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

War of lord Ram and Lord Shiva


 It is about those days when the Ashwamedha Yagya of Shri Ram was going on. Under the leadership of Shri Ram's brother-in-law Shatrughan, an army of innumerable heroes was conquering the whole state. The horse of Yagya was going to the state. In this sequence, the horse of Yagya was caught by many kings but they had to bow before the army of Ayodhya. Apart from Shatrughan, many greats including Hanuman, Sugriva and Bharata's son Pushkal were present in the army, which was not possible even for the gods to win. After touring many places, the horse of Yagya reached Devpur where the kingdom of King Veeramani was. King Veeramani was very pious and an exclusive devotee of Shri Ram and Mahadev. His two sons Rukmangad and Shubhangad were the best among the heroes. Raja Veeramani's brother Veer Singh was also a master.

King Veeramani had pleased Lord Shankar by doing penance to him and Mahadev had given him a boon to protect him and his entire kingdom. Being protected by Mahadev, no one dared to attack his kingdom.


  When the horse reached his kingdom, King Veeramani's son Rukmangad took him captive and told the soldiers of Ayodhya that the horse of Yagya was with them, so they should go and ask Shatrughan to get rid of his horse by duly fighting. When Rukmangad gave this information to his father, he became very worried and told his son that you have unknowingly caught the horse of Shri Ram's Yagya. Shri Ram is our friend and there is no justification for enmity with him, so you should bring back the horse of Yagya. On this, Rukmangad said that O father, I have given him a challenge of war, so now returning him horse without war would be an insult to both us and him. Now what has happened cannot be changed, so you give me orders for war. Hearing the words of the son, Veeramani ordered him to equip the army. Raja Veeramani, along with his brother Veerasingh and his two sons Rukmangad and Shubhangad, came to the battle field with a huge army.


  Here, when Shatrughan got information that the horse of his yajna had been taken prisoner, he became very angry and came to the battle field with his entire army. When he asked who would rescue the horse from his army, Bharata's son Pushkal said that Tatashree, don't you worry. With your blessings and the majesty of Shri Ram, I kill all these warriors and free the horse. Both of them were talking in such a way that Pawansut Hanuman said that attacking the kingdom of King Veeramani is difficult even for the Supreme Father Brahma himself because this city is protected by Mahakal. Therefore, it would be appropriate that first we should explain to King Veeramani through conversation and if we are not able to explain then we should inform Shri Ram. King Veeramani has great respect for Shri Ram, so he will not be able to avoid him. After listening to Hanuman, Shri Shatrughan said that if Shri Ram has to come to the battlefield during our stay, it is a matter of great shame for us. Whatever happens now, we will have to fight. Saying this he reached the battlefield along with the army.


  A terrible war broke out. Bharata's son Pushkal went straight and fought with King Veeramani. Both were incomparable heroes. They started fighting using both types of weapons. Hanuman started fighting with the mighty Veer Singh, brother of King Veeramani. Rukmangad and Shubhangad attacked Shatrughan. There was a fierce battle between Pushkal and Veeramani. In the end, Pushkal attacked Veeramani with eight furious arrows. On this attack, King Veeramani could not bear it and fell unconscious on his chariot. Veer Singh used many weapons on Hanuman but no one could harm him. Hanuman attacked Veer Singh with a formidable tree, due to which Veera Singh fainted while vomiting blood. On the other hand, an extraordinary war was going on between the sons of Shree Shatrughan and King Veeramani. In the end, seeing no option, Shatrughan tied both the brothers in Nagpasha. Seeing his victory, all the heroes of Shatrughan's army started making lions. On the other hand, when King Veeramani lost consciousness, he saw that his army was on the verge of defeat. Seeing this, he remembered Lord Rudra.


  Knowing his devotee in trouble, Mahadev sent all the Ganas including Nandi, Bhringi to the battle field under the leadership of Virbhadra. All the followers of Mahakal, hailing him, broke down on the army of Ayodhya. Shatrughan, Hanuman and all the people felt as if the holocaust had come. When they saw Mahadev's army including the terrible-faced Rudravatar Virbhadra, Nandi, Bhringi, all the soldiers trembled with fear. Shatrughan told Hanuman that Veerbhadra, who had cut off the head of Daksha Prajapati in a matter of talk, and who is like Mahakal himself in brilliance and equanimity, how can he be defeated in battle. Hearing this, Pushkal said that O Tatashree, do not be sad. Whatever happens now, we will have to fight. Saying this, Pushkal fought with Virbhadra, Hanuman with Nandi and Shatrughan with Bhringi. Pushkal used all his divine weapons on Virbhadra, but Virbhadra cut it in a matter of words. He told Pushkal that oh boy, you have not yet attained the age of death, so get out of the battle field. At the same time, Pushkal attacked Veerabhadra with power, which went straight to his marmasthan. After this, Virbhadra, trembling with anger, cut off Pushkal's head with a trident and made a terrible lion's voice. On the other hand, Bhringi etc. made a terrible attack on Shatrughan. In the end, Bhringi tied Shatrughan in the loop given by Mahadev. Hanuman was fighting with Nandi with all his might. Both of them fought like no one had done before. Both were devotees of Shri Ram and were born from the effulgence of Mahadev. After fighting for a long time, seeing no other solution, Nandi defeated Hanuman using Shivastra. Seeing the defeat of the army of Ayodhya, there was tremendous enthusiasm in the army of King Veeramani and they broke down on the remaining soldiers. Seeing this Hanuman told Shatrughan that I had already told you that this city is protected by Mahakal but you did not listen to me. Now the only way to avoid this crisis is that we all remember Shri Ram. On hearing this, all the soldiers started remembering Shri Ram including Shatrughan, Pushkal and Hanuman.


  Hearing the call of his devotees, Shri Ram immediately came there with Lakshmana and Bharata. Everyone became happy seeing their Lord coming and everyone was convinced that now our victory is certain. On the arrival of Shri Ram, as the whole army was infused with life. Shri Ram first freed Shatrughan and on the other hand Lakshmana freed Hanuman. When Shri Ram, Lakshmana and Bharat saw that Pushkal had died, they felt very sad. Bharata fainted in grief. In anger, Shri Ram told Virbhadra that the way you have killed Pushkal, in the same way now consider the end of your life as well. Saying this, Shri Ram along with the whole army attacked the Shivaganas. Soon he came to know that the simple weapon is useless on the Shivaganas, so he dissected the entire army including Veerabhadra and Nandi with the divine weapons provided by Maharishi Vishwamitra. Not being able to overcome the glory of Shri Ram, all the ganas started invoking Mahadev in one voice. When Mahadev saw that his army was in great trouble, he himself appeared in the battle field.


  To see this wonderful sight, all the deities, including the Supreme Father Brahma, became situated in the sky. When Mahakal entered the battle field, the whole army of Shri Ram became unconscious due to his brilliance.


  When Shri Ram saw that Mahadev himself had come to the battlefield, he renounced the weapon and bowed down to Lord Rudra and praised him. While praising Mahakal, he said that O lord of the whole universe, with your own majesty, I killed the mighty Ravana, you yourself came to Rameshwaram in Jyotirlinga. Whatever strength we have is also due to your blessings. The Ashwamedha Yagya that I have performed is also happening only because of your wish, so please be kind to us and end this war.


  Hearing this, Lord Rudra said, "O Ram, you are another form of Vishnu, I have no desire to fight with you, yet since I have given my devotee Veeramani the boon of protecting him, I cannot back away from this war. Leaving hesitation, you fight.


  Shri Ram started fighting it by obeying the orders of Mahakal. A great war broke out between the two, seeing which the gods became situated in the sky. Shri Ram used all his divine weapons on Mahakal but could not satisfy him. In the end he did the research of Pashupatastra and said to Lord Shiva that O Lord, you have given me this boon that no one can live in Trilok without being defeated by this weapon given by you, so O Mahadev, with your permission and desire, I I use it on you only.


  Saying this, Shri Ram threw that great divine weapon on Lord Shiva. That weapon got directly into the heart of Mahadev and Lord Rudra was satisfied with it. He happily told Shri Ram that you have satisfied me in the war, so ask for whatever boon you want. On this Shri Ram said that oh Lord, here in this battle field, along with Pushkal, son of brother Bharata, innumerable warriors have attained Veergati, please donate life to them. Mahadev smiled and said aastu and revived all the warriors on both sides including Pushkal. After this, by his order, King Veeramani returned the horse of Yagya to Shri Ram and by handing over his kingdom to Rukmangad, he also went ahead with Shatrughan.

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