Parli city of Maharashtra is famous for Shri Vaijnath Temple. It is no coincidence that this temple is in Maharashtra as most of the Mahadwadash Jyotirlingas, to be precise, 5 of them are found in this Indian state. Parli Vaidyanath Temple is located within the tourist periphery of Beed city. The scenic beauty of this temple complex and the abundance of nature make it a healthy and healing destination for all visitors. However, it is one of the dreaded places of worship for the devotees belonging to the Shaivism sect of Hinduism. But that does not mean others couldn’t come. The doors of Parli Vaidyanath Temple are always open for all.
History of Parli Vaidyanath Temple
Lord Shiva Shankar resides here with Parvati. They two stays together in Parli, there is no such belief anywhere else. That is why this place called Anokhi Kashi. Lord Vishnu had made the deities get the nectar of victory here. That is why this pilgrimage place also called ‘Vaijayanti’.
Strong and paved stairs built in 1108 to go to the temple. The temple was renovated by Ahilya Devi Holkar in 1706. Shrimant Peshwa had given a large land in the form of Jagir for the arrangement of this Devasthan. Veer Shivaji had visited this temple and gave it his full patronage. The grand hall of the temple built by Ramrao Nana Desh Pandey.
The Legend of Parli Vaidyanath Temple
Fourteen gems came out of the nectar churning done by the gods and demons, among them were Dhanvantari and Amrit Ratna. When the demons ran to get the nectar, Shri Vishnu hid Dhanvantari along with the nectar in the linga idol of Lord Shankar. As soon as the demons wanted to touch the Linga idol, flames came out from the Linga idol. The demons ran away, but when the devotees of Shiva touched the Linga idol, streams of nectar came out of it. Even today there is a method of visiting this Jyotirlinga by touching it. Due to the presence of Dhanvantari and Amrit in Linga Murti, it also called Amrisheshwar and Dhanvantari.
There is a grand temple made of stones at a high place near Parli village. Due to the direction outside the temple, the rays of the sun fall directly on the linga idol of Vaidyanath at sunrise on special days in the months of Chait and Ashwin in the temple. There are 42 strong and wide stairs to reach the temple.
The Linga idol of Vaidyanath ji made of Shaligram rock. It is very soft, luxurious, and luscious. From 1885, lamps keep burning around the sanctum sanctorum of the temple.
The grand auditorium of the temple built by the late Ramrao Nanadesh Pandey with the help of artisans and devotees of the village. Mrs. Peshwa had provided a large land in the form of Jagir for the arrangement of this Devasthan. There are 11 other temples of Lord Shiva on the premises of Vaidyanath itself. The temple arrangements done by a committee. As Parli is a place of devotion to Shiva, similarly Harihar is also a place of meeting.
Festivals at Parli Vaidyanath Temple
Along with Lord Shankar, the festival of Lord Krishna also celebrated with great pomp in this joint holy land. This is also the holy land of Satyawan Savitri Katha. The banyan tree of Savitri Katha is still standing here on the hill of Narayan and there is also a Vateshwar temple nearby.
The beloved Chilia child of King Shripal and Queen Changuna resurrected by the grace of Shiva, that place is Parli Vaidyanath. There are many temples, ashrams, samadhis, pilgrimages, and holy places in Parli. Vaidyanath has to be visited only after seeing Ganesh Ji without a trunk, who is sitting like a wrestler’s seat.
The Architecture of Parli Vaidyanath Temple
Parli Vaidyanath Temple is 80 feet high from the ground level and has three gates in all three directions. There are strong banks around the temple. There are three entrances on the three sides of the temple. Due to the sanctum sanctorum and assembly hall being on the same level in the temple, Shivling can be seen from the assembly hall only.
Every Monday Shri Baijnath is duly worshipped. Shivji’s daily anointing is done only with the water of Harihar Tirtha. Bholenath’s palanquin comes out on the festival of Dussehra and Mahashivratri. Apart from this, the festivals of Varsha Pratipada, Shravan month, Vijayadashami, Vainkuth Chaturdashi, and Tripurari Purnima are also celebrated with great pomp. In the month of Shravan, by bringing water from the Godavari river from far away, Rudrabhishek of Mahadev is offered to Billa Dal.
There is a huge crowd of devotees here in the month of Shravan. On the day of Kartik Shuddha Chaturdashi i.e., Vaikuntha Chaturdashi, Lord Vishnu received the Sudarshan Chakra of Lord Shiva Shankar. On this day Mahapuja takes place in Shri Baijnath temple. Tripurasura was killed by Bholenath on the day of Kartik Purnima i.e., Tripurari Purnima, that is why the ritual of daily worship is organized here for a month i.e., from Kojagiri Purnima to Tripurari Purnima.
How To Reach Parli Vaidyanath Temple
The nearest airport is at Nanded, which is located at a distance of 105 km from Parli Vaidyanath Temple.
The nearest station is Parli and Parli is 2 km from Parli Vaidyanath Temple. There are direct trains from Secunderabad, Kakinada, Manmad, Visakhapatnam, and Bangalore.
There are many buses available from Aurangabad, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, and nearby cities.
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