Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga – Where Lord Shiva Fulfils Your Every Wish
One of the twelve Jyotirlingas, Vaidyanath Shivling is situated in Deoghar of Jharkhand. People also know this place as “Baba Baijnath Dham”. It is said that Lord Shiva fulfils all the wishes of coming here. Hence this Shivling is also called ‘Kamna Ling’.
12 Jyotirlingas Tirath are said to have been established wherever Mahadev appeared. Similarly, there are also many stories of Vaidyanath Jyotirling in Puranas which are related to Lankapati Ravana.
The Story of Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga
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According to legend, Dashanan Ravana was practising meditation on the Himalayas to please Lord Shankar. He was cutting his heads one by one to Shiva Linga. After chopping 9 heads, when Ravana was going to cut his 10th head, Lord Shiva appeared and was pleased to see him and asked him to ask him for his wish.
Then Ravana asked for a boon to take ‘Kamna Ling’ to Lanka. Apart from Lanka, Ravana had the power to rule the three world’s, besides this Ravana had made many Gods, Yaks and Gandharva as Prisoner in Lanka. For this reason, Ravana expressed his desire that Lord Shiva should leave Kailash and stay in Lanka. Mahadev did his best but also kept a condition. He said that “if while taking Shivling to Lanka you kept Shivling even once on the way, then I will remain there and I will not get up from there”. Ravan accepted the condition.
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All deities were worried after listening that Lord Shiva’s is leaving from Kailash. To solve this problem, all went to Lord Vishnu. Then Mr. Hari made a strategy. Lord Vishnu asked Varun Dev to enter Rama’s stomach. So when Ravana walked towards Sri Lanka with Shivling and walked towards Deoghar, Ravana felt his stomach upset. So he had to make a halt in the way in a small village handing over the Shivling to a shepherd (Ganesh in a disguise)named Baiju.
When Ravana did not return after long Ganesh kept the Shivling on the ground. When Ravan returned, he saw the lingam on the ground and he tried hard to lift the Shivling from the ground but it did he was unable to move it. Then he too understood this strategy of Lord Shiva. Since then, this pilgrimage place is famous for both names like Baijnath Dham and Ravaneshwar Dham.
Deoghar literally means the home of the deities. The very holy and magnificent temple of Baba Bholenath is located in Deoghar. Every year in the month of monsoon, there is a serenity fair, in which lakhs of devotees come here.
There is also a huge pond near the temple. The main temple of Baba Baidyanath is the oldest, many other temples have been built around it. The temple of Baba Bholenath is connected with the temple of Lord Parvati.
History of Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga
The construction of the Shri Baijnath Mahadev Temple situated at the entrance to the city was in the tenth century. It was built in the ancient times. This temple is under the patronage of the Archeology Department since 1984. Due to the height of 64 feet, this temple is as charming as it is from outside, the same is as magnificent as inside.
About Architecture of Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga
Vaidyanath Temple at Deogarh houses a large courtyard bound by stone walls. The Baba Baidyanath temple complex consists of the main temple of Baba Baidyanath, where the Jyotirlingam is established, and 21 other temples. The temple of Shiva, Baidyanath faces the east. It stands 72 feet tall with the shape of a lotus. There are three parts of this temple; i.e., the main temple, the middle part, and the entrance part. The aesthetic atmosphere filled with mantras hymns soothes one’s soul and mind. Perfectly placed at the picturesque location, the temple has serene surroundings. It is believed that offering prayers in the temple help in achieving riches and life in the pink.
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Pooja Timings and Vidhi at Vaidyanath Temple
The Puja rituals start from 4.00 AM and continue till 3.30 PM. In the evening at 6 PM to 9 PM
Best Time to visit Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga?
The importance of the Baidyanath Dham is the most during the month of “Saavan”. During this period, lakhs of devotees visit the temple. Most of them first visit Sultanganj, which is at the distance of 105 km from Baidyanath.
This pilgrimage continues during the whole of “Shravan Maas” for 30 days, during July-August. This is the longest religious fair in the world. Besides the great pilgrimage during Shrawan, almost the whole year remains under fair with Shivaratri in March, Basant Panchami in January, Bhadra Purnima in September.
Baidyanath Dham in Deoghar can be easily reached via well-connected transport of road, rail or by air.
Deoghar is well connected by road the distance from Kolkata, Patna, Ranchi is (373 km) (281 km) (250 km) respectively. The Main Bus Stand in Deoghar is located 1 km from the Tower Chowk which is unofficial Center of Deoghar Town.
Deoghar is well connected to Jasidih Railway Station (7 km). Jasidih is well connected to cities like New Delhi, Calcutta, Mumbai, Chennai, Bhubaneswar, Raipur, Bhopal via rail route.
A separate Railway Station has been built up in the North Deoghar area, near Nandan Pahar which links Jasidih to Dumka. A new Railway line connecting Deoghar to Sultanganj is under construction.
Deoghar International Airport is currently under Construction. Deoghar can be reached via Flights from Patna (PAT), Kolkata (CCU) or Ranchi (IXR). The nearest airport is Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Airport, Patna, located at a distance of 272 Kms from Deoghar.
Other places to see in Deoghar
Besides Baba Baidyanath Temple Deoghar attracts many visitors due to the places like Trikuta Parvata, Basukinath Temple, Naulakha Mandir, Sri Sri Thakur Anukul Chandra Satsang Ashram, Maa Shitala Temple and Trikuta Parvata, Archaeological Museum, Chandrakoopa Well, and Harila Joria.
All of these offer a different experience. For an unforgettable experience, a visit to these places is a must.