Showing posts with label Nageshvar. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nageshvar. Show all posts

Hinduism - Where Is Nageshvar Tirtha In India?

 


In the eastern state of Gujarat, some fifteen miles northeast of the holy city of Dwaraka is a temple and sacred location (tirtha).

The temple is named after the god Shiva as the "Lord of Serpents," who is the temple's principal deity.

At Nageshvar, Shiva is represented with a linga, a pillar-shaped figure.

The Nageshvar linga is one of the twelve jyotirlingas, or Shiva's special places on the planet.

The narrative of the demon Daruk and his wife Daruka is the basis for Nageshvar's charter myth.

Daruka is Shiva's wife Parvati's ardent follower (bhakta), and with Parvati's favour, Daruka secures protection for all the other demons.

This power is used by the devils to oppress the righteous.

Shiva arrives and kills the demons as they are ready to murder one of Shiva's disciples.

Parvati has accompanied Shiva to safeguard Daruka, her devotee.

As a demonstration of their grace, Daruka persuades Shiva and Parvati to stay in Nageshvar.

Some academics think the Nageshvar linga was fostered to preserve a Shaivite presence in an important Vaishnava territory since Dwaraka is also associated with the deity Krishna.


~Kiran Atma


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