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 time, Goddess Janaki duly made a linga of sand and established it.


  After a few moments after the establishment of Shivling, Hanuman ji arrived with the linga from Shankar ji, he was both sad and surprised. Hanuman ji insisted that only the Shivling brought by him should be installed. On this, Lord Rama said that you should first remove the already established sand Shivling, after that the Shivling brought by you will be installed.


  Hanuman ji tried to remove the Shivling with all his might, but he was unsuccessful. Instead of moving the sand Shivling from its place, Hanuman ji bled. Seeing this condition of Hanuman ji, Mother Sita started crying. And Lord Rama explained to Hanuman ji that because of the sin you committed to remove the Shivling from its place, he had to face this physical pain.


  Hanuman ji apologized to Lord Rama for his mistake and the Shivling which Hanuman ji had brought from Mount Kailash. It was also installed nearby. Lord Rama named this linga as Hanumandishwar. Both these Shivlings have been praised by Lord Shri Ram himself through many scriptures.

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