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Nageshwar Temple or Nagnath Temple is located on the route between Gomati Dwarka and the Bait Dwarka Island on the coast of Saurashtra in Gujarat. The Jyotirlinga enshrined in the Temple of Nagnath is known as Nageshwar Mahadev and attracts thousands of pilgrims all round the year. This powerful Jyotirlinga symbolizes protection from all poisons. It is said that those who pray to the Nageshwar Linga become free of poison. The Rudra Samhita sloka refers to Nageshwar with the phrase 'Daarukaavane Naagesham'.

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Nageshwar is the Lord of the Cobras. This refers to the cobra that is permanently ensconced around Shiva’s neck. Therefore, not surprisingly, this Jyotirlinga offers protection from all poisons and praying at the Nageshwar Linga leads to a poison-free mind and body.

The Nageshwar Shiv Ling!!!
The newly built temple!!!
Hara Hara Mahadev @ Nageshwar Temple !!!
The Arabian Sea @ Dwaraka !!!

Normally lingams are made from black stone and resemble pillars rounded at the top. The lingam at Nageshwar is, however, unique. It is made from a stone known popularly as Dwarka Stone, which has small wheel imprints on it. The lingam is shaped like a three-faced oval Rudraksha, which literally means the tears of Shiva.

The lingam has a “gomugam”, which collects the milk and water ablutions and canalizes them away. Usually the lingam and gomugam face in the same direction, but not so in the Nageshwar temple. Initially both faced east according to legend. Once a devotee named Namdev was singing hymns in front of the lingam. The other devotees were obstructed and asked him to move aside. Namdev then stood to the south of the lingam. To the astonishment of everyone only the lingam turned south to face Namdev, while the gomugam continued to point eastwards.

The Legend of Nageshwar:

Pandavas came here during their Vanvas (life in forests) build a hermitage for themselves. Their cows used to go to the same river bank to drink water. After drinking wate, 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 te river. The middle part of the river was so hot that the water there was boiling.

Bheema lifted his mace attacked the river thrice. The water gave way instantly. At the very moment , instead, blood started oozing like a spring. Lord Shankara’s Linga could be seen as the JyotirLinga.

On the west coast in an area of 16 Yojanas Daruka and Daruk need to live. The hermits 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 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 worshipping Shiva. He continued to do Puja even while in prison.

When the guards informed their chief about his, 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 boon to Daruka. As a result, at the end of that era, only Demons would be created and she would rule Daruka. Lord Shiva accepted this. Then Shiva and Parvati stayed there. Shiva once again assumed the form of JyotirLinga, with the name Nageshwar and Parvati was known as Nageshwari.

How to Reach:

  • Airport :Nearest Airport is Jamnagar (146 Kms.)
  • Railhead : Dwarka is directly connected to Jamnagar, Rajkot, Ahmedabad and Bombay.
  • Road : State transport buses and luxury coaches are available from different parts of Gujarat. Private Taxis, Autorickshaws, Tongas are available for local transport.

History of the Temple :

Aurangazeb, the Mughal emperor, was notorious for destroying Hindu temples. He tried to have the Nageshwar temple destroyed as well. Thousands of bees emerged from the temple forcing Aurangazeb to leave the demolition work midway. The devotees later rebuilt the broken temple.


Other Places :

Dwarakadeesh Temple-click to visshwait Dwaraka

Travel Tips:

The Rukhmini Devi Temple of Dwaraka!!!
After visiting Dwaraka Temple one can hire private vehicle or state bus service is available, to visit Rukhmini Devi Temple, Nageshwar Temple, Betty takes some four five hours for complete trip of Dwaraka...

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Visitors Comments

20 Jun 2012, 12:49
In the month of March 2013 I may visit Aundha Nagnath. Only then I will give you further comments on Nageswara.
20 Jun 2012, 10:05
wouldn't it be staggering to be winaklg along and come across one of bill dan's structures? they are so whimsical, like come-alive creators dancing!thanks for all the "perks": for the love of stones, and getting to blurb! for you, stone woman:"LET US LOOK FOR SECRET THINGSSOMEWHERE IN THE WORLD, ON THE BLUE SHORE OF SILENCEOR WHERE THE STORM HAS PASSED,RAMPAGING LIKE A TRAIN."i'm copying this from a collage i did with stones and this quote in 2006..didn't credit the quote, but they must be our muse neruda!
Govind Narain Agrawal
26 Apr 2012, 15:42
When I had visited Dwaraka and bhent Dwaraka in 1982 this temple was not shown by the tour management. It mean it was of no importance at that time. It shows it is not the original Nagnath temple. Nagnath temple is in aundha. I think it is a buisyness stunt only.
18 Aug 2010, 15:56

There is no much rush at the temple generally and you can book for pooja after reaching there...
17 Aug 2010, 14:16
we would get temple phone no as we can make out pooja date fixed so will get it conform when will come over tre
Gaurav Deosthali
25 Jun 2009, 18:43
We visited the place during diwali vacation of 2008. We was stiff by seeing the tall statue of lord shiva. When we visited the inside part of temple we was so happy and we was having the inner satisfaction. We pray to lord shivlinga thanking him to allow us to come to this sacred place.

We still remember the golden moments of the journey.

11 Mar 2009, 14:12
Few people consider it is in Andhra....
11 Mar 2009, 12:55
it is said that this is not a jyothirlinga
darukavanaj.linga is different. is it right