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Hinduism - Who Is Mallikarjuna? Where Is The Mallikarjuna Linga In India?


On the holy mountain Shrishaila in Andhra Pradesh, there is a temple and a sacred spot (tirtha).

The temple is called after the temple's principal deity, the god Shiva as "[Lord] White as Jasmine." 

Mallikarjuna has Shiva in the form of a linga, a pillar-shaped figure.

The Mallikarjuna linga is one of the twelve jyotirlingas, or Shiva's special places on the planet.

The origin story of Mallikarjuna is based on a rivalry between Shiva's two sons, Ganesh and Skanda, who agree that the first to round the world would be the first to marry.

Skanda mounts his peacock and takes off, confident in his superior speed.

Ganesh, on the other hand, just goes about Shiva and his wife Parvati as a representation of the cosmos as a whole.

Skanda is furious when he returns and discovers he has been beaten.

He travels to southern India after leaving Kailas, the Himalayan peak thought to be Shiva's dwelling.

Parvati is distraught by Skanda's disappearance, but none of the envoys sent can convince him to return.

Finally, Shiva and Parvati fly to Shrishaila mountain on their own.

Skanda has already made his way to a neighboring peak.

His parents dedicate the first site as Mallikarjuna before following him.

Mallikarjuna is regarded as a highly strong place, as are all of the jyotirlingas.

Worshiping this jyotirlinga is claimed to bring money, relief from pain, happiness, and any other desired outcome.

The location, deep in the forest on the summit of Shrishaila mountain, is difficult to approach.

As a result, the most significant holiday celebrated here is Shivaratri, Shiva's most important festival of the year, during which devotees (bhakta) gather and remain for many days.

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Hinduism - Where Is Kashi In India?

 (“shining”) One of the city of Benares' traditional names.

Benares is one of the Seven Sacred Cities mentioned in the Hindu scriptures, where death brings ultimate emancipation of the soul.

In a more narrow sense, the word Kashi refers to the biggest of Benares' three ancient holy zones.

It encompasses everything inside the Panchakroshi Yatra path, a circuit that circles the city and defines the region's outer edge.

The fabled account of the jyotirlinga, the "pillar of light" where the deity Shiva is claimed to have originally emerged, is the inspiration for the name Kashi.

The pillar of light, according to legend, not only landed in Kashi but was also a form of Kashi, emphasizing the city's holiness above all other locations on Earth. 

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Hinduism - What Is A Jyotirlinga? Which Are The 11Jyotirlingas Across India?


Jyotirlinga (lit. "bright linga") The deity Shiva's initial incarnation is represented as a massive pillar of fire that spans beyond the sky and below the ground in various legendary traditions.

The gods Brahma and Vishnu attempt but fail to locate the top and bottom of this pilar.

The form of Shiva appears from the pillar of light and praises them after they recognize their failure.

Shiva's followers (bhakta) believe that there are twelve locations in India where this jyotirlinga manifested; these twelve locations are regarded as immensely sacred, and Shiva is believed to be present at each of them.

The dominant picture at each of these locations is a linga, a pillar-shaped figure that is a symbolic manifestation of Shiva.

Each of these lingas is said to be a distinct incarnation of Shiva, and each of these twelve places is named after the linga that presides over it.

Somnath and Nageshvar in Gujarat; 

Kedarnath in the Himalaya Mountains; 

Vishvanath in Benares; 

Vaidyanath in Bihar; 

Mahakaleshvar in the central Indian city of Ujjain; 

Omkareshvar in Madhya Pradesh; 

Bhimashankar, Ghrneshvar, and Tryambakeshvar in Maharashtra; 

and Rameshvar in Tamil Nadu are the other eleven manifestations of Shiva. 

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