Auntha Naganath Temple also called as Nageshwara Temple is situated in Auntha Naganath, district of Hingoli, Maharashtra, dedicated to Lord Shiva and also one of the Jyothirlinga Temples.
About the Temple
Auntha Naganath Temple occupies an area about 60,000 square feet and the current temple is built in the style of Hemadpanti architecture by Yadavas of Devagiri. Auntha Naganath Temple is said to be from the early 13th century with seven storied building, built of stones. Auntha Naganath Temple is the 8th among the 12 Jyothirlinga temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the important pilgrimage centres in Maharashtra, where the architectural excellence and the sculptural beauty of this temple sweep away the heart of pilgrims.
Auntha Naganath temple is adorned with wonderful carvings which add even more beauty to the temple. The temple is associated with three great saints named Namdeva, Visoba and Dyaneshwar, who belonged to the Varkari sect of Hinduism.
About the Deity
The main deity of this temple is Lord Shiva in the form of Lingam. Each Jyothirlinga temple takes a different manifestation of Lord Shiva and the idol of Lingam is considered as a main deity in every Jyothirlinga temple. The Lingam represents the infinite nature of Lord Shiva.
Legend and Stories
Mythology says that Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu had a tough argument on who holds the superiority in creation. To test Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva penetrated the three worlds as an endless pillars of light, called Jyothirlinga. Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu were assigned separate directions, one to the upward direction and the other towards the downward direction to find the end of the light in either direction. Lord Vishnu admitted His failure whereas Lord Brahma lied that he found the end of the light. Hence, Lord Shiva appeared to be the second pillar of light and proclaimed that Lord Vishnu would be worshipped by all till the end of the eternity and cursed Lord Brahma that He will not be worshipped anywhere.
Mahashivaratri – February or March
Vijayadashami – September or October
Rudrabhishek Pooja – 04.05 am
Aarti Pooja – 12.00 pm
Shrisnan Pooja – 04.00 pm
Shejaarti Pooja – 08.30 pm
Where to Stay
There are limited accommodation options available at Auntha Naganath Temple. Travellers mostly stay at Nanded or Parbhani.
Where to Eat
There are limited eatery options at Auntha Naganath Temple. Travellers eat at Dhabbas or at the hotels in Nanded and Parbhani.
Nearby Place to Visit
Tulja Devi Sansthan Temple
Sant Namdev Sansthan Temple
Mallinath Digambar Jain Temple
Shri Datta Mandir
The nearest airport is at Aurangabad (around 200 Km).
The nearest railway station is Chondi, but a better choice is Parbhani or Nanded, which are well connected to all parts of India.
MSRTC has regular bus services to Auntha Naganath from both, Nanded as well as Parbhani and to other major cities.
Auntha Naganath Temple ( Nageshwar Temple )
District of Hingoli,
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.
The Temple is open from 04.00 AM and from 09.00 PM