Siddhaguru Sri Ramanananda Maharshi consecrated Dwadasa Jyotirlingas (12 Jyotirlingas ) in Ramaneswaram.
A Jyotirlinga or Jyotirlingam, is a devotional representation of the Supreme God Shiva. Jyoti means ‘radiance’ and lingam means ‘the Shiva’. Jyotir Lingam thus means the Radiant Sign of The Almighty Shiva. There are twelve traditional Jyotirlinga shrines.
The twelve jyothirlinga are:
- Somnath in Gir Somnath, Gujarat
- Mallikarjuna in Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh
- Mahakaleswar in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh
- Omkareshwar in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh
- Kedarnath in Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand
- Bhimashankar in Maharashtra
- Vishwanath in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
- Trimbakeshwar in Nashik, Maharashtra
- Vaidyanath in Deogarh, Jharkhand
- Nageshvara in Dwarka, Gujarat
- Ramanathaswamy in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu
- Grishneshwar in Ellora, Maharashtra.
To have a darshan of these 12 jyotirlingas one has to travel a lot causing physical and financial strains. Because of consecration of 12 jyotirlingas at same place in Ramaneswaram, one can easily go and have a visit. In addition to this, jyotirlingas at Ramaneswaram have the same dimensions and shapes of original Dwadasa Jyotirlingas and are made of Krishna Shila.