then substituted a golden Sivalinga -- Hataka linga at their earnest
request, on realising their folly. And it was called Hatakeswara
linga later. Chitra Sarma, a brahmin renowned for his scholarship
living at Chamatkarapur was greatly attracted to this linga and
prayed regularly with unprecedented fervor. At his humble plea, Siva
allowed him introducing the Hatakeswaropasana in Vadnagar. Soon 68
temples were built by devout Saivates and gradually Sivopasana
became very popular and the Kshetra attracted a steady influx of
a sage Mankana name came to this place and performed penance. Due to
efficacy of his tapas, vegetable juice started flowing from his
hand. Odd isn't it? It elated the sage, but he turned conceited, and
started dancing. Siva, pleased with it descended and blessed him. As
this place pleased Siva most, He said that it would be called
Anandapur and He would stay permanently in the name of Anandeswar.
'A mandir was built to install Him. The Sivalinga thus found here is
luring unending streams of Bhaktas throughout the year.
lies near Vijnagar in the State of Gujarat.