Story of Rameshwar Jyotirlinga

 There is a legend about Rameshwaram Jyotirlinga. That when Lord Shri Ram was going to Ayodhya after liberating Sita from Ravana's captivity, at that time he stopped and rested on the Gandhamdan mountain on the way. After resting, he came to know that the sin of destroying the sage Pulastya clan is here. To avoid this curse, they should worship Lord Shiva by establishing a Jyotirlinga at this place.   After knowing this, Lord Shri Ram requested Hanuman to go to Mount Kailash and bring Shivling. Hanuman went to Mount Kailash after receiving the orders of Lord Rama, but he could not see Lord Shiva there. On this he chanted Lord Shiva carefully. After which Lord Shiva was pleased and appeared to him. And fulfilled the purpose of Hanuman ji.   Here Hanuman ji was delayed due to penance and to please Lord Shiva. And on the other hand Lord Rama and Goddess Sita keep waiting for the auspicious time for the establishment of Shivling. Due to the fear of missing the auspicious

Virabhadra is the fierce form of Shiva


 This incarnation took place when Brahma's son Daksha organized the yajna but did not invite Lord Shiva to it.  While Daksha's daughter Sati was married to Shiva.  On learning about the Yagya, Sati also asked to go there but Shiva refused to go without invitation.  Still, Sati insisted and went there alone.  When he felt the humiliation of Shiva and himself at his father's house, he also got angry and left his body by jumping into the Yagyavedi.  When Lord Shiva came to know about this, he in anger pulled a hair from his head and slammed it on top of the mountain furiously.  From the anterior part of that hair, the great Veerbhadra appeared.

  It is also mentioned in the scriptures-

  Angry: Sudishtputa: s dhurjatirjatan tadidv halis togrochisham.

  Utkritya Rudra: Sahasotthito Hassan Gambhirnado Visarga Tam Bhuvi

  Tatolitikaya breastnuva sprshandivam.  - Shrimad Bhagwat -4/5/1

  That is, Lord Shiva, saddened by the loss of Sati's life, took a furious form, chewing his lips in anger and uprooted one of his hairs, which was glowing like lightning and flames.  Suddenly standing up, he slammed Jata on the earth with a serious sigh.  From this the great hero Virbhadra appeared.

  The Veerbhadra avatar of Lord Shiva has great importance in our lives.  This incarnation gives us the message that we should use the power only where it is utilized properly.  There are two classes of heroes - gentle and indecent heroes.

  Rama, Arjuna and Bhima were brave.  Ravana, Duryodhana and Karna were also brave but the first is the bhadra (civilized) heroic class and the second abhadra (uncivilized) brave class.  The job of civilized heroes is to always walk on the path of righteousness and help the helpless.  On the other hand, the uncivilized brave classes always follow the path of unrighteousness and harass the disabled.  Bhadra means welfare.  Therefore, the inevitability of virtuousness with valor is propounded from this incarnation."