8 SHRI NAGANATH JYOTIRLINGE



When Dakshaprajapati held a Mahayagna, he did not invite Shankara for it. Parvati could not tolerate this slight. She jumped into the Yagnakunda of the holy fire and gave up her life. This made Shankara very unhappy and sorrowful. He started to wander in the forests. He reached a huge ravine called Amardaka and began to live there.

Even here, he had to face some insults. As a result, he felt dejected and turned his body into ashes. After some time, Pandavas came there during their Vanvas (life in forests) build a hermitage for themselves. Their cows used to go to the same riverbank to drink water. After drinking water, milk used to automatically flow into the river as if the cows were offering to the river. One day Bhima saw this miraculous event. He promptly told Dharmaraja about the same. Then Dharmaraja said, "Surely, some great god must be living in this river' "Then the Pandavas started removing the water from the river. The middle part of the river was so hot that the water there was boiling.

On the west coast in an area of 16 Yojanas Daruka and Daruk need to live. The hermites were tired of being harassed by Daruk, and others. So they went and sought refuge with Orvamuni, who in turn cursed the Demons that they would be destroyed. The Devas launched an attack on the Demons. Now, the Demons began to worry. Daruka, who received some special boons from Parvati, lifted the entire forest, took it away on the path of the sky and put it in the middle of the sea. Only then, did the Demons relax and continue to live there. They used to go by boats and capture the hermits and imprison them in the island. Once, there was a Shiva devotee by the name Supriya who was among the prisoners. He never ate food or drank water without wershipping Shiva. He continued to do Puja even while in prison. When the guards informed their chief about this, he ordered that Supriya be put to death. Then Supriya prayed to Lord Shankara for his life. The Lord appeared before him immediately and destroyed the entire group of demons including their families. The Lord laid open the entire island for all the four classes of people for living. On the other land, Parvati here granted a boom to Daruka_ As a result, at the end of that era, only Demons woul' be created and she would rule Daruka. Lord Shiva accepted this.Then Shiva and Parvati stayed put there. Shiva once again assumed the form of JyotirLinga, with the name Nageshwar and Parvati was known as Nageshwari.

The beauty architectural of the Nagesh Temple is simply exquisite. This temple is built with stones during the Pandava period is strong. The four walls of the Temple are very strong and the corridors are large. The court hall is supported by eight pillars. It is oval shaped. Both this and the Nagesha Lingamurthy is located in the small internal Garbhagriha.

Here. there is no Nandi idol in front of Mahadeva. There is separate Nandikeshwara Temple at the back of the main temple. On all the four sides of the main temple, smaller temples for the twelve Jyotrtingas are constructed. Apart from these, VedavyasaLinga, Bhandareshwar. Nilakanteshwar, Ganapati, Dattatreya, Muralimanohar, Dasavatar temple and idols etc. are there. In all, there are 108 Shiva temples and 68 shrines The structure of the Naganath Temple is very beautiful. Inside it, there is another shrine called Runamochan Teerth. Both these shrines are called "Mother-in-law -Daughter-inlaw" shrines. Every 12 years, at the time of Kapila Shashti, Kashi Ganga offering as'Padarpan" is performed. During this the water in the Teerth Kund looks crystal dear. Again at a specific time it becomes "Shivala Yukt."

Close to the Naganath temple, there are several statues of various gods. Besides these there are many more idols of animals, soldiers relating some stories. These stone idols are very beautiful to look at. At a huge comer, there is an idol of Parvati, who is sulking with Shiva trying to pacify her.This statue is amazing to look at with its stunning features. It is unmatched in its expression of emotions. The Samadhis of Anandi Maharaj and Tupkari etc., the memorial of Visoba Kochar and Namdev are also located here. The Teacher Disciple story goes somewhat like this: Once a gathering of saints was held in the house of Sant Gora Kumbhar in the year 1212, in the area of Oundhiya Naganath.


Once Namdev wanted to perform a Bhajan Kirtan in the temple of Oundhiya Naganath.He began to sing in praise of the Lord. Some old Brahmins were chanting the Rudramantra just then. They felt disturbed by Namdev's singing. They asked Namdev to go to the back of the temple and singing. ie so and singing at the backside of the Then T ha miracle happened. The Temple turned backwards. Lord Shankara turned the face of the temple backwards to be able to listen to Namdev's singing. The Brahmins felt remrseful. They went to Namdev and Legged for forgiveness.

Aurangazeb was intolerant towards other religions and wanted to destroy this Hindu Temple. When he tried, thousands of bees came out of the Temple and attacked Aurangazeb and his army. He left the demolition work midway and went away. The devotees rebuilt the broken Temple.

Sometimes snakes with their hoods open can be seen standing guard on the Naganath Linga idol. When they drink the milk left in cups for them, is never known.

Jaya Shri Naganath !! Jaya Shri Naganath !!



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