Vaidyanath Dham is one among the twelve Jyotirlinga found in India. This Jyotirlinga is located in the Deoghar district of Jharkhand province. It has great fame in both scriptures and folk. Regarding its establishment, this story is said that once the demon king Ravana went to the Himalayas and did severe penance to get the darshan of Lord Shiva.
He cut his head he one by one and started offering them to Shivling. Thus, he cut off his nine heads and offered them there. When he got ready to offer his tenth and final head, Lord Shiva appeared before him very pleased and satisfied. Holding the hand of Ravana, who was eager to cut his head, he stopped him from doing so. He also joined his nine heads as before and was very pleased and asked him to ask for a boon.
Ravana asked Lord Shiva as a bridegroom to take that linga to his capital Lanka. Shiva gave him this boon but with one condition. He said that you can carry it, but if you keep it somewhere along the way, it will become immovable there, then you will not be able to lift it. Ravana accepted this and took that Shivling and left for Lanka. On the way, he felt the need to make small doubts. He left that Shivling in the hand of an Ahir to clear the minor doubts. The Ahir felt that the weight of the Shivling was too much and he was compelled to put it there on the ground.
When Ravana came back, even after making many efforts, he could not lift that Shivling in any way. In the end, being helpless, making a thumb impression on that holy Shivling, leaving it there, he returned to Lanka.
After that Lord Brahma, Vishnu, etc. Gods came there and worshiped that Shivling. This Jyotirlinga known by the name Shri Vaidyanath, eleven fingers high. It has a thumb-sized pit on top of it. It is said that this the same mark that Ravana made with his thumb. There is a law to bring the water of pilgrimages from far and wide here. The glory of this Jyotirlinga is also very famous for getting rid of diseases.
In the fulfillment of her wish, the Rajmata of Giddhaur city had installed a golden urn of a quarter mind on the dome. The dome of Baba, built by Vishwakarma, has a Chandrakant gem. It also called pita land. Such
There is a saying that the heart of Mother Sati had fallen here, she cremated here by making a pyre. The eight names of Baba Vaidyanath’s linga are – Atma Linga, Magheshwar Linga, Kamad Linga, Ravanaeshwar Linga, Vaidyanath Linga, and Marga Linga, Tatpurush, Baijunath Linga.
This is the only Shivlok in India, where more than one crore Kavads offered in a year. Only 70 to 75 lakh Kavad climbed in Sawan. Devotees lift Kavad from Sultanganj and walk 105 km. By traveling on foot, they do the work of offering Kavad while staying hungry and thirsty. Due to the bad and broken roads, the feet of the passengers get blisters, but regardless of this, the passengers keep walking with ease.
Every morning Shringar Puja of Baba Vaidyanath starts. After bathing the Shivling with perfume, Gangajal, and Panchamrit, etc., flowers and garlands offered and a crown of flowers worn. After that, the bhog offered. Aarti performed and sandalwood paste offered. It called Dham Chandan.
Vaidyanath Dham temple has three entrances. The main entrance is in the north direction. This entrance gate also known as Singhdwar. Entering the courtyard of the temple of Simhadwar, another one remains very deep. This well called Chandrakup. According to Padma Purana, this well built by Ravana. In this well, he had put water from many pilgrimages. Devotees visiting the Vaidyanath temple either offer the Gangajal brought with them to the Shivling or offer the water of this Chandra well.
Parvati Temple, Jagat Janani, Ganesh, Brahma, Kalabhairava, Sandhya, Hanuman, Mansa Devi, Saraswati Devi, Surya, Maa Bagla, Ramjanaki, Ganga, Anand Bhairav, Narmadeshwari Mahadev, Tara, Kali, Annapurna, Lakshmi Narayan in the premises of Vaidyanath Temples of Neelkanth, etc. established. Devotees must visit these temples. Vaidyanath Dham has been the land of great men since the beginning.
Ravana Maryada Purushottam Ram, Mother Sita, Adi Shankaracharya, Ramakrishna Paramhansa, his wife Sharda Devi, revolutionary Arvind Ghosh, novelist Sharadchandra Chattopadhyay, Bharat Ratna Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Subhash Chandra Bose, Baba Brahmachari, Data Khan, Bhakta Baiju and many chief ministers of the present times and MPs have visited Vaidyanath Dham.
Best Time to Visit Vaidyanath Dham:
Ten thousand pandas are employed in the temple. The area of the temple is 1 acre. 1 crore in one month fair of Sawan, 25-30 lakh in one month fair of Bhadro, 4-5 thousand per day in normal days, 10 benefits in Shivratri fair, and about 1.5 crore visits in the whole year.
Specific Information About Vaidyanath Dham:
- This Shivling is established by Ravana.
- It is one of the twelfth Jyotirlingas.
- One crore Kavad is offered in a month of Sawan, no temple in the world gets so many Kavads.
- 150 km. the long fair is held only in this temple in the world.
- The urn on its top is of gold.
- Chandrakanta Mani is installed in the dome of the temple.
- Ten thousand pandas are employed in the temple.
How To Reach Vaidyanath Dham:
Air: You can reach Deoghar from Kolkata Airport or Ranchi Airport By train.
Train: Deoghar is 6 km away from Jasidih Junction
Road: Vaidyanath Dham is about 3km from the Deoghar bus stand.
Vaidyanath 86 km from Chittaranjan, from Jasidih 06 km, from Deodhar 100 km, from Patna 270 km, from Lucknow to 700 km, from Delhi 1,220 km, from Kolkata 383 km, from Ranchi 336 km, from Dhanbad 105 km, from Bhagalpur 140 km.
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