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

Virabhadra is the fierce form of Shiva


 This incarnation took place when Brahma's son Daksha organized the yajna but did not invite Lord Shiva to it.  While Daksha's daughter Sati was married to Shiva.  On learning about the Yagya, Sati also asked to go there but Shiva refused to go without invitation.  Still, Sati insisted and went there alone.  When he felt the humiliation of Shiva and himself at his father's house, he also got angry and left his body by jumping into the Yagyavedi.  When Lord Shiva came to know about this, he in anger pulled a hair from his head and slammed it on top of the mountain furiously.  From the anterior part of that hair, the great Veerbhadra appeared.

  It is also mentioned in the scriptures-

  Angry: Sudishtputa: s dhurjatirjatan tadidv halis togrochisham.

  Utkritya Rudra: Sahasotthito Hassan Gambhirnado Visarga Tam Bhuvi

  Tatolitikaya breastnuva sprshandivam.  - Shrimad Bhagwat -4/5/1

  That is, Lord Shiva, saddened by the loss of Sati's life, took a furious form, chewing his lips in anger and uprooted one of his hairs, which was glowing like lightning and flames.  Suddenly standing up, he slammed Jata on the earth with a serious sigh.  From this the great hero Virbhadra appeared.

  The Veerbhadra avatar of Lord Shiva has great importance in our lives.  This incarnation gives us the message that we should use the power only where it is utilized properly.  There are two classes of heroes - gentle and indecent heroes.

  Rama, Arjuna and Bhima were brave.  Ravana, Duryodhana and Karna were also brave but the first is the bhadra (civilized) heroic class and the second abhadra (uncivilized) brave class.  The job of civilized heroes is to always walk on the path of righteousness and help the helpless.  On the other hand, the uncivilized brave classes always follow the path of unrighteousness and harass the disabled.  Bhadra means welfare.  Therefore, the inevitability of virtuousness with valor is propounded from this incarnation."