Aundha Nagnath Jyotirlinga Temple, Maharashtra

Aundha Nagnath is a town in the Indian state of Maharashtra that has found prominence and footfall as it also houses the revered Hindu temple by the same name dedicated to the Hindu God, Shiva. The Aundha Nagnath temple is revered highly because it is believed to be the 8th Jyotirlinga of the 12 jyotirlinga temples spread across the length of the Indian land. Jyotirlingam temples are those places of worship dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva where the main shrine in the sanctum is not installed but self sprouted or self created. These are supposed to be extremely holy and spiritually powerful shrines and are extremely respected among religious circles.

The Jyotirlinga at Aundha Nagnath is a Nageshwar Jyotirlinga and the other Nageshwar Jyotirlingas in India are in Dwarka, Gujrat and Almora, Uttarkhand. The present and the most recent temple structure for this jyotirlinga was built in the 13 century by the ruling dynasty but the original temple was supposed to be 7 storeys high before it was desecrated during Mughal invasions by Aurungzeb.

The first temple for this Jyotirlinga is believed to have been constructed during the Mahabharat period by Yudhisthira, the oldest of Pandavas during the period of their exile. The original Jyotirlinga is kept covered by a layer of silver and is situated below ground level in a cramped and narrow space with a low ceiling. Legend has it that this temple rotated 180 degrees from its original position of construction and interestingly a lot of elements in this temple support that concept. The kund or the pool of the temple which is usually at the beginning of any Hindu temple is located at the back here.

Timings

Aundha Nagnath Jyotirlinga Temple open at 04:00 AM to 09:00 PM

Pooja Timings

Rudrabhishek Pooja start at 4:00 AM, Aarti Pooja start at 12:00 Noon, Shrisnan Pooja start at 04:00 PM and Sayarakchai Pooja start at 08:30 PM

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