The temple of Nageshwarnath is one of the most frequented temples in Ayodhya. The temple stands tall amidst numerous 'Matths' and 'Akhadaras' that exist in the city of Ayodhya. Nageshwarnath Temple is supposed to be established by Raja Kush, the younger son of Lord Rama. The festival of Shivaratri is celebrated here with great pomp and splendor.
There is a very interesting story behind the establishment of this
temple. It is said that Raja Kush lost his armlet, while bathing in the
Saryu. He tried to find it but in vain. He became much depressed
thinking it to be a bad omen. The armlet was actually picked up by a
Nag-Kanya (Snake-damsel), who fell in love with him. She promptly
returned the armlet and won the admiration of Raja Kush.
It is claimed that as the Nag-Kanya was a devotee of Shiva, Kush
erected this temple for her. The temple has historical essence as well.
That is particularly because of the fact that Nageshwarnath has been the
only temple to survive till the reign of Chandragupta Vikramaditya; the
rest of city had fallen into ruins and was covered by dense forests. It
is claimed that it was by means of this temple that Vikramaditya was
able to locate Ayodhya and the sites of different shrines here.