About the 13th Jyotirlingham
Why in Australia?
The 13th Jyotirlingham is many millennia old and a self-formed Lingam.
That this shrine is here in Australia has special significance to Hinduism. In many ancient scriptures of Hinduism, a reference can be found of Australia, which has been described as a 'spiritual continent'. The Srimad Bhagavatam (chapter 20), for instance, gives a graphic description of Australia and refers to Australia as 'Kush Dweep'.
In the Kaivalya Upanishad, the invocation prayer says 'Oh Rudra (Lord shiva) who always resides on the south side of the earth please protect us from miseries'.
In Hindu scriptures there are many incarnations of the goddess Shakti, one of which is Sati. When Goddess Sati died, Lord Shiva carried her body and some of her body parts accidentally fell in different parts of the world. The known spots in India where her body parts were dropped are now well-known pilgrimage spots. It wasn’t known until recently where her spine was dropped.
Recent research in archeology supports the proposition that her spine was dropped in Australia, to what we called Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (Ayers Rock in The Olgas range). It is sacred to the Anangu people and one of Australia’s most important landmarks.
In the Shiv Veda, Australia is referred to as ‘Ashtalika’ and is described as the permanent abode of 'Astamurti Maheshwar' (Lord shiva).
Mukti-Gupteshwar the 13th Jyotirlingham
The 13th Jyotirlingam consecrated in Australia is called Mukti-Gupteshwar. Associated other names are:
Jyotirlingham, Pashupatay, Muktigupteshwaray, Minto grame, Guha Madhye, Australia
Mukti-Gupteshwar is a cave-shaped abode of Lord Shiva who is also known as Kusheshwar ('Lord of the cave').
The cave represents our cave of intellect, the inner self. It also has a very special spiritual significance in our life, given that all civilization started from caves.
The cave Mandir design of the shrine is based solely on spiritual aspects with no real architectural significance. It explores the art of geotecture which is much older than architecture. Geotecture dates to the first civilization when humans lived in caves for safety and security.
12 Jyotirlingha in India
There are 12 Jyotirlingha in India, called:
Now we explain why Mukti-Gupteshwar the 13th Jyotirlingham is in Australia.