Nageshvara is one of the sanctuaries referenced in the Shiva Purana and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas.
As per Shiv Mahapuraan, Brahma (The Creator) and Vishnu (The Preserver) when had a contradiction about which of them was preeminent. To test them, Shiva penetrated the three universes as an endless mainstay of light, the Jyotirlinga. Vishnu and Brahma went separate ways to decide the degree of each finish of the column. Brahma, who had set off upward, lied that he had found the upper finish of the column, however Vishnu, who had gone toward the base of the column, conceded that he had not. Shiva at that point showed up as a second Jyotirlinga and reviled Brahma, revealing to him that he would have no spot in the services, however Vishnu would be adored until the ‘finish of endlessness’. The Jyotirlinga is the incomparable unified reality from which Shiva shows up. Jyothirlinga altars honor this time when Shiva showed up. It was accepted that there were initially sixty-four jyotirlingas. Twelve are viewed as particularly promising and blessed. Every one of the twelve locales takes the name of the managing god and each is viewed as a different indication of Shiva. At all these locales, the essential god is a lingam speaking to the starting less and perpetual Stambha column, representing the Shiva’s interminable nature. The twelve jyothirlinga are Somnath in Gujarat, Mallikarjuna at Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh, Mahakaleswar at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, Omkareshwar in Madhya Pradesh, Kedarnath in Himalayas, Bhimashankar in Maharashtra, Viswanath at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Triambakeshwar in Maharashtra, Vaidyanath at Deoghar in Jharkhand, Aundha Nagnath sanctuary in Maharashtra, Rameshwar at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu and Grishneshwar at Aurangabad in Maharashtra.
The Shiva Purana says Nageshvara Jyotirlinga is in ‘the Darukavana’, which is an antiquated name of a backwoods in India. ‘Darukavana’ discovers notice in Indian sagas, for example, Kamyakavana, Dvaitavana, Dandakavana.
A story in the Shiva Purana about the Nageshvara Jyotirlinga recounts an evil presence named Daaruka, who assaulted a Shiva aficionado named Supriya and detained him alongside numerous others in his city of Darukavana, a city under the ocean occupied via ocean snakes and devils. At the earnest appeals of Supriya, the detainees began to recite the blessed mantra of Shiva and promptly from that point Lord Shiva showed up and the evil presence was vanquished, later living there as a Jyotirlinga. The evil presence had a spouse, a demoness named Daaruki who loved Mata Parvati. Because of her atonement and dedication, Mata Parvati empowered her to ace the woodland where she played out her commitments, and renamed the timberland ‘Darukavana’ in her respect. Any place Daaruki went the timberland followed her. So as to spare the evil spirits of Darukavana from the discipline of the divine beings, Daaruka called up the force Parvati had given her. She at that point moved the whole timberland into the ocean where they proceeded with their battle against the recluses, capturing individuals and keeping them limited in their new den under the ocean, which was the means by which that incredible Shiva fan, Supriya, had ended up there.
The appearance of Supriya caused an upset. He set up a lingam and caused the detainees to present the mantra Om Namaha Shivay out of appreciation for Shiva while he implored the lingam. The evil presences’ reaction to the reciting was to endeavor to murder Supriya, however they were defeated when Shiva showed up and gave him an awesome weapon that spared his life. Daaruki and the evil presences were crushed and Parvati spared the rest of the devils. The lingam that Supriya had set up was called Nagesha; it is the tenth lingam. Shiva indeed accepted the type of a Jyotirlinga with the name Nageshwar, while the Goddess Parvati was known as Nageshwari. Ruler Shiva at that point declared that he would demonstrate the right way to the individuals who might revere him.