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12 Jyotirlinga Yatra

Duration of Tour : 28 Days
Destination Covered : Delhi, Mathura, Agra, Ayodhya, Lucknow, Varanasi, Indore, Ujjain, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Surat, Aurangabad, Hyderabad, Kurnool, Bangalore, Madurai, Sholapur, Pune, Mumbai
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Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
Detailed Tour Itinerary: You arrive at Delhi by international flight. After a traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our representative) would arrive you at the airport and transfer to our hotel for check-in. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02 : Delhi - Mathura
Detailed Tour Itinerary: Leave for Mathura Full day sight seeing Vrindavan, Mathura (see Bake Bihari temple, iskon temple, Krishna janam sthan, vrindavan garden etc.), over night at Hotel.

Day 03 : Mathura - Agra
Detailed Tour Itinerary: Leave for Agra, full day sight seeing (Taj mahal, Sikandra and Fathepuri Sikri), Over night at Hotel.
Day 04 : Agra - Ayodhya
Detailed Tour Itinerary: After Breakfast leave for Ayodhya , The Birth Place Of Lord Rama On the right bank of the river Ghagra or Saryu, as it is called within sacred precincts, stands the holy city of Ayodhya, believed to be the birth place of lord Rama, the seventh incarnation of lord Vishnu. The ancient city of Ayodhya, according to the Ramayana, was founded by Manu, the law-giver of the Hindus. For centuries, it was the capital of the descendants of the Surya dynasty of which lord Rama was the most celebrated king. After arrival at Ayodhya refresh and visit Ram lala mandir in the Evening. Over Night at Hotel in Ayodhya.

Day 05 : Ayodhya
Detailed Tour Itinerary: Day in Ayodhya, Sight seeing Shri Ram Janam sthan Mandir, over night at Hotel.

Day 06 : Ayodhya - Lucknow
Detailed Tour Itinerary: Leave for Lucknow, an ancient city belongs to the Nawabs; see the culture and the food of Lucknow, dinner and over night at hotel in Lucknow.

Day 07 : Lucknow - Varanasi
Detailed Tour Itinerary: After breakfast leave for Agra airport to board a flight for Varanasi, after arrival at Varanasi / Banaras transfer to hotel. Varanasi is a place of holy river Ganga. The braided water of Ganga starts its race alleviated towards the large plains of north east; in the plains of Allahabad finally water of Yamuna blends with the Ganga, at this sacred confluence triveni sangam invisible Saraswati joins her force with two mighty rivers. It is in Varanasi, that the combined water are paid homage by the multitude of pilgrims before being directed towards the mouth of bay of Bengal.

Day 08 : Varanasi
Detailed Tour Itinerary: Full day in Banaras / Varanasi, in Varanasi we have 1. Vishwanatha Jyotirlinga Vishwanatha Situated amidst the crowded lanes of Varanasi, the temple of Vishwanatha can be approached from a lane called Vishwanatha lane. Inside the courtyard is the temple of Vishwanatha surrounded by many subsidiary shrines. There is a well, called Jnana Vapi i.e. 'wisdom well' located to the north of the main temple. As one enters the temple from the southern side the first temple to the left of the pilgrim are three temples in a row one behind the other - Vishnu, Virupakshi Gauri and Avimukta Vinayaka. A cluster of five lingas enclosed in a temple is called Nilakantheshvar temple. Just above the Avimukteshvara Vinayaka are temples of Shanishchara and Virupaksha. To the right just near the entrance is the temple enshrining a linga called Avimukteshvara. There is a controversy regarding the original Jyotirlinga at the place, which suggests that not the Vishwanatha but the Avimukteshvara is the original Jyotirlinga.

According to some scholars the other lingas like the Mahakala, Nikumbheshvara, Dandapanisvara, Vaikuntheshvara, kala Bhairava, kapileshvara, Kubereshvara bear the names of Yakshas. There are also images of Saubhagya Gauri, Shringar Gauri, Savitri, Vighneshvara Ganesha, Vyaseshvara etc. along with a cluster of small lingas to the north is called the court of Vishwanatha.

The Vishwanatha temple consists of a mandapa and a sanctum. Inside the sanctum a linga is set into the center of the floor in a square silver altar. The Linga is of black stone. Though the interior of the temple is not large and elaborate it presents the peaceful atmosphere ideal for worship.

Puja timings: The temple is kept open from 5.30 in the morning and stays so till 12 in the noon. The temple usually remains closed during the noon hours, and reopens in the evening at 4 p.m. The temple closes in the night after the last pujas are performed by 8 p.m. The pilgrims visit the temple any time of the day and worship the Lord by offering flowers and bilva leaves and chanting mantras of Shiva. Daily five times the Aarati is performed. The evening Aarati is known as Shringar Aarati. During this Aarati the linga is decorated with variety of flowers.

Day 09 : Varanasi - Indore
Detailed Tour Itinerary: After breakfast, leave for Varanasi Airport to board a domestic flight to Indore Arrival and transfer to the Hotel at Indore.

Day 10 : Indore
Detailed Tour Itinerary: After early breakfast leave for Shri 2. Omkareshwar Jyotirling (100 KM from Indore) {The temple is built in the North Inidan style of architecture, with high spires The soft stone of which it was constructed has lent its pliable surface to a rare degree of detailed work, of which the frieze figures on the upper portion is the most striking with the stone roof of the temple being intricately carved also. Encircling the shrine are verandahs with columns which are carved in circles, polygons and squares. The temple also houses the shrines of Panchamuga Ganesha, and Annapoorani which are considered very auspicious by the devotees & back to Indore, Over Night at Hotel.

Day 11 : Indore - Ujjain - Indore
Detailed Tour Itinerary: After early breakfast leave for Ujjain to visit 3. Shri Mahakaleshwar Jyotirling, it is also called as Maha Kaal; Maha kaal is situated in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. It is also called the traditional city of India. Ujjain is situated on the banks of river Shipra in Madhya Pradesh. Its old name was AVANTIKA. The theertam opposite the Mahakaleshwarar temple is known as Koditheertham & it is said that the colour of the waters of this theertham keeps changing. The Moola lingam is very small & is located underground. The lingam in the top level is called Ongareshwarar. The Kali Devi who gave Darshan to Vikramaditya is known by the name Harasiddhi Matha. There once lived a Brahmin in Avanti, who had four sons, who were great devotees of Lord Siva. Dushanan, a demon was giving trouble, disturbing all good & religious activities. The Brahmins from all over the land gathered with the four sons & performed pooja to Lord Siva. The spot where they had taken mud to make the Lingam had become a huge pond. When Dushanan came to disturb their pooja, Lord Siva rose from this pond as Mahakaleshwarar & destroyed Dushanan. On the request of the Brahmins, Lord Siva gave Darshan to devotees at this sthalam, one of the Jyotir Linga sthalams. After puja go back to Indore and over night at hotel in Indore.

Day 12 : Indore - Ahmedabad
Detailed Tour Itinerary: After Breakfast leave for Domestic airport to board a flight to Ahmedabad - Night stay at Hotel.

Day 13 : Ahmedabad - Rajkot
Detailed Tour Itinerary: After early breakfast leave for Rajkot , at Rajkot we have shri Somnath or 4. Someshwara Jyotirling , Chandra Devan is considered to have built this temple & hence the name Somanathar to the Lord. Chandran fell in love with Rohini, one of the daughters of Dakshan. But Dakshan wanted to give all his daughters in marriage to one able & loving person, who would treat all his daughters equally. Chandran got married to all, but his love for Rohini was too great & the other daughters complained to their father. Dakshan cursed Chandran to dwindle in power & beauty. When Chandran begged forgiveness, Dakshan said that only prayers to Lord Siva could free him of the curse. Chandran came to Somanath & prayed to Lord Siva, doing penance for about 4,000 years. Lord Siva appeared & said that he could not fully absolve him of the curse. Instead, he would wane in 15 days, but would grow again. This is the story said for the waxing & waning of the moon, producing new moon & full moon. Dinner and over night at hotel in Rajkot.

Day 14 : Rajkot - Surat
Detailed Tour Itinerary: After early breakfast leave for Surat, over night at hotel in Surat.

Day 15 : Surat - Aurangabad via Shri Trimbakeshwar
Detailed Tour Itinerary: Leave for Aurangabad 5. Shri Trimbakeshwar is situated in the district Nashik of Maharashtra state, near this is the mountain named Brahmagiri from which the river named Godavari flows. What importance Ganga is ascribed to the North India, the same importance is given to Godavari in south India. It is the penance of the great sage Rishi Gautama that materialized on being blessed by Lord Ashutosh. Just as Ganga is known as Bhagirathi in the same way, Godavari is also known as Gautami Ganga-On the request of all the Gods, Lord Shiva resided by the river Gautami by the name Trimbakeshwar (one of the Jyotirlingas.). This Jyotirlinga named Trimbak is the one which fulfills everyone's desires. It emancipates all from their sins and miseries. Night stay at Hotel.

Day 16 : Aurangabad
Detailed Tour Itinerary: After early breakfast leave for the sight seeing of very famous Ajanta Allora caves and 6. Grishneshwar is an ancient pilgrimage site revered as the abode of one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva. It is located at a distance of 11 km from Daulatabad near Aurangabad in Maharashtra. The Lord is also known by several names like Kusumeswarar, Ghushmeswara, Grushmeswara, and Grishneswara. The Grishneswar temple was constructed by Ahilyabhai Holkar who also re-constructed the Kasi Viswanatha temple at Varanasi and the Vishnu Paada temple at Gaya. Grishneshwar is also known as Ghushmeshwar.

Day 17 : Aurangabad
Detailed Tour Itinerary: Day in Aurangabad, Night stay at hotel in Aurangabad.

Day 18 : Aurangabad - Hyderabad
Detailed Tour Itinerary: Leave for Hyderabad-Night stay at Hotel.

Day 19 : Hyderabad - Kurnool
Detailed Tour Itinerary: Leave for Srisalem - 7. Shri Mallikarjun darshan at Kurnool-This is situated on mountain named Shri Shaila by the banks of the Patal Ganga, Krishna river in the state of Andhra Pradesh of Southern India. It is also known as Kailash of the south. It is said that by merely seeing the tip of mountain one is emancipated from all his sins and worries. The person becomes free from the vicious cycle of life and death. This Jyotirlinga is situated on the divine Shiv Shaila Mountain. The architecture of the temple is very beautiful and intricate. Every year there is a fair organized on account of Mahashivratri, Just adjacent to the temple is another holy shrine of Goddess Jagdamba. Here she is known as Bhramaramba. Mallika means Parvati, while Arjuna is another name of Shiva. In this way both Shiva and Parvati reside in this linga. The people who visit this Jyotirlinga are emancipated from all their sins and fulfill all their desires. It is for the welfare and well being of one and all. overnight stay at Kurnool.

Day 20 : Kurnool - Bangalore
Detailed Tour Itinerary: Leave for Bangalore-Night stay at Hotel.

Day 21 : Bangalore - Madurai
Detailed Tour Itinerary: Leave for Madurai- Midnight leave for 8. Shri Rameshwaram for Darshan and Back to Madurai-Another Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva is situated on the peninsular tip Rameshwaram. It was Lord Rama who installed this Linga there, when he was on his way to attack Ravana he reached this place where he made a linga of sand and worshipped it. It was also believed that when Lord Rama was drinking water on the seashore there was a celestial proclamation? "You are drinking water without worshipping me". Listening to this Lord Rama made a linga of sand and worshipped it and asked to be blessed so that he could vanquish Ravana. Lord Shiva blessed him accordingly. He also requested Lord Shiva to reside eternally here so that entire mankind should benefit from it. Shiva then manifested himself are the Linga and got installed there for eternity.Night stay at Madurai.

Day 22 : Madurai
Detailed Tour Itinerary: Full day in Madurai.Visit Meenakshi temple in the afternoon, overnight at Madurai.

Day 23 : Madurai - Bangalore
Detailed Tour Itinerary: Leave for Bangalore -Night Stay at Hotel.

Day 24 : Bangalore - Sholapur
Detailed Tour Itinerary: Leave for Sholapur -Night stay at Hotel.

Day 25 : Sholapur - Pune
Detailed Tour Itinerary: Leave for Pune via Pandarpur -Night stay at Hotel.

Day 26 : Pune - Mumbai
Detailed Tour Itinerary: Leave for 9. Shri Bhimashankar - Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga is situated in the north of Pune, on the Sahayadri, by the banks of the river Bhima. It is from here that the Bhima River flows. It is believed that Lord Shiva was pleased by the devotion of a king named Bhimak of the sun Dynasty and is called the Jyotirlinga in the place. But according to the Shiv Purana the Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga is situated on the Mountain Brahmapur, district Kamrup of Assam. Lord Shiva had incarnated so that he could destroy the demons and protect his devotees and for the welfare of one and all. After darshan leave for Mumbai Night Stay at Hotel.

Day 27 : Mumbai
Detailed Tour Itinerary: Full Day in Mumbai - Night Stay at Hotel.

Day 28 : Mumbai
Detailed Tour Itinerary: Ontime transfer to airport to connect flight for onward destination 
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Shiva pierced the three worlds as a huge endless pillar of light, the jyotirlinga. Vishnu and Brahma split their ways to downwards and upwards respectively to find the end of the light in either directions. Brahma lied that he found out the end, while Vishnu conceded his defeat.
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