Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

Description of the Diety

Nageshwar Swamy (Shiva) :
The idol of main deity Lord Nageshwar Mahadev Shivalinga is facing south while the Gomukha is facing east. This powerful Jyotirlinga symbolizes protection from all poisons. It is said that those who pray to Lord Nageshwar Lingaa will be blessed with free of poisons in the body. The Rudra Samhita shloka refers to Nageshwar with the phrase ′Daarukaavane Nageshwar′.

Associated Dieties

1. Lord Brahma
2. Lord Vishnu


Samhita where Nageshwar is called Daarukaavane Nageshwar (which links Nageshwar with Daaruka or forest). It is declared that those devotees who mediate upon Nageshwar with pure mind obtain freedom from all physical and spiritual poisons (Maya, sin and anger and temptation). The term Nageshwar is usually used for the Cobra (the king of serpents) who is represented around the neck of the lord Shiva. Any devotee who offers prayers at this temple can demolish fear or harm from snakes and with this deep rooted belief provides this temple unique importance while drawing thousands of devotees to this temple to ward off all fears of Snakes.

Shtala Purama

According to Legend, Pandava’s visited this place during their Vanavasa (life in forests) built a hermitage for themselves. Their cows used to drink water from the same river bank, after drinking water, milk used to automatically flow into the river as if though these cows were offering milk to this river. One day Lord Bhishma saw this miraculous event. He promptly informed Lord Dharmaraya about these strange events. Then Lord Dharmaraya said that “Surely, some great God must be living in this river”. Then Pandavas decided to remove the water from this river. However middle part of this river was very hot as this water there was boiling. Lord Bheema lifted his mace attacked this river thrice. The water provided the way instantly. At the very moment, blood started oozing from the river like spring. And Lord Shankar a’s Lingaa could be seen as this Jyotirlinga.

According to Second legend, All the wives of those sages who were offering prayers were attracted to The Lord in this Snake Form and went after the Lord leaving behind their husbands. This action made all the sages livid in anger ensuing them to curse this ascetic form of Lord to lose his lingam. In View this Shiva lingam fell on earth, the whole earth trembled. In order to balance the disaster impending on earth, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma appeared and requested him to save this planet being destroyed, also requested him to take back his lingam. After consoling the sages, Lord Shiva recovered his lingam to its origin and promised his divine presence to be in the form of Jyotirlinga in Darukavana forever.

According to the Third Legend, According to Shiv Purana, Shiva devotee by name Supriya was attacked by demon Daaruka while travelling in a boat. The demon imprisoned him along with several others at his capital Daarukaavane where he resided with his wife Daaruki. Supriya advised all prisoners to recite the mantra ‘Aum Namaha Shivaya’. When Daaruka came to know about this he went to kill Supriya. Instantly Lord Shiva appeared in the form of the Jyotirlinga and killed this demon with Pashupataastra a unique divine weapon. This Jyotirlinga manifestation of Lord Shiva is worshipped as Nageshwar. Two other sites in India, one near Audhgram near Purna in Andhra Pradesh and another near Almora in Uttar Pradesh also enshrine temples to Nageshwar Jyotirlinga. According to the Shiv Purana, any person who with utmost devotion reads the enshrinement and offers prayers the greatness of this Jyotirlinga shall inherit all material happiness and divine bliss at the end of his life.


Significance of Nageshwar Temple believed to be very powerful Jyotirlinga which protects devotees from all kinds of negativities and poison. Devotees also believe that any devotee who offers prayers to the lord with devotion purged free of poison i.e. Negativities. The lingam at Nageshwar is unique as it consists of tone popularly known as the Dwarka Stone. The lingam is an oval shaped rudrakshara with three faces depicts the tears of Shiva. The Rudra Samhita shloka refers to Nageshwar with the phrase ′Daarukaavane Naagesham′.

The Nageshwar temple is home to the sacred Nageshwar Jyotirlinga which has very special importance. It is one of the first Jyotirlingas to be established and is believed to be the seat of Divine power of Lord Shiva. This Jyotirlinga has the power to protect beholders and worshippers from all varieties of poisons especially snake poisons. This reference is also mentioned in the Sacred Rudra Samhita where Nageshwar is called Darukavana Nageswaram (this also links Nageshwar with Daaruka or the forest). It is also mentioned that those who offer prayers & mediate for Lord Nageshwar with pure mind are expected to obtain freedom from all physical and spiritual poisons (Maya, sin and anger and temptation). The term Nageshwar is usually used for the Cobra (the king of serpents) who is seen as coils around neck of the lord Shiva. Any devotees who offer prayers at this temple with devotion can have no fear or harm from snakes and this deep rooted belief provides this temple a unique importance while drawing thousands of devotees to this temple.

Nageshwar Mahadev Sivalingam is facing south while the Gomukha is facing east. The story behind this position is based that devotee named as Naamdev was singing bhajans in front of this Lord, when the other devotees asked him to stand aside so that their visibility is not affected to view Lord, in view Naamdev asked them to suggest one direction in which the Lord does not exist, so that he can then stand and view the Lord. This infuriated devotees who carried him and left him facing south. To their astonishment, they found the Lingaa changed its direction & was now facing South while the Gomukha facing east.

Temple traditions

There is substantail crowd who wish to offer & pour milk and honey over Nageshwar Shivalinga in peak visiting hours.

Do's & Dont's

* Photography is strictly prohibited. Devotees should switch off their Mobile phones before entering this Temple. Photography is strictly prohibited. Devotees should switch off their Mobile phones before entering this Temple.

Temple Timings

  • Morning - 5:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. and Evening - 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

Darshan Timings

  • Morning - 6:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. and Evening - 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

Seva Timings

1. Nageshwar Morning Aarti : 5:30 A.M.
2. Shringaar time Afternoon : 5:00 P.M.
3. Nageshwar Afternoon Aarti : 12:00 P.M.
4. Nageshwar Evening Shayan Aarti : 7:00 P.M.

Special Entry

There are separate que's for devotees who buy flowers and milk to perform abhisheka for linga


Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple
Jamnagar District,
Pincode : 361345


"The Nageshwar jyotirlinga falls within Gujarat’s Dwarka district and is in place called ‘Darukavanam’. The route which tracks between the city of Dwarka and island of Bet Dwarka which has this temple and the region stands along the coastline of Saurashtra.
It takes around 4-5 hours by road to reach Somnath Jyotirlinga from Nageshwar temple.
Once you have reached Dwarka you are very close to Lord Nageshwar Jyotirlinga which is only 25 mins drive away from the Dwarka city and can be reached by means of auto rickshaw or cab.
Reaching Nageshwar Jyotirlnga is not difficult by all means.
Jamnagar-Dwarka [131kms approx]-Nageshwar [16kms approx]
Distance Chart-
• Ahmedabad-Nageshwar 455kms
• Jamnagar-Nageshwar 148kms
• Somnath-Nageshwar 247kms
• Rajkot-Nageshwar 241kms
• Gandhinagar-Nageshwar 480kms
• Surat-Nageshwar 689kms
• Diu-Nageshwar 330kms
• Gir-Nageshwar 293kms
• Junagadh-Nageshwar 224kms
• Porbandar-Nageshwar 120kms
• Dwarka-Nageshwar 16kms

Travel Mode

By Road :
Dwarka is on the state highway from Jamnagar to Dwarka. Direct buses available from Jamnagar and Ahmedabad.
By Rail :
Dwarka is a station on the Ahmedabad-Okha broad gauge railway line, with trains connecting it to Jamnagar (137 km), Rajkot (217 km) and Ahmedabad (471 km), and some trains that continue all the way down the coast through Vadodara, Surat, Mumbai, Goa, Karnataka, to the southern tip of India in Kerala.
By Air :
Nearest airport is Jamnagar (137 km).

Nearby Temples

1. Rukshmani Mandir Rukshamanee/ Rukshmani Mandir is an important place of pilgrimage and is dedicated to the most adored consort of Lord Krishna, Smt Devi Rukmini,masterpiece in artistic terms, this temple has embellished walls and carvings which are treat for one’s eyes. with rich paintings on the walls of this 12th century temple portray Rukmini’s times spent with Lord Krishna ( husband.) This temple is located in the main city of Dwarka.

2. Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Temple Located at distance of 18.2 kms from Nageshwar Jyotirlinga, this temple is dedicated to Lord Chandra Moulishwar Shiva. The temple is on the hillock on sea. During high tide water surrounds this temple and Folk- fair conducted in this place every year on the day of Mahashivratri.

3. Shree Dwarkadish Temple Also known as the Jagat Mandir this temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna also known as the “King of Dwarka”. It is at distance of 17.3 kms from Nageshwar Jyotirlinga and consists of 5 storied building, 72 pillars and this temple estimated as 2,200 years old. It is known as Pushtimarg temple, therefore it follows the guidelines and rituals of Shree Vallabhacharya and Shree Vitheleshnathji.

4. Gomti Ghat Temples Gomati Ghat in Gujarat has plentiful of temples which are devoted to Lord Krishna, Lord Rama, Lord Shiva, and Sudama, who was Lord Krishna’s closest friend. These temples around this ghat present an amazing view of River Gomati where people come to offer prayers & worship since 100 years . To Obtain perview of Dwarka, one can rent a boat and sail across this river.However Gomati Ghat Temples are just at the entrance of the Dwarkadhish temple. It is this place where River Gomati meets the vast sea. There are many small temples which can be visited as well.

5. Gokeshwara Mahadev Temple, Lowrali, Gujarat

6. Kankeshwara Temple, Vasai, Gujarat

7. Cheleswar Temple, Bhanavad, Gujarat

8. Shiva Temple, Dhrol, Gujarat

Surrounding Places to Visit

Okha Madhi Beach : This place is also called okha-madhi.This wonderful beach is about 22 KMS before Dwarka.Vast expanse of beach, clean water and sand..Its open sea here, so expect the waves to be quite strong caution to be adhered .

Food Details

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Private Accomodation


Function Hall

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Annual Uthsavas

  1. Sriman Maha Rathotsava (Jan)
  2. Kumbha Sankramana Ganahoma, Pushparathotsava (Feb)
  3. Meena Sankramana Ganahoma, Pushparathotsava (Mar)
  4. Mesha Sankramana Ganahoma, Pushparathotsava (Apr)
  5. Hanuma Jayanthi, Maha Rangapooje (Apr)
  6. Akshaya Threethiya, Kiri Rangapooje (May)
  7. Vrushaba Sankramana Ganahoma, Pushparathotsava (May)
  8. Sri Narasimha Jayanthi, Samhitabhiseka, Maha Rangapooje (May)
  9. Mituna Sankramana, Ganahoma, Pushparathotsava (Jun)
  10. Karka Sankramana, Ganahoma, Pushparathotsava (Jul)
  11. Simha Sankramana, Ganahoma, Pushparathotsava (Aug)
  12. Krishna Astami
  13. Ganesha Chauthi, 120 Coconut Ganahoma, Narasimha Homa, Rangapooje
  14. Saura Rugupakarma
  15. Kanya Sankramana, Ganahoma, Pushparathotsava (Sep)
  16. Tula Sankramana, Ganahoma, Pushparathotsava (Oct)
  17. Vrischika Sankramana, Ganahoma, Pushparathotsava (Nov)
  18. Lakshadeepotsava (Nov)
  19. Moodu Ganapathi Seve (Dec)
  20. Mane Akki Samaradhane (Dec)
  21. Dhanu Sankramana, Ganahoma, Pushparathotsava (Dec)
  22. Dhanur Masa Samaradhane (Whole of Dahnu Month)