Nageshwara jyotirlinga is one of the twelve jyotirlingas where Lord Shiva manifested himself into our physical realm. This sacred place was located in the forests of Daruka known as Darukavan Demon Daruka and his wife Darukaa ruled this forest. Darukaa was a devotee of Parvati and this forest was given as a boon to her by Parvati to honor her devotion. The demon couple created havoc for the other forest dwellers. They tormented and killed many of the forest folk. Filled with fear the dwellers sought help from Rishi Aurva who was sage Bhrigu’s grandson. Aurva prayed to the Gods who came to came to fight the demons. Daruka lost the battle against the Gods and had to flee to a remote island with his clan. This island became the city of demons and they prospered there. Now they started torturing the sea travellers. They killed the sailors and drowned their ships. During one such attack, a Shiva devotee named Supriya was captured by Daruka. Supriya was imprisoned in the deep dark dungeons of the island. Supriya was a Shiva devotee. He built a linga in his prison cell and started worshipping Shiva with utmost devotion. Pleased with his worship Shiva appeared and killed all.the demons there. Supriya requested Shiva to leave his presence in the linga built, for other devotees to worship. This was Nageshwara Jyotirlinga.
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