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Nageshwara Jyotirlinga

(Ref: Shiva Purana - Koti Rudra Samhita - 29 to 30)

Shiva Nageshwar JyotirlingaMeditation: I meditate on devotee Supriya worshipping Lord Shiva at Darukavana, surrendering for protection against demon Duruka; and appearance of Lord Shiva (Nageshwara) giving the Pashupata astra to Supriya to vanquish the demons.

Story of demon Daruka: There was a demon called Daruka who lived with his wife Darukaa and other demons in a vast forest (Darukavana) spreading over sixteen yojanas on the western coast of the ocean. Demoness Darukaa obtained a boon from Devi Parvati, because of which wherever she moved in the forest, that part became full of trees and other requisites. Daruka was of evil nature and harassed people by destroying their yagnas.

Aurva rishi curses the demons: The noble people who were terrorised by the demons took refuge with sage Aurva and requested him to protect them. Sage Aurva pronounced a curse on the demons that if they try to kill the people on the earth, they will themselves be killed inspite of them being powerful. The gods came to know of this curse and taking this opportunity started preparing for a war with the demons.

Demoness Darukaa carries the entire forest within the ocean: The demons came to know of the intention of the gods and became worried. In case they fight, they will perish; in case they do not fight, they will still perish. In case they stay as they are, what shall they eat? When they were thus worried, demoness Darukaa told them that she has a boon from Devi Parvati by means of which she can carry the entire forest wherever she liked. Then she carried the entire forest within the ocean. Due to the curse of sage Aurva, the demons did not return on earth, but roamed about on the surface of water. They used to harass the sailors.

Daruka imprisons Supriya, a devotee of Shiva: Once, several boats arrived there. The demons made the people captive and imprisoned them in their city. The leader of those people was Supriya, a vaishya and a great devotee of Shiva. Inside the jail, he worshipped Lord Shiva in a Parthiva Linga. He also taught other people how to worship Shiva.

Shiva appears to protect Supriya: In this manner six months passed worshipping Lord Shiva. Then one day Daruka came to know of this and enquired Supriya about the object of his meditation. Supriya said he knew nothing. Daruka became angry and ordered the demons to kill Supriya. Supriya closed his eyes and meditated on Lord Shiva. Shive appeared from within a pit and gave the Pashupata astra to Supriya. Supriya killed all the demons with it. Thus Shiva protected his devotees.

Shiva grants a boon to the forest: Shiva then granted a boon to the forest that the four castes (Brahmanas, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and Shudras) will flourish in that forest. Excellent sages and devotees of Shiva will live there and not persons of tamashika nature.

Parvati grants a boon to demoness Darukaa: In the meantime, demoness Darukaa who was a devotee of Devi Parvati invoked the goddess through hymns. Devi Parvati appeared and gave her a boon that her race will be protected.

Conflict between the boons of Shiva and Parvati: There was a mild conflict between Shiva and Parvati due to their conflicting boons. However the conflict was resolved in a loving manner. Devi Parvati said that the boon of Shiva will take effect after the end of the yuga. Till then there will be tamashik creation. Else there will be a pralaya. Demoness Darukaa who is her own shakti will rule over the rakshasas, and their descendants will collectively stay in the forest.

Shiva abides in the forest: Shiva thereafter said that he would stay in the forest and lovingly protect the devotees. Then Shiva took the form of a Jyotirlinga (Nageshwara Jyotirlinga) and Parvati became known as Nageshwari. The Nageshwara Jyotirlinga fulfills all the desires of the people.

Pilgrimage: Nageshwara Jyotirlinga, Devbhoomi Dwarka district, Gujarat Aundha Nagnath Jyotirlinga, Hingoli district, Maharashtra Jageshwar Mahadev Temple, Almora district, Uttarakhand Nageshwara Jyotirlinga, Devbhoomi Dwarka district, Gujarat Nageshwara Jyotirlinga is identified with three temples:
1. Nageshwar temple in the Devbhoomi Dwarka district of Gujarat.
2. Aundha Nagnath temple in the Hingoli district of Maharashtra.
3. Jageshwar Mahadev temple in the Almora district of Uttarakhand.

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