Kashi Khand Chapter 66 describes various Teerths (Sacred Ponds) and Shiv Lings around Jyeshteshwar Ling.  Towards the east of Gandarveshwar is Karkotak Nag and Karkotak Vapi (Well),  popularly known as Nag Kuan.

Nag Kuan

Nag Kuan

A person who bathes in Karkotak Well and worships Karkotak Nageshwar need not have fear of death due to any kind of poison.  No venom will be able to find way inside his body.

It is worth mentioning here that Karkotak Nageshwar Ling is submerged in the water of Karkotak Well.   When the water level recedes or the water is removed for cleaning purposes, the Ling becomes visible.  However, as long as the Ling remains submerged in the water, the water in the well attains divinity and people pray this well with all divinity.

However, at the main entrance just before going to the Nag Kuan, there is a temple, where one Shiv Ling has been installed which is worshipped as Nageshwar.

Nageshwar (Nag Kuan)

Nageshwar (Nag Kuan)


Karkotak Nageshwar is located at J-26/206, Nag Kuan.  The place is located at Jaitpura.  Devotees can travel upto Jaitpura Police station and enquire about Nag Kuan which is a famous place. There is another Karkoteshwar Ling just above the water level in the Nag Kuan with an image of serpent etched nearby. This Ling is also worshipped by devotees.

Karkotak Nageshwar

Karkotak Nageshwar


The place of worship is open from 05.30 a.m. to 12.00 Noon and from 04.00 p.m. to 09.00 p.m.  Aarties are performed in the morning and evening.

There is heavy rush in this temple on Nag Panchmi day which falls in the month of Shravan. Till some time back, serpents used to come to this place, but according to locals, due to increase in population, serpents are not visible nowadays.

According to the Poojari, special poojas are performed in this temple for overcoming the ill effects of Kaal Sarp Dosh.


Shri Tulsi Pandey is the poojari of the temple and he can be contacted on his Cell No. (0)9889772817.

Temple Details
  • A. Introduction
  • About Kashi Khand
  • Temples worshipped as Jyotirlings in Kashi
  • Kashi Yatra performed by South Indians
  • Importance of immersion of mortal remains (Asthi) in Ganga