Nageshwarnath Temple

About Nageshwarnath Temple
Vital Information for Visitors

Nageshwarnath Temple, Near Ramkot, Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh

Open & Close:

Open on all days

Visiting Time:

5:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Aarati Time:

5:00 AM – 6:00 AM / 8:00 PM -8:30 PM

Entry Fees:



Approx 1 hr


Shivratri & Nagpanchami

Nageshwarnath Temple, the pride of Ayodhya, is a prime tourist attraction in Ayodhya. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiv. Ayodhya defines the rich culture of India and the Nageshwarnath Temple is one of the many temples the pious city has. Nageshwaranath Temple is also indicative of the fact that tradionally since ancient times various sects have existed harmoniously and flourished side – by – side. What today is known as secularism, in Hindu India it was literally preached and practiced as ‘Sarva Dharma Sambhav’. Ayodhya where Lord Ram was born, is an ancient historical city that holds immense reverence in Hindu religious scriptures as celebrated pilgrimage. The ravages of time & barbaric Muslim invaders had caused destruction of various cultural and religious monuments of the city. During Gupta dynasty rule, Ayodhya was given due attention. King Chandragupt Vikramaditya contributed a lot by restoring various historical and religious places in Ayodhya. Nageshwarnath Temple was restored too by him. Even in religious beliefs, Baba Nageshwaranath is known as the identity of Ayodhya and devotees coming from every corner of the country to take blessings of God. Because of this ancient temple of Lord Shiva in Ayodhya, the significance of the city becomes more.

Many stories are popular in ancient texts about Nageshwaranath temple which is situated on the bank of Saryu River. One such story tells once the younger son of Lord Rama Kusha was bathing in the river Saryu and he lost his amulet. Kusha did a lot of effort to find the amulet but he couldn't find it. Kusha thought the reason behind losing amulet is a bad omen. This made him depressed. But, he did not know that a Nag Kanya who loved him had picked the amulet. By returning the amulet to Kusha, the Nag Kanya won his admiration. The Nag Kanya was a true devotee of Shiva, so King Kusha built the Nageshwarnath Temple at Ayodhya.

As per another belief, the temple won the test of time until the reign of Chandragupta II who was also known as Vikramaditya. But, the rest of the city was in shables. Also, the Nageshwarnath Temple had become the means by which Vikramaditya was able to locate Ayodhya and then he rebuilt the temple. The importance of visiting this temple becomes more at the time of Shivaratri as here the festival is celebrated with great pomp. If you visit Ayodhya, don't miss to visit this beautiful temple.

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