Story of Nageshwar Jyotirlinga

 A story is famous in relation to Nageshwar Jyotirlinga.  According to the legend, there was a merchant who believed in Dharma Karma.  He had unparalleled devotion to Lord Shiva.  Even after being busy in business work, he used to spend whatever time he had in worship, worship and meditation.  A demon named Daruk got angry with this devotion.  Being of demonic nature, Lord Shiva did not like him at all.   The demon was always in search of such an opportunity, that how he could obstruct the devotion of the merchant.  Once he was going somewhere on a business boat by merchant boat.  The demon saw this, and taking the opportunity, attacked the boat.  And took the passengers of the ferry to the capital and imprisoned them.  Even in captivity, the merchant used to regularly worship Lord Shiva.   Even in the prisoner's house, when the news of Shiva worship of the merchant reached that demon, he felt very bad.  In a fit of anger, he reached the merchant in the prison.  The merchant

freeing the moon from curse

 The twenty-seven daughters of King Daksha were fascinated by the beauty of the moon.  They all wanted to marry Moon.  Daksha explained that having only one husband of real sisters would hinder married life, but Daksha's daughters, who were madly in love with the moon, remained adamant.

  Ashwini was the eldest.  He said that father, we will be friendly with each other.  You will not get complaint.  Daksha married twenty-seven girls to the moon.

  Moon and his wives were both very happy with the marriage but this happiness did not last long.  Soon Moon became more fascinated by Rohini, one of the twenty-seven sisters and started neglecting the other wives.

  Daksha came to know about this and explained it to Moon.  The moon was fine for a few days, but soon his attachment to Rohini became stronger than before.

  Saddened by the lamentation of the other daughters, Daksha spoke to Moon again but he insulted Daksha by calling it his personal matter.

  Daksha was a Prajapati.  Not even any deity disrespected him.  Enraged, he cursed the moon that you should become a patient of tuberculosis.

  Due to the curse of Daksha, the moon became tarnished after suffering from tuberculosis.  His luster was gone.  The speed of the earth started deteriorating.  The troubled sages and deities went to the shelter of Lord Brahma.

  Brahma was the father of Daksha but it was not under his control to end the curse of Daksha.  He suggested the deities to go to the shelter of Shiva.

  Brahma said- Chandradev please Lord Shiva with austerity.  Daksh cannot be controlled by anyone except him.  On the advice of Brahma, Moon started severe penance by making Shivling.

  Mahadev was pleased and asked Moon to ask for a boon.  Moon asked Shiva for forgiveness for all his sins and asked for the boon of freedom from tuberculosis.

  Lord Shiva said that the one who has cursed you is not an ordinary person.  It is not possible to end his curse, yet I will definitely do something for you.

  Shivji said – out of the two sides that are there in a month, you will continue to flourish in one side with my boon, but under the influence of Daksha's curse, you will become weak in the other side.  Due to the boon of Shiva, the moon remains bright in Shukla Paksha and fades away in Krishna Paksha.

  Due to the praise of the moon, the place where Mahadev had turned from formless to formless, that place was worshiped by the gods and that place became famous by the name of Somnath.  Those twenty-seven wives of the Moon are the same twenty-seven different constellations.  (The story of Shiv Purana)"