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

incarnation of Lord Shankar is Grihapati


 The seventh incarnation of Lord Shankar is Grihapati. This incarnation gives us the message to keep God at the center of everything we do. That is, if we are doing any work even just for the sake of getting food, then its medium should be holy and according to religion. No one should be harmed in this work. Only then will our work be successful. According to the Puranas, the Jatharagni (hunger) located in our body is the Grihapati incarnation of Lord Shankar. The food we take when we are hungry nourishes our body and the subtle prana in our body gets satisfaction.


  This is the basic message of this incarnation that whatever work we do to pacify the gastric fire, it should be according to religion.


  Shuchishmati - incarnation as a son


  On the banks of Narmada there was a city named Dharampur. There lived a sage named Vishwanar and his wife Shuchishmati. Shuchishmati, after being childless for a long time, one day wished her husband to have a son like Shiva.


  Muni Vishwanar came to Kashi to fulfill his wife's wish. Here he worshiped the Veeresh Linga of Lord Shiva through severe penance. One day the sage saw a child in the middle of the Viresh Linga. The sage worshiped Shiva in the form of a child.


  Pleased with his worship, Lord Shankar granted him the boon of incarnating from the womb of Shuchishmati. Later, Shuchishmati became pregnant and Lord Shankar appeared in the form of a son from the womb of Shuchishmati. It is said that Father Brahma had named that child as Grihapati.

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