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

Shiva tied the Ganges in his hair

 Lord Rama's ancestor Bhagirath was a majestic king in the Raghuvansh. He decided to bring Ganga to earth to free his ancestors from the guilt of life and death. He started severe penance. Ganga was pleased with his penance and agreed to come from heaven to earth. But he told Bhagirath that if she would fall directly on the earth from heaven, the earth would not be able to bear her velocity and would go into the abyss.

  Hearing this, Bhagirath fell into thought. Ganga was proud that no one could bear her velocity. Then he started worshiping Lord Bholenath. In order to remove the pride of Ganga, Shiva Shambhu, the destroyer of the world's miseries, was pleased and asked Bhagirath to ask for a boon. Bhagirath told all his wishes to him. As soon as Ganga started descending from heaven to earth, Shiva imprisoned her in her hair. She started sobbing and apologized to Shiva. Then Shiva released it from Jata into a small puddle, from where the Ganges flowed in seven streams."