Dwadashi Jyotirlinga Stotra is a beautiful prayer addressed to the 12 Jyotirlinga temples of Lord Shiva.
Guru Adi Shankaracharya wrote this Stotra. The meaning of Jyotirlingam is Lingam of Light. Jyotirlingam is also known as Jyotirling or Jyothir Linga.
Dwadasa Jyotirlinga Stotram was written by Adi Shankaracharya. The word is a Sanskrit compound of jyotis ‘radiance’ and linga. There are twelve traditional Jyotirlinga shrines in India.
According to Siva Mahapurana, once Brahma (the god of creation) and Vishnu (the form of God during Preservation) had an argument over the supremacy of creation. To settle the debate, Supreme God Shiva pierced the three worlds appearing as a huge Infinite Pillar of Light, the Jyotirlinga which later cooled into the Holy Mountain Annamalai (on which the Temple of Arunachaleshvara is located).
12 Jyotirlinga Temples are:
1) Somnath Temple in Gujarat
2) Mahakaleshwar Temple in Madhya Pradesh
3) Omkareshwar Temple in Madhya Pradesh
4) Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand
5) Bhimashankar Temple in Maharashtra
6) Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Uttar Pradesh
7) Trimbakeshwar (or) Tryambakeshwar Shiva Temple in Maharashtra
8) Ramanathaswamy Temple in Tamil Nadu
9) Grishneshwar Temple in Maharashtra
10) Vaidyanath Temple in Jharkhand
11) Nageshwar Temple (or) Aundha Nagnath Temple in Gujarat
12) Srisailam Mallikarjuna Swami Temple in Andhra Pradesh
Dwadasa Jyotirlinga Stotra Lyrics in English:
Sourashtra Dese Visadhethi Ramye,
Jyothirmayam Chandra Kalavathamsam,
Bhakthi Pradhanaya Krupavatheernam,
Tham Soma Nadham Saranam Prapadhye || 1 ||
Sri Shaila Sange Vibhudathi Sange,
Thulathi Thune Api Mudha Vasantham,
Thamarjunam Mallika Poorvamekam,
Namami Samsara Samudhra Sethum || 2 ||
Mukthi Pradhanaya Cha Sajjananam,
Vande Maha Kala Maha Suresam || 3 ||
Kavaerika Narmadhayo Pavithre,
Samagame Sajjana Tharanaya,
Sadaiva Mandha Tripure Vasantham,
Onkarameesam Shivameka Meede || 4 ||
Poorvothare Prajjwalika Nidhane,
Sada Vasantham Girija Sametham,
Surasuradhitha Pada Padmam,
Sri Vaidyanatham Tham Aham Namami || 5 ||
Yaamye Sadange Nagare Adhi Ramye,
Vibhooshithangam Vividaischa Bhogai,
Sad Bhakthi Mukthi Prada Meesa Mekam,
Sri Naganatham Saranam Prapadhye || 6 ||
Mahadri Parswe Cha Thate Ramantham,
Sampoojyamanam Sathatham Muneendrai,
Surasurair Yaksha Mahoraghadyai,
Kedarameesam Shivameka Meede || 7 ||
Sahyadri Seershe Vimale Vasantham,
Godavari Theera Pavithra Dese,
Yad Darsanal Pathakamasu Nasam,
Prayathi Tham Traimbaka Meesa Meede || 8 ||
Suthamra Varnee Jala Rasi Yoge,
Nibhadhya Sethum Visikhaira Sankyai,
Sri Ramachandrna Samarpitham Tham,
Ramesamakhyam Niyatham Smarami || 9 ||
Yam Dakini Sakinika Samaje,
Sadaiva Bheemadhi Pada Prasidham,
Tham Shnkaram Bhaktha Hitham Namami || 10 ||
Sayanda Mananda Vane Vasantham,
Mananda Kandam Hatha Papa Vrundam,
Varanasi Nadha Manadha Nadham,
Sri Viswanadham Saranam Prapadhye || 11 ||
Ilapure Ramya Visalake Asmin,
Samullasantham Cha Jagad Varenyam,
Vande Maha Dhara Thara Swabhavam,
Ghusruneswarakhyam Saranam Prapadhye || 12 ||
Jyothir Maya Dwadasa Linga Kanam,
Shivathmanam Prokthamidham Kramena,
Sthothram Padithwa Manujo Athi Bhakthyo,
Phalam Thadalokye Nijam Bhajescha || 13 ||
Dwadasa Jyotirlinga Stotra Lyrics Meaning:
I seek refuge of the Soma Nadha,
Who is in the holy and pretty Sourashtra,
Who is dazzling with light,
Who wears the crescent of the moon,
Who has come there to give,
The gift of devotion and mercy.
I salute him who is the bridge to the ocean of life,
Who is in the company of all gods,
And living in the union of Sri Shaila,
Who resides on the peak of Thula,
And who is called Mallikarjuna,
I salute that Maha Kala,
Who is the lord of all devas,
Who has incarnated in the city of Avanthi,
Forgiving salvation to good people,
And to save people from untimely death.
I meditate only on Shiva,
With the form of the letter Om,
Who lives In the city of Mandhatripura,
Which is in the holy confluence
Of rivers Cauvery and Narmadha,
For helping good people cross,
The Ocean of the misery of life.
I salute that Vaidyanatha,
Whose lotus feet are worshipped,
By all asuras and devas,
And who lives in place of eternal shine,
In the northeast of India,
Along with his consort Parvathi.
I seek refuge of Lord Naganatha,
Who lives in the pretty town
Of Sadanga in the southern part,
Who is well decorated,
Who grants all kinds of pleasures,
And who is the only God who grants,
Devotion and salvation.
I meditate on Shiva who is the Lord of Kedara,
Who takes pleasure in the valley of the great mountain,
Who is always worshipped by great sages,
And also devas, asuras, yakshas and nagas.
I meditate on the lord of Triambaka,
Who lives on the peak of western ghats,
In the holy shores of river Godavari,
And who destroys all sins,
Of his devotees who see him.
I meditate with devotion to the lord of Rama,
Who lives in the confluence of river,
Thamravarnee with the sea,
Where a bridge has been built.
With the help of umpteen arrows,
By the Lord Sri Rama Chandra.
I salute that Lord Sankara
Who is the darling of his devotees,
Who is being worshipped by rakshasas,
In the company of Ghosts called Dakini and Sakini,
And who is well known as “Bheema”.
I seek the protection of the Lord of the universe,
Who lives is happily in the forest of joy,
Who is the basis of all happiness,
Who destroys all accumulated sins,
Who is the lord of the city of Varanasi,
And who is the lord of all who does not have anybody.
I seek the refuge of Ghusraneswara,
Who lives and plays in the pretty city of Ilapura,
Who is the greatest among the universe,
And who is by his nature extremely kind.
This prayer which tells about,
The twelve resplendent lingas,
If read with devotion by men,
Would make them be worshiped by others.