New Delhi: Worship of shivalinga is considered the prime worship for the devotees of Lord Shiva. Worship of all other forms is considered secondary. The significance of the shivalinga is that it is the resplendent light (flame) form of the Supreme - solidified to make the worship of it easier. It represents the real nature of God - formless essentially and taking various forms as it wills.
The 12 Jyotirlingas in India that one wishes to worship in his/her lifetime:
Somnath Jyotirlinga: It is believed that praying at the Somnath Temple in Gujarat helps people getting rid of illness.
Mallikarjun Jyotirlinga: People's desire of wealth and prosperity are fulfilled in this auspicious temple situated in Andhra Pradesh on the top of a mountain on river Krishna.
Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga: The famous temple is in Madhya Pradesh's Ujjain district and people pray here for getting rid of fear of death.
Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga: Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga: Omkareshwar temple is situated in Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh. Lord Shiva's followers visit this temple to be free of obstacles in their life.
Kedarnath Jyotirlinga: It is one of the most famous Jyotirlingas situated in Uttarakhand. Thousands of devotees throng this temple to get Wordly pleasures (Sansarik sukh)
Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga: If one has immense fear of losing his life, this temple located near Pune in Maharashtra is perfect place to worship.
Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga: It is considered the most sacred of all and located on the banks of the holy river Ganga in temple town Varanasi. People visit this world famous temple to attain 'moksha'. The temple houses one of the twelve Jyotirlingas and attracts millions of Shiva devotees every year.
Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga: It is located on the banks of the river Godavari in Maharashtra. It is said that if one worships Lord Shiva with full faith, he/she gets rid of her sins.
Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga: The exact origin is debated. Some believe the original linga is in Jharkhand, while other believers claim that Baijnath in Himachal Pradesh is one of the 12 sacred lingas. It is sai that praying here helps in cure of prolong illness.
Nageshwar Jyotirlinga: It is situated in Gujarat. It is famous for fulfilling people's desire of getting 'good fortune'.
Rameshwaram Jyotirlinga: It is located in Tamil Nadu and is one of the four holy sites that a Hindu wishes to visit during his lifetime. It is believed that Lord Shiva fulfills desire of winning.
Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga: Praying here helps lost family members re-unite. It is situated in Aurangabad.