Nageshwar Temple is one of the 12 jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, the holiest of holy shrines of Lord Shiva. This powerful Jyotirlinga symbolizes protection from all poisons. It is said that those who pray to the Nageshwar Linga become free of poison. It is located at Jamnagar, Gujarat, India.
There once lived a rakshasa called Daruka, who was extremely cruel and tortured the good ones. But yet he was a great devotee of Lord Siva. A Siva devotee, Supriya who was a merchant reached Darukavanam, where Daruka lived with his wife Daruki while sailing with his goods. Daruka asked Supriya to teach him the path of devotion to Siva, the norms of performing pooja, and penance. Fearing that Daruka would use any additional powers gained by such penance, to bad use, Supriya refused to guide him. The enraged Daruka began to torture Supriya. Supriya however was staunch is his faith in the Lord and was unmoved by any torture. Lord Siva was pleased and appeared and killed the demon Daruka. Daruki, Darukas wife, now started giving even more trouble than her husband. Siva vanquished her too and gives darshan to his devotees at this place as Nageshwar.
This Jyotirlinga manifestation of Shiva is worshipped as Nageswar Temple. Two other sites in India, one near Audhgram near Purna in Andhra Pradesh and another near Almora in Uttar Pradesh also enshrine temples to Nageswara Jyotirlingam.
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Nageshwar Mahadev Sivalingam is facing South while the Gomugam is facing east. There is a story for this position. A devotee by name Naamdev was singing bhajans in front of the Lord. Other devotees asked him to stand aside and not hide the Lord. To this Naamdev asked them to suggest one direction in which the Lord does not exist, so that he can stand there. The enraged devotees carried him and left him on the southside. To their astonishment, they found that the Linga was now facing South with the Gomugam facing east.
- Affiliation: Hinduism
- District: Devbhumi Dwarika
- Deity: Shiva
- Festivals: Maha Shivaratri
- Entry Fee: Free
- Best Time to Visit: March and October
- Darshan Timings: 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM
|Darshan||6 AM||9 PM|
|Shringar Darshan||4 PM||4:30 PM|
|Shayan Aarti||7 PM||7:30 PM|
|Nightly Aarti||9 PM||9:30 PM|
Astonishing Facts About the Temple:-
- The significance of the Nageshwar temple is that this powerful Jyotirlinga protects the devotees from all kinds of poison. Devotees also believe that the one who prays to the lord becomes free of poison i.e.negativities.
- The lingam at Nageshwar is unique as it consists of a stone popularly known as the Dwarka Stone.
- The Lingam is an oval Rudraksha with three faces. Rudrakhsa is said to be the tears of Lord Shiva.
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How To Reach?
The nearest airport is Jamnagar which is about 137 km from temple. One can take a taxi or a bus from there to the temple.
Dwarka is a station on the Ahmedabad-Okha broad gauge railway line, with trains connecting it to all the major cities . The railway station is about 18 km from temple. Devotees can hire a taxi to the temple or take a bus.
Dwarka is on the state highway from Jamnagar to Dwarka. Direct buses available from Jamnagar and Ahmedabad.
Where To Stay
DDS run Dwarkadhish Athithi Gruh,
The online booking price of the hotel ranges from Rs 300 to Rs 500 per night. The hotel offer 16 rooms. No of Rooms: 16
Dining facility: Yes
Nr. ISKON Gate, Dwarka.
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