Synonyms for darukavana or Related words with darukavana
Examples of "darukavana"
The actual location of the legendary forest of
is debated. No other important clues indicate the location of the Jyotirlinga. '
' remains the only clue.
The Shiva Purana says Nageshvara Jyotirlinga is in 'the
', which is an ancient name of a forest in India. '
' finds mention in Indian epics, such as "Kamyakavana", "Dvaitavana", "Dandakavana".
The written name of
could be misread as 'Dwarakavana' which would point to the Nageswara temple at Dwaraka. However no forest is in this part of Dwaraka that finds mention in any of the Indian epics. The narratives of Shri Krishna, mention Somanatha and the adjoining Prabhasa tirtha, but not Nageswara or
might exist next to the Vindhya Mountains. It is south-southwest of the Vindhyas extending to the sea in the west. In the "Dvadasha Jyotirlinga Stotra" (6), Shankaracharya praised this Jyotirlinga as "Naganath":
Forests full of Deodar or Devadāru trees were the favorite living place of ancient Indian sages and their families who were devoted to the Hindu god Shiva. To please Lord Shiva, the sages used to perform very difficult tapasya (meditation) practices in deodar forests. Also the ancient Hindu epics and Shaivite texts regularly mention
, meaning a forest of deodars, as a sacred place.
A narrative in the Shiva Purana about the Nageshvara Jyotirlinga tells of a demon named Daaruka, who attacked a Shiva devotee named Supriya and imprisoned him along with many others in his city of
, a city under the sea inhabited by seasnakes and demons. At the urgent exhortations of Supriya, the prisoners started to chant the holy mantra of Shiva and immediately thereafter the Lord Shiva appeared and the demon was vanquished, later residing there in the form of a Jyotirlinga. The demon had a wife, a demoness named Daaruki who worshipped Mata Parvati. As a result of her penance and devotion, Mata Parvati enabled her to master the forest where she performed her devotions, and renamed the forest '
' in her honour. Wherever Daaruki went the forest followed her. In order to save the demons of
from the punishment of the gods, Daaruka summoned up the power Parvati had given her. She then moved the entire forest into the sea where they continued their campaign against the hermits, kidnapping people and keeping them confined in their new lair under the sea, which was how that great Shiva devotee, Supriya, had wound up there.
, is derived from 'daruvana' (forest of deodar trees), is thought to exist in Almora. Deodar (daru vriksha) is found abundantly only in the western Himalayas, not in peninsular India. Deodar trees have been associated with Lord Shiva in ancient Hindu texts. Hindu sages used to reside and perform meditation in deodar forests to please Lord Shiva. Also, according to the ancient treatise "Prasadmandanam",
Another version of the tale is given in the "Varaha Purana". It relates Gajasurasamhara to Shiva's visit to the Deodar Forest ("
") to teach a lesson to arrogant sages. Shiva visits the Forest as a young naked mendicant, with the enchantress Mohini as his wife. While the sages fall for Mohini, the women wildly chase Shiva. When the sages regain their senses, they perform a black magic sacrifice, which produces an elephant-demon called Gajasura, which attacks Shiva, who slays him and wears his hide.
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