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Showing posts with label Vishvanath. Show all posts

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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Hinduism - What Is The Gyan Vapi Temple/Well/Pool At Benares?


Gyan Vapi ("knowledge pool"). The only remaining element of the ancient Vishvanath temple in Benares is a well.

The temple was one of the most revered Hindu locations in ancient India, and its name relates to the deity Shiva in his incarnation as Vishvanath, "Lord of the Universe." In 1669, the Moghul emperor Aurangzeb's forces demolished the temple and replaced it with a mosque.

Although the demolition of the temple is often depicted as an act of Muslim iconoclasm, according to Gyan Vapi's narrative, Aurangzeb may have meant it as a political message to punish local opposition.

The figure of Shiva as Vishvanath was thrown into the well to safeguard it from sacrilege, according to local mythology, and it remains there to this day. 


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