Baba Baidyanatha – The Most Sacred abodes of Shiva. “Baba Baidyanatha Dham” or “Baba Dham” all these names for this one of the most sacred jyotirlinga. Shiva, the guru of all, the “Adi yogi”, the creator of this universe had something special with this place. That’s why Baba Baidyanatha jyotirlinga is one of the most sacred abodes of Shiva. This jyotirlinga will connect us to the demon king Ravana and his devoting attitude to Lord Shiva. Again, this temple will connect you from the stretched Mount Kailash in the north to Lanka in the South.
I have many interesting stories to tell about Baba Baidyanatha – The Most Sacred abodes of Shiva. Of course, I have a special place for Lord Shiva in my heart and this sacred temple is situated in my hometown. I will try my best to give you the best knowledge about the most sacred abodes of Shiva.
Description of the Baidyanatha Temple.
This jyotirlinga is in the Deogarh district of Jharkhand. If we talk about the temple complex there are 21 more temples are there with one main temple of Baba Baidyanatha. Baba Baidyanatha temple shares the knot up with the Maa Parvathi temple, with huge red sacred threads which are unique and worthy of reverence, showing the unity of Shiva and Shakti.
The main temple of Lord Shiva faces the east and is a plain stone structure with a pyramidal tower, 72 feet tall. The top contains three ascending-shaped gold vessels that are completely set and were donated by the Maharaja of Giddhaur. Besides three pitcher-shaped vessels, there is a Panchshula (five knives in a trident shape), which is rare. In the inner top, there is an eight-petaled lotus jewel Chandrakanta Mani. Boundaries of the temple complex contain a total of 4 main gates i.e., facing every direction. A well in the complex of the temple called “Chandra Koop” people offer water to the lord from this well.
How to reach Baba Baidyanatha Dham Jyotirlinga?
If you already know about this place then you also know that how to reach this consecrated land of Lord Shiva. But, on the other hand, if you are reading it for the first time and you have no idea about this sacred temple then this blog may help you.
If you want to visit Baba Baidyanatha Dham Jyotirlinga, there are various ways, take a train route to Jasidih Junction or you can visit by your own vehicle too. Airport is about to open in this city, till then if you want to visit the place by flight then you have to land Patna, the capital of Bihar, and from there you can take direct cab to the main gate of the temple, or you can use train.
Note: Do visit this temple in “Shravani Mela” once in your lifetime.
What so special about this temple?
As I have mentioned earlier, this temple has many interesting stories this temple will connect you to the stretched Mount Kailash in North to Lanka in South.
Let’s begin with the stories….!!
Ravana the Demon King was devoted to Lord Shiva, he meditated for years in mount Kailash, his wish was to take a “Shivalinga” to Lanka, after years of meditation Lord Shiva didn’t show up and then Ravana started cutting his head one by one. With only one head left then, Lord Shiva showed up and asked him what he wants. With this incident with Lord Shiva and the demon King Ravana, it is said that Lord Shiva paid a visit as a “Baid” in present-day “a doctor”. So, after this incident, this jyotirlinga is known as “Baba Baidyanatha”.
Connecting to this story
There is one more story that adds some interest to this place, after all, the “Baid” incident when Lord Shiva agreed to Ravana and given him the Shivalinga. Then Lord Shiva also made a condition to Ravana i.e., “you have to take this Shivalinga direct to the Lanka, if you will put this Linga anywhere in between your journey then I will not move from there”. Ravna agreed to the condition. When Ravana started his journey, in between the journey he needs to pee. And according to the given condition of Lord Shiva, Ravana cannot put Shivalinga down.
So, he decided to give Linga to one kid there in the jungle with the cattle. And it is said it was “Lord Ganesha”. After that Ravana go to pee and he made a pond from it. It is believed that “Maa Ganga” was there in Ravana at that time. Today that pond is named “Shiva Ganga” when you visit Baba Baidyanatha Dham Jyotirlinga, you will see the “Shiva Ganga”.
Coming back to the story,
When Ravana came, he saw that kid had put down the Shiva Linga there, he got shocked. And then he recalled the condition of Lord Shiva given to him. After that Ravana tried so hard to lift the Linga but he wasn’t able to do so, as per the condition the Linga was fixed there. With this Ravana got angry and he pushed the Linga with his thumb and travelled to Lanka. After that Lord Vishwakarma got the job to build a temple there before sunrise. And it’s said that Lord Vishwakarma failed to do so. It was believed that he was at his last step to make his own temple and the sun was about to rise so he left the temple half constructed.
When you visit the temple, you will feel the vibe. i.e., how old these temples are? containing all these hard rocks without any damage till now.
Note: Every evening there is a ceremony called “Sringara Puja” of Lord Shiva in the main temple. And it is a must-watch. An added feature of this ceremony is that “garland” for the lord Shiva is made by the prisoner of Deoghar Jail. The panda of the temple visit Deoghar jail and collect that garland from the prisoners. They are not allowed to halt anywhere in between the jail and temple.
My opinion on the temple, for me Baba Baidyanatha – The Most Sacred abodes of Shiva is art. With lots of hidden stories inside its doors. Pay a visit to this most sacred jyotirlinga in your life once.
HAR HAR MAHADEV!!
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