had been completed by another and in fury severed his own organ.  He planted it in the earth.

Linga (Ling, Lingam) = Sign.  It is the mark of a Man, and the evidence of Rudra.

The phallus has always been Shiva’s most potent emblem.  Simple earthen or stone Linga were common in Sindhu-Sarasvati culture, and the Rig-Veda refers to the indigenous Shishnadeva (those to whom the penis is God).  The Neolithic tribes of northern India anciently used a stone digging-stick (Lak or Lang) in their primitive agriculture; and a stone phallus planted in or emerging from the earth, which is the Yoni (Bhaga) of the World, is the æternal aniconic form of Shiva-ShaktiShiva is Mahashepha (Great Phallus) and Bhagesha (Womb Lord); and Shiva is Sthanu (Standing), rising from the quiet focus of Brahma’s creative vortex as Evidence that promises both Life and After-Life (i.e. Fruitful Æternity).

The Puranas relate that, while Brahma and Vishnu were quarrelling, Shiva displayed his Jyotirlinga.  That Shaft of Light was pure Rajas, comprising the entire spectrum of creative radiation, and arose directly from the dark Flood of the Void.  As Hamsa, Brahma flew upwards; and as Varaha, Vishnu plumbed the depths; but neither could fathom the extent of Shiva’s mighty Linga.

The arched extent of Arjuna’s Shaft is cognate with the ‘Aaron (Ark) of the Rod’: the ever-fertile standard of the First Priest, who is One in Twelve; the emblematic Arc of an æternal Covenant between God and Man.

Maheshvara declares that He will always be present within the bounds marked by His Jyotirlinga.  The multifarious jewels of this legendary ‘Lost Ark’ are yet found in Bharata, where they shine resplendent as the Twelve Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva.


OM namah Shivaya


Shiva  is:

Somanatha  in Saurastra  [Somnath, Gujarat]

Mallikarjuna  on Shrishaila  [Srisailam, Andhra-Pradesh]

Mahakala  at Ujjayini  [Ujjain, Madhya-Pradesh]

Omkara  at Amareshvara  [island in Narmada River, near Mandhatta, MP]

Kedara  in Himalaya  [source of Mandakini River, Uttarkhand]

Bhimashankara  at Dakini  [source of Bhima River, Maharastra]

Vishveshvara  at Varanasi  [Uttar-Pradesh]

Tryambaka  on Gautami  [source of Godavari River, Maharastra]

Vaidyanatha  at Citabhumi  [Deoghar, Jharkhand]

Nagesha  in Darukavana  [near Dwarka, Gujarat]

Rameshvara  at Setubandha  [Ramesvaram, Tamil Nadu]

Ghushnesha  in Shivalaya  [Ellora, Maharastra]


OM namah Shivaya