Gujarat – Sri Nageshwarar Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Nageshwarar Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Nageshwar

Ambal: Parvathi

Stahala Theertham : Gomathi river

Sthalapuranam:

There is a popular legend, related to Nageshwar Jyotirlinga. According to the legend, there was a businessman with an immeasurable faith in god and karma. He was highly devoted to Lord Shiva. Despite being busy in his business and work, whatever spare time he used to get, he exhausted it in praying, adoring, and serving Lord Shiva. Seeing his devotion in Lord Shiva, a monster names Darukk got angry .Being a monster in nature, he was never in favour of Lord Shiva and in fact hated him.

That demo, always looked for an opportunity, to disrupt merchant’s devotion. One day that merchant was going in a boat for some business purpose. The monster saw this, and with the found opportunity he attacked the merchant’s boat and took all the travellers to the capital and imprisoned them.

Even in the prison, the merchant use to pray Lord Shiva constantly. When the demon, got to know about it, he got aggressive and visited the merchant in prison, in the spirit of angle. The merchant was meditating at that time .The monster, started to resent at the merchant in that state only. When the demon saw, that his resentment is not affecting the merchant at all, he instructed his slaves to kill the merchant. Even this instruction could not act as a barrier to his meditation. The merchant kept on praying for his and his fellow people’s liberation. Lord Shiva was pleased with this devotion, and appeared in the prison in the form of Jyotirlinga and gave Pashupata, a weapon to the merchant, to protect himself. He killed Rakshas Darukk, and his disciples from the weapon given by Lord Shiva. Since then this Jyoitirlinga is established there, and was named Nageshwar.

Present Temple was renovated by Late Gulshan Kumar. He initiated the work in 1996 and his family completed the work after his assassination. The entire project cost Rs.1.25 crores. Gulshan Kumar Charitable Trust bore the entire expense of the project. Nageshwar Temple is visible from a distance of 2 km. A huge, attractive statue of Lord Shiva in meditation pose greets devotees outside the temple. It’s a 125 feet high and 25 feet broad statue. Main entrance is simple but beautiful. First is a hall or sabha mandap, where the Puja material counters are located. The Jyotirlinga is in a basement type sanctum. Main Jyotirlinga is situated below the sabhamandap floor. The Jyotirlinga is moderately big and shalunka is plated with silver. A silver replica of Nag (snake) is also placed. Behind the Jyotirlinga there is an idol of Goddess Parvati. At Nageshwar Jyotirlinga, only male devotees can enter and perform puja in Garbhagriha. They have to wear a dhoti. No one knows the reason for this male only practice.

The temple is visited by thousands of pilgrims every year. The Jyotirlinga situated in the temple is considered to protect everybody from all sorts of poisons. It is believed that one who offers prayers in the temple becomes poison free. The temple is located between Dwarka Island in Gujarat on the coast of Surat. According to the legends, a devotee called Supriya was attacked by a demon named Daaruka in a boat.

The demon imprisoned the devotee and several others in his capital called Daarukaavana. It is believed that Lord Shiva appeared in the form of Jyotirlinga and rescued the imprisoned and vanquished the demon. The Shivalingam in the temple faces South with the Gomugam facing East. There is a legend regarding the position of the idol. It is believed that a devotee called Naamdev was singing bhajans in praise of Lord Shiva and was asked by other devotees to stand aside and not to hide the image of Lord. On being asked to do so Naamdev argued and asked for one such direction where Lord is not present, this angered the devotees and they picked him up and placed him on the south side. To everyone’s astonishment even the Linga was then facing South with the Gomugam facing east. The other two temples dedicated to Nageshwar Jyotirlinga are situated near Audhgram near Purna and another near Almora in Uttar Pradesh. There are many more Jyotirlinga in India, named as Nageshwar Jyotirlinga. There have been many beliefs related to this fact. Jyotirlinga in Hyderabad and Andhra Pradesh is also famously known as Nageshwar Jyotirlinga. In Almoda, Jageshwar Shivalinga, is also popularly called Nageshwar Jyotirlings by the devotees. But in Shivapuran, the Jyotirlinga established in Dwarka is the only one considered as Nageshwar Jyotirlinga. According to many religious scriptures, Nagesh Dwarkavne is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. This place today is well known as Jageshwar.

Recently some scholars found complementary evidences of the name Nageshwar from Hindu scriptures. Nag means snake. Panini, the famous grammatologist of 5th century BC has mentioned in his book Ganapatha that the region was known as Kutch, Saurastra and Anarta was the land of snakes. They were denizens of patallok and they used to come in this region. Nag girls were known for their beauty. Hindu scriputres narrate that King Yadu of Yadu clan fame was married to a Nag girl. Skand Puran mentions that the King Raivat of Kushsthali was an avtaar of Takshak Nag and he ruled over this region. Interestingly, Dwarka is also known as Kushsthali in Hindu scriptures.

Route:

There is regular bus service from Jamnagar, Rajkot and other nearby towns connected to Dwarka. Dwarka is a station on the Ahmedabad-Okha broad gauge railway line connected to Jamnagar, Rajkot (217 kms) and Ahmedabad (378 kms).  Jamnagar, 145 kms away, is the nearest airport.

Temple Timings:

5:00 Am to 9:00Pm

Temple Address:

Sri Nageshwarar Temple

Dwaraka

Jamnagar

Gujarat

 

 

Omkareswar – Sri Omkareswar Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Omkareswar Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 Years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Omkareshwar

Ambal: Parvathi

Sthala Theertham: Narmada River

Sthalapuranam:

It is said that once, sage Narada, during one of his earthly travels, sang the praise of Mount Meru’s magnificence to Mount Vindhya. Jealous of the praise, Mount Vindhya prayed to Lord Siva for more splendor than Meru. Lord Shiva blessed Vindhya with the boon of perpetual growth on the condition that it would not hinder his devotes with its growth. However, Vindhya soon forgot the condition and grew so much that it hid the sun and the moon. The devotees then approached Saint Agasthya for help, who tricked Vindhya into not growing any further. The Jyotirlingas that Shiva had placed near Vindhya as a sign of his boon then came to be known as Omkareshwar and Mamleshwar. The Omkareshwar temple is built in stone and boasts of extraordinary construction and a highly regarded extravagant style. There are various other stories also related to the history of this temple. The second story is about King Mandhata’s penance and the severe austerities he practiced for Lord Shiva. It is said that Mandhata, along with his two sons, meditated with all his might till Shiva manifested himself as a Jyotirlinga and came to the king. No wonder then that the mountain is called Mandhata in honour of this great king. Another story talks about a great war that broke out between the Gods and the Demons in which the Demons ultimately won. Thus defeated, the Gods all prayed to Shiva who appeared at this spot in the form of Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga and rose out of the ground to defeat the demons.

Omkareshwar is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This sacred island, shaped like the holiest of Hindu symbols ‘Om’, is about 2km long and 1km wide. Omkareshwar Temple is situated on the mountain Mandhata by the banks of Narmada River in Malva, Madhya Pradesh which is 77km away from Indore. The temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva which are spread throughout India and is closely linked with the Mamleshwar Temple which is situated on the southern end of the Narmada River. It is said that both Omkareshwar and Mamleshwar are two halves of the same ancient Linga that Lord Shiva had himself created and then divided into two. Here, at the banks of Narmada, devouts gather to kneel before the Jyotirlinga at the temple of Shri Omkar Mandhata. And here, as in so many of Hindu shrines, the works of nature complement those of man to provide a setting that is awe-inspiring and magnificent. The shrine follows a North Indian style of stone-architecture and is embellished with beautiful carvings in the support structure

Apart from the main shrine, other major temples like Siddhanath Temple, Satmatrika temple, etc are great places to visit while you are here. A fresco of elephants, carved on a stone slab, is also a major draw on account of being a classic example of early medieval Brahmanatic architecture. The best time to visit the temple is during the major festivals dedicated Lord Shiva. Shivratri, believed to be the birthday of Lord Shiva, is the main day when one should visit this temple. For this festival, Shiva is decorated in the most exquisite and elaborate manner and the entire place echoes of religious hymns and incantations

The white dome which is made of soft soap stone is the major attraction of the temple. The beauty of the temple is its tower which is built on the ancient Nagara pattern, and consists of 5 distinct layers, that features the image of various Hindu Gods. A visit to the temple can take you to the glorious times of the 17th century when temples were not merely places of worship; they were destinations for instilling faith and awe amongst people and places of self-reflection. This temple lives up to all these expectations and hence is a major religious site for Hindus all over the world

Route:

Omkareshwar is connected to Indore, Ujjain, Khandwa and Omkareshwar Road by regular bus services including Volvo buses and private buses the nearest airport, Indore – 77 km from the shrine, is connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Bhopal and Gwalior with regular flights, Nearest railhead is Omkareshwar Road on the Ratlam-Khandwa section of the Western Railways.

Temple Timings:

5 am to 9.35 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

07280 – 271228

Temple Address:

Sri Omkareswar Temple

Omkareswar District

Khandaw

Madhya Pradesh