|| Shri Nageshwar Jyotirlinga ||
This famous Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva is located about 17 miles from Dwarkapuri in Gujarat province. The scriptures of the philosophy of this sacred Jyotirlinga are told in great glory. It has been said that the one who will listen to the story of its origin and greatness devoutly, will get rid of all sins and enjoy all the pleasures and in the end will attain the ultimate holy abode of Lord Shiva.
In connection with this Jyotirlinga, this story is described by the Puranas-
There was a big religious and virtuous Vaishya (buissnesman) named Supriya. He was an exclusive devotee of Lord Shiva. He was constantly engrossed in their worship, worship and meditation. He used to do all his work by offering it to Lord Shiva. With mind, speech and deeds, he was completely immersed in Shivarchan(worship of Shiva). Due to his devotion to Shiva, a demon named Daruk very aggressive with him.
He did not like this worship of Lord Shiva in any way. He constantly tried to make sure obstacles of Shiva's worship . Once, Supriya was going on a boat and going somewhere. The evil demon Daruk, seeing this opportune occasion, attacked the boat. He captured all the passengers in the boat and took him to his capital and imprisoned him. According to his routine in the Supriya prison, he started worshiping Lord Shiva.
He also began to inspire other devout travelers to Shiva devotion. When Daruk heard this news about Supriya from his servants, he became extremely angry and came to that prison. At that time, Supriya was sitting with both eyes closed at the feet of Lord Shiva. Seeing this pose of that Supriya , the Monster scolding him in a very fierce voice said- 'Hey wicked Vaishya! You are closing your eyes and thinking what there are the fuss and conspiracies here at this time? Even after he said this, the meditation of the divine Shiva devotee Supriya was not broken. Now Daruk monster got completely mad from anger. He immediately ordered his followers to kill Supriya and all the other prisoners. Supriya was not at all distracted and frightened by his order.
He started praying to Lord Shiva for the liberation of himself and other prisoners from the concentrated mind. He had full faith that my adorable Lord Shiva would definitely rid me of this disaster. Hearing his prayer, Lord Shankarji immediately appeared as a Jyotirlinga, situated on a shining throne in a high place in that prison.
In this way, he appeared to Supriya and also gave him his Pashupat-astra. With this weapon, after killing the demon Daruk and his assistant, Supriya went to Shivdham. This Jyotirlinga was named Nageshwar according to the order of Lord Shiva.
♥♥ Om Har Har Mahadev♥♥