Temple, Dwarka in Gujarat is home to the Nageshwar Jyotirlinga
temple. However, the term "daruka vane" in the shloka
(religious verse) for Nageshwar has also been interpreted
for Jageshwar, also situated in the Himalaya. Daruka
vane means deodar forest.
Nageshwarnath Jyotirlinga is situated near Dwaraka,
on the way to Beti Dwaraka. According to Puranas, there
once lived a demon Daruka, who used to torture and bother
the people of that place. One day Supriya who was a
merchant reached Darukavanam. He was a great devotee
of Lord Shiva. Daruka and his wife Daruki tried to kill
Supriya who was now acting as a savior to these people.
Supriya however had full faith is his devotion to the
Lord and was unmoved by any torture. Lord Shiva was
pleased by Supriya's devotion and appeared and killed
the demon Daruka. Daruki, Daruka's wife, now started
giving even more trouble than her husband. Shiva didn't
take any mercy on her and vanquished her too and gives
darshan to his devotees at this place as Nageshwar.
The Nageswara Jyotirlingam is supposed to exist in 3
places in Dwaraka, in Audhgram, near Almora in Uttar
Pradesh. The Shivalingam is facing South, with the Gomugam
facing East. There is a story behind this position.
A Lord Shiva devotee named Naamdev was singing bhajans
in front of the Lord. Other devotees annoyed asked him
to stand aside and not hide the Lord. To this Naamdev
asked them to suggest one direction in which the Lord
does not exist, so that he could stand there. The furious
devotees took him and left him on the south side. To
their surprise, they found that the Jyotirlinga was
now facing South with the Gomugam facing East.