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A New Complex of 12 Jyotir Lingas

A new complex of 12 Jyotir Lingas has come up in the Sri Chandramouliswara Temple in Mysore.

According to Hindu tradition, if devotees have a darshan of Lord Ishwara, one of the trinities, in the form of Linga at the various famous centres scattered all over the country, familiarly known as "Dwadasha Jyotirlingas", they would have achieved a personal goal. This may not be possible for all the devotees, as they will have to travel the breadth and length of the country to visit these pilgrim centres of Shiva, the destroyer.

Keeping this in view, the management of Sri Chandramouliswara Swamy Temple in V.V.Mohalla (popularly known as Vontikoppal Eswara Temple), in Mysore, have completed an ambitious project of having all the 12 famous 'Jyotirlingas' in one complex under a single roof. The special feature here is that the various temple gopuras or towers and the idols of the Lord are a replica of the same as is found in those 12 places. Another distinction is that a devotee can personally perform Abhisheka to the idol of Lord Viswanatha of Kashi, which is one among the 12 Jyotirlingas, as is being the custom followed at Kashi, popularly known as Benaras.

The Jyotir Linga complex has been constructed by the "Sthapathies" (Temple architects) of Tamilnadu and Shilpis (idol carvers) of Mysore.

The complex has been inaugurated by the Pontiff of Avadhoota Datta Peetam, Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji, on February 26, and dedicated to the people for darshan, on the eve of the Maha Shivaratri, falling on March 1. Devotees can have an unique opportunity of darshan of the Lord Shiva in various forms and attain their cherished goals.

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