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Nageshvara Jyotirlinga

Nageshvara Jyotirlinga is a Jyotirlinga shrine that stands as one of the 12 such shrines, as mentioned in the Shiva Purana. Nageshvara is known to be the first ever Jyotirlinga in the world. You can come across major shrines all over the country that are identical to the Jyotirlinga.

Nageshvara Jyotirlinga

About Nageshvara Jyotirlinga

According to the Shiv Mahapuran, Vishnu and Brahma argued in terms of supremacy of creation. Shiva, to test them pierced three worlds as endless pillar of light, the jyotirlinga. Brahma and Vishnu split their ways to find the end of light in both directions. Brahma lied that he found the end and Vishnu conceded the defeat. Shiva became the second light pillar and cursed Brahma that he would get no place in ceremonies worshipping Vishnu. Jyotirlinga is known to be the part less supreme reality, from where Shiva appears partly. Jyotirlinga shrines are thus the areas where Shiva appeared as fiery light column.

Popular Belief about Nageshvara Jyotirlinga

It is believed that there are 64 Jyotirlingas in total, while 12 of them are said to be highly auspicious and holy. In each of the sites is the primary image of lingam that represents the endless and beginningless Stambha pillar that symbolizes infinite nature of Shiva. Among the 12 Jyotirlingas, Somnath is in Gujarat.

The temple is visited by thousands of devotees and pilgrims from different parts of the world. Jyotirlinga in the temple is known to contain poison that protects everyone from all kinds of poisons. There is a popular belief that whoever offers prayers here becomes poison free. Rudra Samhita sloka that refer to Nageshwar comes with the phrase "Daarukaavane Naagesham'.

Structure of Nageshvara Jyotirlinga

The temple faces south while the Gomugam faces the east. There is a common belief that a devotee named Naamdev while singing Bhajans in front of Lord Krishna, others asked him to stand aside rather than hiding the Lord. Naamdev then asked them to suggest a direction where Lord did not exist. The devotees took him and left him on the southern side. They were astonished to find the Linga facing south and the Gomugam in the east.


Important Information About Nageshvara Jyotirlinga

Location of Nageshvara Jyotirlinga:
It is located on the path between Dwarka city and the island Beyt Dwarka, at Saurashtra coast.

Best Time to Visit Nageshvara Jyotirlinga:
The winter months from October to March are the best time to visit Nageshwar Jyothirlinga Temple. The temperature remains pleasant and ranges from 20 to28 degree centigrade.

Timings: For darshan the temple is open in the morning from 7:00 am to 12:30 pm and 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm in the evening.

Trivia!
The Linga of the temple faces South and the Gomugam on the east.

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