As indicated by Shiv Mahapuraan, Brahma (The Creator) and Vishnu (The Preserver) once had a difference about which of them was incomparable. To test them, Shiva penetrated the three universes as an incomprehensible mainstay of light, the Jyotirlinga. Vishnu and Brahma went separate ways to decide the degree of each finish of the column. Brahma, who had set off upward, lied that he had found the upper end of the column, however Vishnu, who had gone toward the base of the column, conceded that he had not. Shiva at that point showed up as a second Jyotirlinga and reviled Brahma, disclosing to him that he would have no spot in the functions, however Vishnu would be revered until the 'finish of endlessness'. The Jyotirlinga is the preeminent inseparable reality from which Shiva shows up. Jyothirlinga altars remember this time when Shiva showed up. It was accepted that there were initially sixty-four jyothirlingas. Twelve are viewed as particularly promising and blessed. Every one of the twelve destinations takes the name of the directing god and each is viewed as a different indication of Shiva. At all these destinations, the essential god is a lingam speaking to the starting less and interminable Stambha column, symbolizing the Shiva's vast nature. The twelve jyothirlinga are Somnath in Gujarat, Mallikarjuna at Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh, Mahakaleswar at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, Omkareshwar in Madhya Pradesh, Kedarnath in Himalayas, Bhimashankar in Maharashtra, Viswanath at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Triambakeshwar in Maharashtra, Vaidyanath at Deoghar in Jharkhand, Aundha Nagnath sanctuary in Maharashtra, Rameshwar at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu and Grishneshwar at Aurangabad in Maharashtra.
The Shiva Purana says Nageshvara Jyotirlinga is in 'the Darukavana', which is an old name of a woods in India. 'Darukavana' discovers notice in Indian legends, for example, Kamyakavana, Dvaitavana, Dandakavana.
An account in the Shiva Purana about the Nageshvara Jyotirlinga recounts an evil spirit named Daaruka, who assaulted a Shiva fan named Supriya and detained him alongside numerous others in his city of Darukavana, a city under the ocean occupied via ocean snakes and devils. At the earnest urgings of Supriya, the detainees began to recite the heavenly mantra of Shiva and quickly from that point Lord Shiva showed up and the devil was vanquished, later living there as a Jyotirlinga. The evil presence had a spouse, a demoness named Daaruki who adored Mata Parvati. Because of her repentance and commitment, Mata Parvati empowered her to ace the backwoods where she played out her dedications, and renamed the timberland 'Darukavana' in her respect. Any place Daaruki went the backwoods pursued her. So as to spare the evil spirits of Darukavana from the discipline of the divine beings, Daaruka brought up the power Parvati had given her. She at that point moved the whole backwoods into the ocean where they proceeded with their battle against the recluses, abducting individuals and keeping them kept in their new den under the ocean, which was the means by which that incredible Shiva fan, Supriya, had ended up there.
The landing of Supriya caused an unrest. He set up a lingam and caused the detainees to discuss the mantra Om Namaha Shivay to pay tribute to Shiva while he implored the lingam. The evil spirits' reaction to the reciting was to endeavor to slaughter Supriya, however they were impeded when Shiva showed up and gave him a heavenly weapon that spared his life. Daaruki and the evil spirits were vanquished and Parvati spared the rest of the devils. The lingam that Supriya had set up was called Nagesha; it is the tenth lingam. Shiva by and by expected the type of a Jyotirlinga with the name Nageshwar, while the Goddess Parvati was known as Nageshwari. Master Shiva at that point declared that he would demonstrate the right way to the individuals who might adore him.
The real area of the incredible woodland of Darukavana is discussed. No other significant pieces of information show the area of the Jyotirlinga. 'Darukavana' remains the main piece of information.
The name Darukavana, is gotten from daruvana (timberland of deodar trees), is thought to exist in Almora. Deodar (daru vriksha) is found inexhaustibly just in the western Himalayas, not in peninsular India. Deodar trees have been related with Lord Shiva in old Hindu writings. Hindu sages used to live and perform reflection in deodar backwoods to please Lord Shiva. Likewise, as per the old treatise Prasadmandanam,
Due to this the 'Jageswara' sanctuary in Almora, Uttarakhand is regularly distinguished as Nageshvara Jyotirlinga.
The composed name of Darukavana could be misread as 'Dwarakavana' which would point to the Nageswara sanctuary at Dwaraka. Nonetheless, no timberland is in this piece of Dwaraka that discovers notice in any of the Indian sagas. The stories of Shri Krishna, notice Somanatha and the bordering Prabhasa tirtha, yet not Nageswara or Darukavana in Dwaraka.
Darukavana may exist alongside the Vindhya Mountains. It is south-southwest of the Vindhyas stretching out to the ocean in the west. In the Dvadasha Jyotirlinga Stotra (6), Shankaracharya applauded this Jyotirlinga as Naganath:
"Yamye sadange nagaretiramye vibhushitangam vividhaishcha bhogai Sadbhaktimuktipradamishamekam shrinaganatham sharanam prapadye"
This could be interpreted as meaning that it is situated in the south ['yamye'] at the town of 'Sadanga', which was the antiquated name of Aundh in Maharashtra, south of the Jageswara hallowed place in Uttarakhand and west of Dwaraka Nageshvara.