Aundha Nagnath Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple in Maharashtra

Aundha Nagnath Nageshwar Temple

Aundha Nagnath Nageshwar Temple in Aundha Nagnath town is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This ancient historic Jyotirling temple is situated in the Hingoli District of Maharashtra state, India.

This famous historic temple is located at a distance of 30 km from Hingoli, 50 km away from Parbhani and around 64 km away from Nanded.

This ancient temple in Aundha Nagnath is considered one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of India. Lord Naganath or Lord Shiva is the main deity of this divine temple.

Aundha Nagnath Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple in Maharashtra

Twelve Jyothirlinga Temples of India:

The names of twelve Jyotirlingas mentioned in Shiva Purana are:
  1. Somnath Mandir at Veraval, Gujarat
  2. Sri Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga at Srisailam, Andra Pradesh
  3. Shri Mahakaleshwar Jyotirling at Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh
  4. Omkareshwar Mahadev Temple at Madhya Pradesh
  5. Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand
  6. Bhimashankar Jyothirlinga Temple, Maharashtra
  7. Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
  8. Trimbakeshwar Mandir in Trimbak, Maharashtra
  9. Parali Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga in Maharashtra
  10. Aundha Nagnath Temple in Aundha Nagnath, Maharashtra
  11. Ramanathaswamy Temple in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu
  12. Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga in Daulatabad, Maharastra
This ancient temple has four strong walls and has huge corridors. The court hall has an oval shape and is firmly supported by the eight pillars.

One interesting fact about this temple is that there is no Nandi idol in front of Lord Shiva.

Small temples representing the 12 Jyotirlingas of India are located on all the four corners of the main temple.

Apart from the main temple and its beautiful carvings, there are many other small temples and holy idols present in this temple which includes:
  1. Bhandareshwar
  2. Maharsi Veda Vyasa Linga
  3. Lord Ganesha
  4. Lord Vishnu
  5. Sri Nilakanteshwar
  6. Runamochan teerth
  7. Pancha Pandavas
  8. Lord Dattatreya
  9. Dashavatara Temple
There are many other small idols present at Aundha Nagnath temple. Also, visit the two tanks Sash Kund and Bahu Kund in front of the Shani temple.

Aundha Nagnath Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple in Maharashtra

History of Anudha Nagnath Temple:

The ancient Anudha Nagnath stone temple was first constructed by Yudhisthira (Dharmaraju), the eldest of Pandavas when they had left Hastinapur for Vanavasa. So, the ancient temple dates back to more than 3000 years old.

The divine temple at Anudha Nagnath was once a seven-storyed one before being demolished by the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and his army.

Aurangzeb left the demolition work in the midway as he was attacked by thousand of bees. Later, the broken temple was re-constructed by the devotees of Lord Mahadeva.

The current temple has Hemadpanthi style of architecture and was recently innovated in the 18th century by the pious Maratha queen Ahilyabai Holkar.

Festivals Celebrated at Anudha Nagnath Temple:

All hindu festivals are celebrated with great fervor at Anudha Nagnath. Pilgrims from all corners of India come to this Jyotirling temple on the occasion of Vijayadashami and Maha Shivaratri.

Aundha Nagnath Temple in Maharashtra

Nearby Tourist Places:

  1. Mallinath Digambar Jain Temple
  2. Tulajadevi Sansthan
  3. Sant Namdev Sansthan
  4. Nanded

How to Reach Aundha Nagnath Temple:

By Flight:

The nearest Airport is at Aurangabad [210 km].

By Train:

The nearest Railway Station is at Chondi [21 km] and Parbhani [50 km].

By Road:

Piligrims coming to Nanded from big cities like Hyderabad, Mumbai and Aurangabad by road can easily visit this temple. Maharashtra State buses run frequent buses from Nanded, Chondi and Parbhani to Aundha.

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