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Yamai & Nearby Temples

Yamai devi temple

Yamai Temple


The Jyotiba premise is blessed with the presence of Mul (Origin) Maya Goddess Yamai. Earlier in South expedition, kedarnath and aundasur came across and had an extreme battle but as per the mythology the death of Aundhasur (Monster) has to happen by Goddess Yamai, Kedarnath called her as Yamai then she named as Goddess Yamai. Shree Goddess Yamai killed aundhasur and cleared the way of Kedarnath towards south. This is happened in Aundh village in Satara District. To kill Aundhasur Goddess Mulmaya Yamai revealed herself on Kanthgiri Mountain hence it is called as Mulgiri. After finishing the south expedition, Kedarnath went back to the Himalayas. At that time Goddess Mahalaxmi convinced Kedarnath and established a kingdom by crowning the King of Deccan Shree Jyotiba. For this ceremony Shree Mahalaxmi forgot to invite Goddess Yamai. So Goddess Chopdai noticed this to the Kedarnath. Then Kedarnath convinced Goddess Yamai. After a few years Goddess Yamai felt bad that Kedarnath always come to meet her. So she said to kedarnath that I will appear in Chafe Van (Forest) at Wadi Ratnagiri. So in Chaitra (March-April) Month of spring season Goddess Yamai appeared in Champak Van (Forest). Later on, As usual Shree Kedareshvar went to meet Goddess Yamai with their paraphernalia on Full moon of Chaitra Month. When Jamadgni killed Goddess Renuka in Krut era, at that time Jamadgni had requested Shree Jyotiba to get together him with Goddess Renuka. That remembered Nath and married jamadgni with Goddess Renuka means Shree Yamai by separating the Jamadgni from his form. This is how Jamadgni and Yamai again came together. On a day of Main Chaitra Festival the Sasan Reeds and palanquin of Shree Jyotiba with procession and paraphernalia goes to meet Goddess Yamai.

Outside Temples

Datta mandir

Rameshvar Temple

Rameshwar Temple is situated at the west side of Jyotiba temple. Shree Jyotiba’s palanquin sits on a platform next to this temple. Rameshwar (Ramalinga) Temple was built in 1780 by Malji Nikam Panhalkar.

Shree Datta Temple

Paduka of Balavdhut Shree Datta an incarnation of Bramha, Vishnu and Mahesh are presented in this Temple premises. When Shree Dattaguru came for darshan of Shree Jyotiba they wished to stay at this place. So they lived under the Tree of Audumbar on South side of the temple. Now, At the same place Scindiya trust of Gwalior built the beautiful temple of Shree Datta.

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Twelve Jyotirlingas nearby Jyotiba Temple


1. Badrikedar

(Mahadev Temple – Jyotiba )

Place of Origin: Kedarnath - Himalaya

After the end of the incarnation of Kedarnath, he was crowned as a king. After that Shri Kedarnath established his Asht Pradhan (Ashtabhairvaras) in premises of the temple. Along with this, he has established Badrikedar linga by Kaalbhairav in the memory of the original manifestation of the Himalaya and worshiped him in the presence of all the gods and goddesses. The feature of this Linga is that it is East-facing.

2. Kashi Vishwanath

(Mahadev Temple - Jyotiba)

Place of origin: Vishveshwar - Varanasi

Varanasi (Kashi) is the original place of Shri Kala Bhairav, the commander of King Kedarnath. This Linga has been established to remind Kashi Vishwanath, the chief god of Kashi region and to remember the region of Kashi. Kashi Vishwanath has been established by Kalbhairava itself, and this Linga is also East-facing. The feature of this Linga is that there is no Nandi in front of this. There are many features we can see in this temple.

3. Setuband Rameshwar

(Ramalinga temple in Jyotiba premises)

Original place: Tamilnadu

Shri Kedarnath's supreme devotee Gomaji Sawant expressed his desire to visit Chardham Yatra and 12 Jyotirlingas to Shree Kedarnath. At that time, Kedarnath established the Setuband Rameshwar as promised to Kivat and in the memory of Ram. The Ramalinga (Rameshwar) was established at the backside of the platform where the Kedarnath palanquin sits in the premises of Shree Jyotiba temple.

4. Onkarammaleshwar

(Kekhale Ganesh Bagh)

Place of Origin: Vidyanachal - Madhya Pradesh

This Linga is established on the southwest side of Ganesh Mandir. The feature of this Linga is that the shape of Maingiri Mountain is like Onkaram. Three letters of holy word OM. Are A, U & M again remain one sound which can be pronounced but can’t write that called as “Ardhmatra” this ling is that Ardhmatra. So this Lingas (Tirthas) is called Onkar Mamleshwar. There is a huge crowd of devotees on Vinayak Chaturthi, Sankasht Chaturthi, Ganesh Chaturthi and special Angarki Sankashti.

5. Mahakaleshwar - Nandkeshwar

(in front of Sri Yamai temple)

Place of Origin: Ujjain - Madhya Pradesh

After killing Raktbhoj Monster Shree kedarnath established the Mahakaleshvar Linga (Tirth). On the occasion of Navratri there is daily Aarati performed in front of this Tirtha. The feature of Nandikeshvr Linga is that it is east facing and there is a nandi in front of Linga.

6. Karpureshwar

(Jyotiba on the edge of Karpurtirtha)

Place of Origin: Shri Ghruneshwar-Verul-Aurangabad

It is found in the ancient texts that the temple of Karpureshvar on Jyotiba Mountain is east-facing, where there was a beautiful area and a flower garden. Shree Adishakti Charpat Amba constructed this tirtha in the same place. This sacred pilgrimage is being worshiped in the Navaratri festival and the worship of Karpureshvar is done by devotion.

7. Trimbakeshwar

(Ninai Temple in Giroli village)

Place of Origin: Nashik

Monster called Sindhuraj was living on the Neil Mountains on east side of jotiba. Since this giant is mighty and powerful, the Rishi Muni, who is suffering from his atrocities, requested the Kedarnath, which was held at Battis Shirala. Then Kedarnath appointed his army chief Kalbhairav and Gandabhairav on the campaign. They came here and killed Sindhu Raj Monster with the help of Ninai (Nilai) goddess and established various villages there. Trimbakeshwar Linga was established in front of the temple of Nine Devi.

8. Aundhya Nagnath

( Inside of Pandava Caves at Pohale)

Place of Origin: Nagnath - Parbhani

Shri Kedarnath established this Aundhya Nagnath Linga in the Pandav caves of the uninterrupted and dense forest near the Jyotiba Mountains. Also, Shree Kedarnath established Goddess Jugai on the east side of this pilgrimage place, along with the God Maruti on south of Pohale village. The Aundhya Nagnath shrine is considered to be very awakening and devotees throng to sight this on every Monday of Shravan Month.

9. Sorati Somnath

( Narande Tal: Hatkanangle Nagnath Darukvan)

Place of Origin: Saurashtra, Gujarat

Kedarnath established the Linga of Sorathi Somnath in Narande village in Hatkanangle taluka, about twenty kilometers east of Wadi Ratnagiri hill. This Nagnath shrine was established for the devotee Goma Sawant in Daruk Forest at Narande Village.

10. Parli Vaijnath

(Siddhoba hill in Sadale-Madale)

Place of Origin: Shri Vaijnath - Beed

Parli Vaijnath shrine is situated on hill of the north-eastern side of Sadle village and eastern side of Jyotiba Mountain. On the request of Kedarnath, the Vaijnath Shrine was established on the hill of Sadale. The shape of this hill is similar to Shivling. Many Siddhapurush and Rishis have lived here.

11. Shree Shailya Mallikarjuna

(Near Jyotiba Gaymukh Lake)

Place of Origin: Karnool Andhra Pradesh

Mallikarjuna Tirtha is an awakening and bright sacred place from twelve jyotirlingas. For the amelioration of Devotee Goma Sawant, Shree Kedarnath established these twelve Jyotirlingas on same place of Gaymukh pilgrimage. So on this pilgrimage Goma Sawant had revelation of Twelve Jyotirlingas.

12. Bhimashankar

( Dankini Pilgrimage on Jyotiba Mountain )

Place of Origin: Bhimashankar, Pune

The King of Deccan Shree Jyotiba has established this Bhimashankar Linga on the Dankini Pilgrimage at Shree Jyotiba Mountain. On the west side of this pilgrimage, many holy places are found in the form of Shakti (Goddesses). The feature of this Linga is that it is an awakening pilgrimage.