Located in Gujarat, Nageshwar Jyotirlinga is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas mentioned in the Shiva Puran. Shiva Puran states that Nageshwar Jyotirlinga is found in the Daarukavana which is an ancient forest which is mentioned in many of the Hindu epics.
Once upon a time there was an underwater city named Darukavana where lived a demon called Daruk. The demon had a wife named Darukaa who was a great devotee of Goddess Parvati. Parvati had granted a boon to Darukaa wherein she named the forest in which Darukaa performed her penance after her, thus the forest became Darukavana. And made Darukaa the master of the forest; wherever Darukaa went the forest followed her. Hence when the Gods attacked her demon clan she moved the entire forest under the sea to save the demons from the wrath of the Gods. One day her husband, the demon Daruk attacked a devotee of Lord Shiva called Supriya and imprisoned him in his city along with many other innocent men and women. Supriya installed a Shivalinga in the city and also requested all the prisoners to worship Lord Shiva and chant his mantra “Om Namah Shivay”. Pleased by their devotion Lord Shiva appeared in the city and rescued them from the demon. Daruk and the demons were defeated and Parvati saved the rest of the demons from Shiva’s wrath. The Shivalinga installed by Supriya was called Nagesha and it became the tenth lingam. Shiva assumed the form of a Jyotirlinga and became Nageshwar while Parvati became Nageshwari. Lord Shiva then announced that he would guide anyone who worshipped him at Nageshwar onto the correct path.
There is some controversy as to the actual location of the Nageshwar Jyotirlinga. The name “Daarukavana” is derived from “daaruvana” (forest of Deodar trees). Hence some people believe that the Shiva temple in Almora in Uttarakhand is the actual Nageshwar Jyotirlinga as since times immemorial Shiva devotees have worshipped Shiva under Deodar trees in the Himalayan ranges.
The nearest airport is at Jamnagar while the nearest railway stations are Dwaraka and Okha. Nageshwar Jyotirlinga can be easily covered while visiting Dwaraka & Somnath. On this trip you can also visit Bhalka Teerth, the place where Shri Krishna breathed his last, Bet Dwaraka and the Sasan-Gir wildlife safari.
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