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The 22nd of June is to be celebrated as Masik Shiva Ratri. According to the Solar-lunar month followed by the Hindus, the Masik Shiva Ratri of the Ashada month falls on the 22nd of June. The Chaturdashi in the Krishna Paksha of every month is to be celebrated as Masik Shiva Ratri.
The Masik Shiva Rati that falls in the month of Magha is celebrated as Maha Shiva Ratri. Observing the Shiva Ratri on every month is believed to be very auspicious. It is said that even the Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Parvati, Goddess Sarasvati, Sita Devi, Savitri and Rati Devi have observed the fast of Shiva Ratri.
Jyotirlinga can be translated as a beam of light. It is said that Lord Shiva first appeared as a huge beam of light to Lord Maha Vishnu and Lord Brahma. Since then, Lord Shiva is mainly worshipped in the form of a linga. There are twelve important sites in India where temples are built dedicated to Lord Shiva.
These temples are especially powerful, as they house the very powerful jyotirlingas. These jyotirlingas have a varied origin. Most of them are "Swayam Bhoo", which means that they are self-formed and found as such in nature.
On the occasion of Masik Shiva Ratri, we bring to you the Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Stotram. This Stotram worships Lord Shiva in all his forms. It counts all the 12 jyotirlingas and worships the Lord Shiva present in each of them. This Stotra is very powerful and very close to Lord Shiva's heart. Chant this regularly to have happiness, health and peace in your life.
Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Stotram
Sourashtra dese visadetiramye Jyotirmayam ChandraKalavatamsam .
Bhakti Pradanaya Kripaveteernam tam Somanatham Sharanam prapadye ..1..
Shreeshaila Shringe vibudhaatisange tulaadritungaapi muda vasantam .
Tamararjunam mallikapurvamekam namami sansara samudrasetum ..2..
Avantikayam vihitaavataram muktipradanaya cha sajjananam .
Akala mrityoh paripakshanartha vande mahakalamahesuresham ..3..
Kaaverika narmadayoh pavitre samagame sajjanataranaya .
Sadaiv mandhatripuray vasantam Omkarameesam Shivamekameeday ..4..
Poorvottare prajwalikanidhane sada vasantam Girijasametam .
Sursuraradhitapadamangam Shree Vaidyanatham tamaham namami ..5..
Yaamye sadange nagaratiramye vibhushitangam vividhaischa bhogaih .
Sadbhati muktiprada meesha mekam shree Naganatham sharanam prapadye ..6..
Mahadriparshwe cha tate ramantam sampoojyamanm satatam muneendreh .
Surasurairyaksha mahoragadhyaih Kedarameesham Shivamekameede ..7..
Sahyadrisheershe vimale vasantam Godavari teera pavitradeshe .
Yadarshanatpatakamaashu nasham praayati tam Tyambakameeshameede ..8..
Sutamraparnijalrashi yoge nibadhya setum vishikhairasankhyaih .
Shree Ramachandrena samarpitam tam Rameshwarakhyam niyatam namami ..9..
Yam Dakinee shakineeka samaje nishevyamanam pishitasanaishcha .
Sadaiva Bheemadipadaprasiddham tam Shankaram bhakta hitam namami ..10..
Saananda maanandavane vasantamanandakandam hatapapavrindam .
Vaaranaseenathamanatha natham shree Vishwanatham Sharanam prapadye ..11..
Elapure ramya vishalakeshmin samullasantamcha jagadvarenyam .
Vande mahodaratara swabhavam Ghrishneshwarakhyam saranam prapadye ..12..
Jyotirmaya DwaadasaLingakaanam Shivatmanamproktamidam kramena .
Stotram pathitwa manujotibhaktya phalam tadalokya nijam bhajechcha ..13..
Iti shree Dwadash JyotirLinga stotram sampoornam.
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,
For giving 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 north east 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 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 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 do 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 worshipped by others.