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. Some archaeological excavations claim five earlier cities at the site.
Nageshwar was believed to be known as ‘Darukavana’, which is an ancient epic name of a forest in India. Below are well-known legends attached to this mystical temple.
According to the legend, ‘Balakhilyas’, a group of dwarf sages worshipped Lord Shiva in Darukavana for long a time. To test their devotion and patience, Shiva came to them as a nude ascetic wearing only nagas (serpants) on his body. Wives of sages got attracted to the saint and went after him, leaving their husbands behind. Sages got very disturbed and outraged by this.They lost their patience and cursed the ascetic to loose his linga (one of the limited meanings is Phallus, but it has has a deeper theistic symbolism). Shiva linga fell on the earth and the whole world trembled. Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu came to Lord Shiva, requesting him to save the earth from destruction and take back his linga. Shiva consoled them and took back his linga. (From Vamana Purana CH.6th & 45th). Lord Shiva promised his divine presence in Darukavana as ‘jyothirlinga’ for ever.
How to Reach:
By landing at Jamnagar or Porbandar airport, from there taking roadways.
By arriving at Dwarka railway station and by there taking roadways travelling 16 km.
By roadways directly along NH 947 from there travelling 16 km along Nageshwar road.