Nageshwar Temple is one of the most famous Jyotirlinga temples in India and is a crowd puller for all devout Hindus. The Nageshwar temple is one of the first Shiva temples in India and as such is also known as Darukavana temple. There are other Nageshwar temples built in other parts of India but the one between Gomti and Dwarka in the Saurashtra Coast in Gujarat is the most famous of all. The Nageshwar temple is mentioned in the holy Hindu scriptures and Puranas and is of special interest to historians and architects apart from devotees.
Temple Timings- Why is it important to know?
The Nageshwar temple sees a lot of tourist traffic and there is a lot of rush to see the temple and have a Darshan of the holy Jyotirlinga. The temple itself is in an offbeat location and if one comes visiting when the temple premises have shut down then there is no option apart from waiting for a very long time. If one wishes to visit Lord Shiva in peace and serenity, then paying a visit in the early hours when the temple just opens…is a good option. There is always a sizeable crowd who comes to pour milk and honey over Nageshwar Shivalinga in the peak visit hours. Its important that you know the exact temple opening and closing timings when you come to visit.
Darshan, Aarti at Nageshwar Temple
The temple opens for Darshan at 6.00am in the morning and remains open for Darshan until 12.30 pm in the morning. Mornings are the time when devotees pour milk over the Shivalinga.
The temple opens for Darshan at 5.00 p.m in the evening and remains open for Darshan until 9.30 pm in the night. Evenings are the time when devotees are lost in the beauty of Sandhya Aarti.
If you wish to visualize the temple in its full splendor, then you can visit it on full moon evenings. Also the Maha Shivaratri sees a lot of special activities in the temple for which the temple remains open for the whole day and night. This is the most auspicious time to visit Nageshwar and offer Puja after Darshan.