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

The incomprehensible relationship of Shiva and the snake

 

 If Lord Shankar is worshiped or if a seeker meditates on Lord Shankar, then many feelings arise in the mind about him.  As Lord Shankar is sitting on sadhana with trident.  His third eye i.e. the forehead is closed.  The Ganges is flowing through their hair.  His body is looking blue due to the poison consumed during the churning of the ocean.  Many snakes are wrapped around the hair and body of Lord Shankar.  On one side of Shiva's head is the moon and on the other hand the Mahaveshadhar snake is also a garland around his neck.  In his family, the equanimity of ghosts, nandi, lion, snake, peacock and mouse is seen.  In the order of means, many thoughts arrive in the ocean of thought.  Many legends and stories about Lord Shankar are described in the Puranas, religious texts.  Many stories related to him keep the seekers connected to him and he is also inspirational for the seekers.


 In mythological beliefs, the connection of Lord Shankar and the snake is deep, that is why they are wrapped around their body.  This thing is not limited to beliefs only, but it seems to be reflected in reality in this Kali Yuga as well.  Although God is very kind in showering His grace for Janardan, but it is said that if you do not have a vision of Lord Shankar and if you see a snake, then understand that only Lord Shankar has been seen.  We are going to Mount Abu in Rajasthan.  Mount Abu is the only hill station of Rajasthan which is also called Ardhakashi.  According to mythological beliefs and Puranas, Mount Abu is called Ardhakashi because there are 108 small and big temples of Lord Shankar here.  The only place in the world where there is no Lord Shankar, not even his Shivling, but his thumb is worshipped.  Achalgarh in Mount Abu is the only place in the world where the thumb of Lord Shiva is worshipped.  In all the temples of Lord Shiva, his Shivling is worshiped, but here the thumb of Lord Shiva is worshipped.


 There is a temple here close to the Pandava cave where the Pandavas are said to have spent some time here during their exile.  Devotees who came to the Shiva temple on Monday to bathe Lord Shankar with water and milk felt as if the innocent had appeared in the form of a giant serpent.  The temple was resonating with the cheers of Bhole.  The order of offering water, bilva leaves, cannabis, datura, flowers etc. on Shivling was going on.  Then a giant snake did not know from where it came and wrapped itself with the Shivling.  The size of this snake was about 6 feet.  In the meantime, some people fearfully offered water to the Shivling, but Nagraj remained wrapped around the Shivling for several hours.  The second Monday of Sawan and the process of offering water to Shivling continued.  Meanwhile, Nag's speculations also continued.  Sometimes he would sit on the Shivling and sometimes he would sit wrapped around the Shivling.  People were surprised but according to the people who were there, it was not surprising to that snake.  He was probably feeling fearless and blissful.  Among so many people, a snake wrapped around the Shivling for about 6 hours.  People kept staring.  For some people, in the form of naive snakes came and wrapped around Shivling, while some people wanted to feel that moment passionately.  This was the reason that the crowd started increasing in the temple.  News started spreading in the area.  Suddenly the snake disappeared.  There the flowers and fruits offered by the devotees were visible but not the snakes.  Snakes are dangerous for humans, but it is also true that they are more afraid of us than humans.  The definition of faith, belief is dependent on believing everything in the boundary line of spirituality.  According to the local people, in those temples of Mount Abu, which are in the middle of the forest, such incidents definitely happen on Mondays in the month of Sawan or on the occasion of Shivratri.  Last year, Panchmukhi (five-faced snake) was seen in a Shiva temple in these forests.  These incidents prove that there is a deep connection between Shiva (Shivling) and the snake.  This relationship is beyond human comprehension.  What to believe or not to believe is up to our conscience.  For some people this may be a form of naivety and for some it is just superstition.  But this thing definitely compels one to think that how a snake in a crowd of thousands remained wrapped with Shivling for six hours.  That too amidst the cheers of the innocent and the bells ringing in the temple.

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