Nageshwar Jyotirling

The Nageshwar Jyotirling temple of Dwarka is a mentionable religious shrine that is marked in the Shiva Purana. The temple here is considered to be one of the primary Jyotirling in the whole list of 12. The Jyotirling is mythological considered in the sacred books as the infinite pillar of light that Lord Shiva used to test the supremacy between Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu. It is the undivided ray of light from where Lord Shiva is believed to re-appear. The temple complex is compact and built to accommodate a fair share of pilgrims. The main idol of Shiva is worshipped with daily Aradhanas and Aartis and the idol and the idol is 25m in height.

History

The self-existence of the Nageshwar Jyotirling goes back to the stories of how the temple got is name Darakavana from the deoghar trees. The followers believe that Lord Shiva appeared here from the ray of light giving it the name. Early religious sages believed that there are 64 Shiv Jyotirling among which the Nageshwar Jyoti is one. In the Hindu Purana of the Shiva the Nageshwar Jyotirlinga is one of the 12Jyoti religious shrines.
The Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple also is believed to be about the evil sprite called Daruka. Daruka attacked a follower of Shiva named Supriya and trapped him under the sea in Darukavana, where snakes and many other demons resided. Many other humans were also taken captive in the under-water demon land. Legends say the imprisoned people led by Supriya started praying to Lord Shiva chanting his name and the Lord actually appeared to free him off their plight.

Where is it located?

The Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is located in the famous temple town of Dwarka off the state highway in Gujarat. It is 471 kilometers away from Ahmedabad city and 137 kilometers away from Jamnagar. Trains are connected to Dwarka from Surat, Rajkot and Vadodara. Jamnagar is the nearest airport with domestic flight facilities.

Ideal Visiting Time

The Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is thronged by devotees every year in huge numbers. Many pujas and ceremonial rituals are practiced every day which the followers can experience. It is open throughout the year for the devotees and can be visited anytime. The Maha Shiv Ratri is the best time to experience the grandeur occasion and reception that takes place where the Shiv Linga is bathed with milk and flowers to pay holy tribute to the Lord.

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