Dwarka – Nageshvara Jyotirlinga is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas.
Mystery on correct temple
- Darukavana could be read as ‘Dwarakavana’ which would point to the Nageswara temple at Dwaraka.
- The ‘Jageswara’ temple in Almora, Uttarakhand is also identified as Nageshvara Jyotirlinga.
- Aunda nagnath – 120 km from Parli, Maharstra
- This is in ‘the Darukavana’, which is an ancient name of a forest in India. ‘Darukavana’ finds mention in Indian epics, such as Kamyakavana, Dvaitavana, Dandakavana.
- The name Darukavana, is derived from ‘daruvana’ (forest of deodar trees)
- Deodar trees have been associated with Lord Shiva in ancient Hindu texts. Hindu sages used to reside and perform meditation in deodar forests to please Lord Shiva
- The Nageswar Sivalinga is facing South, with the Gomukham facing East.
- Another specialty of this Shivalinga is that unlike the other Shivalingas, which are made of black stone and look like a neat pillar rounded off at the top, this one is made of a stone known popularly as Dwaraka Shila, which has small chakras on it.
- The shape of the linga is more or less like an oval 3 mukhi Rudraksha. This is the only Jyotirlinga where Goddess Parvati is also with Shivalinga.
- Like all Jyotirlinga, only male devotees can enter in Garbhagriha, and it is must to wear a dhoti.
- A huge very attractive statue of Lord Shiva in “Pranayam” position is visible from 3 KM distance, and Statue is 125 feet tall and 25 feet broad.
A narrative in the Shiva Purana about the Nageshvara Jyotirlinga tells of a demon named Daaruka, who attacked a Shiva devotee named Supriya and imprisoned him along with many others in his city of Darukavana, a city under the sea inhabited by sea snakes and demons. At the exhortations of Supriya, the prisoners started to chant the holy mantra of Shiva and immediately thereafter the Lord Shiva appeared and the demon was vanquished, later residing there in the form of a Jyotirlinga. The demon had a wife, a demoness named Daaruki who worshipped Mata Parvati. As a result of her penance and devotion, Mata Parvati enabled her to master the forest where she performed her devotions, and renamed the forest ‘Darukavana’ in her honour. Wherever Daaruki went the forest followed her. In order to save the demons of Darukavana from the punishment of the gods, Daaruka summoned up the power Parvati had given her. She then moved the entire forest into the sea where they continued their campaign against the hermits, kidnapping people and keeping them confined in their new lair under the sea, which was how that great Shiva devotee, Supriya, had wound up there.
The arrival of Supriya caused a revolution. He set up a lingam and made the prisoners recite the mantra “Om Namaha Shivaya” in honour of Shiva while she prayed to the lingam. The demons’ response to the chanting was to attempt to kill Supriya, though they were thwarted when Shiva appeared and handed her a divine weapon that saved her life. Daaruki and the demons were defeated and Parvati saved the remaining demons. The lingam that Supriya had set up was called Nagesha; Shiva once again assumed the form of a Jyotirlinga with the name Nageshwar, while the Goddess Parvati was known as Nageshwari. The Lord Shiva then announced that he would show the correct path to those who would worship him.
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