Aundha Nagnath Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located in Hingoli district of Maharashtra. It is around 64 kms away from Nanded.
Aundha Nagnath is also known as Nageshwaram. It is the eighth of the twelve jyotirlingas present in India, which is considered as a very critical place of pilgrimage. It is believed that this temple have been built by the Seuna (Yadava) dynasty in around thirteenth century. The primary temple is said to be from time of theMahabharata and is believed to be constructed by Yudhishthira, eldest of the Pandavas, after they had been expelled for 14 years from Hastinapur. When the temple was constructed it was 7 storey high but during the period of Mughals it was sacked by Aurangzeb. The temple is spread in a big area, it covers an area of 669. 60 square metres (7200 square feet) and the top is of 18. 29 metres. The bottom of the prevailing temple is in Hemadpanti architecture. The top portion of the temple has been repaired during the later period of Peshwa's regime and it has been styled according to their design. There is a sanctum sanctorum present inside this temple which is located below the ground level. Aundha Nagnath temple is also closely related to the lives of Namdev, Visoba Khechara and Jnanesvar, the sants revered with the aid of the Varkari sect of Hinduism.
There is a festival celebrated here according to the hindu calander in the month of Magh, which lasts in the month of Phalgun. It is said that the founder of Sikhism- Guru Nanak has visited this Aundha Nagnath Temple, when he visited this area. The temple remains open during timings 4:00 AM - 9:00 PM on general days, however visiting durations are increased during special occassions. There are accomodation facilities available for the visitors which is provided by the temple authorities, which fulfills only the basic requirements. Nearby hotels, restaurants and food stalls are also available easliy. The temple witnesses crowds during Sandhya Aarti (evening puja) which happens from around 8:30 P. M to 9:00 P. M. Timings for getting entry inside the sanctum differs, it does not remain open for general public for long durations.
Reaching Aundha Nagnath Temple is not that easy, one needs to break their journey in order to reach here. There are no direct buses from the major cities of Maharashtra. Nearest railway station is Nanded railway station which is around 61 kms away from here. It is advised to visit this temple by booking a cab or tourist van for having a comfortable journey.