Nageshwar was believed to be known as ‘Darukavana’, which is an ancient epic name of a forest in India. Below is a well-known legends attached to this mystical temple .
Located on the route between Dwarka city and Beyt Dwarka Island on the coast of Saurashtra in Gujarat is this important Lord Shiva Temple. It is enshrined by one of the 12 swayambhu (self-existent) jyothirlingas in the world, in an underground sanctum. A 25 m tall statue of a sitting Lord Shiva and a large garden with a pond are major attractions of this rather serene place. Opposite to the main sanctum is a Trishul and a Nandhi.
Peoples are allowed inside the main sanctum if they pay Rs. 200 and have to buy pooja articles sold inside the temples and change to traditional dress inside the cloak room . Peoples having nagha doshas in their horoscope do pooja rituals with the help of the priests and offer silver nagas small idol (serpent) to get rid of their doshas .
The linga is surrounded by a serpent hood and is covered by a dome like structure made of glass .
There is a shrine for Sani Mahadev under the peepal tree outside the temple.
A mantap were yagna were done was outside the temple adjacent to the main sanctum.
As per legend is that according to the Shiv Purana, hundreds of years ago two demons Daruka and Daruki lived in Darukavan. Daruka was blessed by Goddess Parvati. However, he misused the blessings and terrorized the local folks. One such time, he imprisoned a local woman, Supriya. Supriya told her fellow inmates to take the name of the Lord Shiva (Om Namashivaya) and no harm would come to them. When Daruka heard this, he was enraged. He rushed to kill her but Lord Shiva appeared to protect her. As Daruka was blessed by his own wife, Goddess Parvathi, the Lord could not kill him so instead he took the form of a lingam and promised to protect Supriya and the local folks forever in Dwarka.
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