The Nageshvara Jyotirlinga is one among the 12 Jyotirlingas spread all across the country. As per the writings in the Shiva Purana, the Nageshvara Jyotirlinga is located in the Darukavana, a place that happens to be the name of an ancient forest in the country, and has often been mentioned in popular Indian epics like the Kamyakavana, the Dandakavana, and the Dvaitavana.
The history of the Nageshvara Jyotirlinga, as per the narration written in the Shiva Purana dates back to ages, wherein it is said that once upon a time there lived a demon named Daaruka, who had attacked and kidnapped a long list of people, alongside a strong Shiva devotee named Supriya, in the city of Darukavana, which then used to be a place inhabited only by demons and sea snakes. The people who the demon Daaruka along with his demoness wife Daaruki had kidnapped grew panicky after all the torment, and that is when Supriya, in his urgent devotion and religious faith on Lord Shiva, encouraged all the prisoners to begin chanting the devotional phrase ‘’Om NamahShivaya’’ constantly. Once they started doing so, Lord Shiva himself had arrived at the spot, saving all the prisoners along with Supriya, and vanquished the evil Daaruka, and took a form as a jyotirlinga there with the name of Nageshvar, conveying to everyone that whoever will worship him, he will always be there to help them and show them the right path to life. Thus, the lingam came to be known as the Nageshvara Jyotirlinga, and in fact, Lord Shiva’s wife Goddess Parvati came to be known as Nageshvari there.
After a lot of research and cross-check of facts, it is said that the place of Darukavana, as on present day falls in the holy city of Dwarka, located in the north western state of Gujarat in India. Even in this jyotirlinga temple, it is the popular Hindu festival of Mahashivaratri, which is considered to be the main festival here and celebrated in full spirits all day and night long, in full spirits with a lot of grandeur, especially since many pilgrims and tourists visit the place at that time of the year.
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