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Saturday, January 27, 2007

13th Jyotirlinga


I was a bit taken aback and also fascinated at this finding.
I will be doing some more research on this.
Visit the website below - the mandir is very contemporary.


Default 13th Jyotirlingam at the Mukti-Gupteshwar Mandir in Sydney Australia



There are in fact thirteen jyotirlinga. The thirteenth is at the Mukti-Gupteshwar Mandir in Sydney Australia. www.muktigupteshwar.org

The thirteenth jyotirlingam was in Nepal, but according to the scriptures belongs in "Ashtalika" or Australia. As a result, the (now late) King of Nepal released the thirteenth jyotirlingam to be sent to Australia, to the Mukti-Gupteshwar Mandir and that is where it is today.
All other 12 jyotirlinga are in India - only the thirteenth is outside of India.

Why Minto Australia? (from the temple website)

According to the Hindu Scriptures the 13th Jyothirlinga is the last icon of the current cycle of creation and destruction. As the last Jyothirlinga, members of the Mukti-Gupteshwar Mandir Society explained, it was necessary for the icon to be consecrated in the southern hemisphere.

According to the scriptures, Australia is at the 'mouth of the snake', a symbol of protection and an ornament of Lord Shiva. The Somanath temple enshrines the first Jyothirlinga. Outside the Somanath temple an arrow points along an unobstructed path of light towards the south pole, only compounding their view that the 13th Jyothirlinga should be consecrated in Australia. And so it now has been. The icon has since been housed in the consecrated prayer room in Sydney's suburb of Minto.

The 13th Jyothirlinga was a gift to the Australian people in 1999 by the late Majesty Maharajadhiraja Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, King of Nepal. Accompanying the icon were 7996 hyms arranged in 8 volumes. These hyms were composed specifically for this icon by the Chief Priest of the King of Nepal.

The 13th Jyothirlinga was consecrated on the 14th Febraury 1999 when various stars and planets aligned as described in the epic Ramayana, a phenomenon which occurs once every 100 years. Consecration of the icon was carried out under the instruction of the Jagadguru, the highest spiritual leader in India.



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** The 13th Jyotirlingam

Lord Siva is often worshipped through the linga. Linga represent the male power of Shiva, his power and presence. They are oftern surrounded by the yoni, the female source of life. Together they symbolise male and female energy personified by Shiva and Shakti.

There are thirteen Jyothirlinga. All are described as being self formed icons of egg shape. Of all the Jyothirlingas, the thirteenth is considered to be very close to descriptions in the ancient Scripture, "Shiv-Puran". The 13th Jyothirlinga, is called Mukti-Gupteshwar-Mahadev, one of the 1129 names for Lord Shiva. The other twelve lingas are called: Somnath, Mallikarjuna, Mahakaal, Mamaleshwar, Waidyanaath, Bhimshankar, Ramnath, Naagnath, Vishwanath, Trayambak, Kedarnath and Ghushmanatham.

The story of formation of the 13th Jyothirlinga, Mukti-Gupteshwar-Mahadev, is written in the Mahabharata. It is summarised as follows: Following a battle(jyood) the defeated Pandavas were banished into the forest for twelve years. During their period of exile memebers of the Pandavas arrived at large ashram located in Nepal. This ashram was central place for meditation.

According to the Scriptures, until this time the 13th Jyothirlinga or Shivlinga lay in the Ashram for 7000 years. While living in the Ashram, Apanda Arjun, a Pandavas warrior, went hunting. Confronted by a wild boar Arjuna fixed an arrow in his bow intending to kill it. At this moment another hunter claimed the boar as his game. Both hunters released theri arrows striking the boar at the same time. The two argued over the kill and fought for 21 days. As the Arjuna weakened he made a linga from mud and prayed only to find that his opponent was also Lord Shiva. Shiva had been testing the valour and skills of Arjuna. Shiva was pleased and said that he would be with him and also with whoever prays that Linga.

According to the Hindu Scriptures the 13th Jyothirlinga is the last icon of the current cycle of creation and destruction. As the last Jyothirlinga, members of the Mukti-Gupteshwar Mandir Society explained, it was necessary for the icon to be consecrated in the southern hemisphere.

According to the scriptures, Australia is at the 'mouth of the snake', a symbol of protection and an ornament of Lord Shiva. The Somanath temple enshrines the first Jyothirlinga. Outside the Somanath temple an arrow points along an unobstructed path of light towards the south pole, only compounding their view that the 13th Jyothirlinga should be consecrated in Australia. And so it now has been. The icon has since been housed in the consecrated prayer room in Sydney's suburb of Minto.

The 13th Jyothirlinga was a gift to the Australian people in 1999 by the late Majesty Maharajadhiraja Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, King of Nepal. Accompanying the icon were 7996 hyms arranged in 8 volumes. These hyms were composed specifically for this icon by the Chief Priest of the King of Nepal.

The 13th Jyothirlinga was consecrated on the 14th Febraury 1999 when various stars and planets aligned as described in the epic Ramayana, a phenomenon which occurs once every 100 years. Consecration of the icon was carried out under the instruction of the Jagadguru, the highest spiritual leader in India.

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Images of where the 13th Jyotirlingam is housed are available at this website:
http://www.muktigupteshwar.org

Readers who are interested in receiving more information should email:
info@muktigupteshwar.org

or phone +61 (0)2 9820 3751 or phone +61 (0)4 2222 6724 or phone +61 (0)4 1313 9000.
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1 comment:

  1. its very interesting. can we have a picture of 13th jyothirlinga

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