The 12 Jyotirlinga In Varanasi
Jyotirlingas is the unique representation or Devotional representation of God Shiva. Jyoti means ‘light’ and linga means ‘mark, a sign’. Jyotirlinga means the ‘Radiant sign of Lord Shiva’.
Once, Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu had an argument as to who was the supreme creator. To settle this argument, Lord Shiva appeared as a huge pillar of light and asked them to find the end of the pillar. Neither could find the end.
The above legend of a pillar of light finds expression in the jyotirlinga temples where Lord Shiva manifested as a linga of light.