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Vaidyanath Temple, also called Vaijnath Temple and Baidyanth Temple is located at Deogarh in the Santal Parganas region of Jarkhand in the south west of Keeul Station. Baidyanath shrine is revered as one of the twelve Jyotirlingams of Shiva. It may be noted that some schools of thought believe Vaidyanath near Parali in (Andhra Pradesh?)/Maharastra to be the Vaidyanatha Jyotirlingam.

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The Vaidyanath Temple in lights!!!
Packed with piligrims
The Shiva Lingam

Devotees of Lord Shiva believe that by sincere worship of Vaijnath Jyotirlinga a person is relieved of all worries and miseries in life. It is also said that by worshipping in the shrine a person attains Moksha and all types of happiness. As a tradition, devotees carry ‘Kanwars’ on their shoulders and complete their travel here. For centuries, devotees of Lord Shiva, in the months of July - August undertake a rigorous 100 km. pilgrimage on foot, from Ajgaibinath to offer holy water to Baba Baidyanath.They are called Bhol Bham Dhak Bham.

The Legend of Vaidyanath

Legend has it that Ravana meditated upon Shiva, and requested him to come over to Sri Lanka, in order that his capital may become invincible. It is said that he attempted to lift Mount Kailash and take it with him to his capital; however Shiva crushed him with his finger, and Ravana prayed to him and sought his mercy, after which Shiva gave him one of the twelve Jyotirlingams with the condition that if it was placed on the ground it would take root immediately.

Ravana carried the Jyotirlingam and began his trek back to his capital. Varuna the God of water, entered his belly, and caused him to feel the need to relieve himself. Vishnu then came down in the form of a lad and volunteered to hold the Jyotirlingam as he relieved himself. Before Ravana returned, Vishnu placed the Jyotirlingam on the ground, and it became rooted to the spot. A disappointed Ravana offered severe penances to Shiva here, and cut off nine of his heads. Shiva revived him and joined the heads to the body, as if by the work of a Vaidya or a physician, hence this Jyotirlingam goes by the name Vaidyanath. The same legend holds at Gokarnam in Karnataka.


The Temple:

The temple is situated in a spacious courtyard bounded by stone walls. In the temple complex are twenty two other temples. The Baijnath or Vaidyanath temple faces east. The top of the Shiva Lingam is slightly broken, keeping with the legend that it chipped away when Ravana tried to uproot it. Near the temple is the Sivaganga lake. The Chandrakoopa well, near the main entrance is said to have been built and consecrated with water from several thirthams by Ravana.

        The temple is full of PANDAs who will bug you the moment you enter the temple.They even try to terorize by saying that they will curse,if you do'nt use their services for puja.But for one who believes in the Almighty,these things will not dither much.

History of Vaidyanath Temple

Another legend has it that this temple was re-discovered by a cowherd Baiju, and hence the name Baijnath.

Vaidyanath is also considered to be one of the 52 Shakti Pitha shrines of Sati. It is believed that the heart of Sati fell here, when her half burnt body being carried by Shiva at the end of Daksha's yagna, was chopped to pieces by Vishnu's discus.

       Vaidyanatheswaram NaamnaatalLinga
Prasiddham Trishulokeshuh Bhuktimukti pradamsataam||
JyotirLingamidam sreshtam Darshant Poojanaadapi||
Sarvapapaharam Divyam Bhuktivardhana muttamam||
Maanusham durlabham Praanya Vaidyanathasya Darshanam||
    Na Karoti naro yastu Janma nirardhakam||
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Mahesh Thaker, Ahmedabad
04 Mar 2014, 13:10
Mr. Dilipkumar... While narrating about this Jyotirling, you have forgotten the title- HOW TO REACH... In this context, the article remains uncomplete...If you can, please try to make it complete.
d.r.krishna prasad
28 Aug 2012, 22:26
kindly guide me how to plan my tour from bangalore I want tocover the following six jyotirlingas 1)vaidyanath parli jaand which is rkhand' 2)vishveswar of varanasi 3)mahakaleshwar of ujjain 4)omkareshwar 5)somanath 6)nageshwar near dwaraka i wish cover this by car kindly send me the driving direction enroute halts thinking that at the most we can cover 500 kms per day which other places i can visit in these routes i also let me know whether accomadations are available at these places or the nearest city wehere we can haltapproximate rates of the hotels with address and contactr and which is the best period to travel thanking you in advance
25 Mar 2012, 20:22
want todetals abtshivatemples
vikas mishra
16 Jul 2011, 16:13
Baba baidya nath ki jay,
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baba kripa karo ki monarch company se mera baki salary jaldi se mujhe mil jaye aur current month ka poora salary bhi properly salary ke time par mila jaye.

baba mera vinti sun lo aur mera murad poora kar do. baba mujh par kripa karo.

Baba baidya nath ki jay.
14 Mar 2011, 13:07
Most people regard Deoghar as Jyotirlinga - it was siad that few people regard "Parli" is considered as the jyotirlinga. But in most books and also most people maintain Deogarh As Jyotirlinga. Any how it is better to visit both :)
God Bless You
08 Mar 2011, 12:48
Hi I have a Query, Which one is a Jyothir Linga the one in Parli - Maharastra or the One in Deoghar. Thanks in advance.
10 Dec 2009, 12:58
vaidyanath temple is in deoghar(jharkhand). it's not in maharashtra or AP . all the photos are of same place(deoghar).
Sai Ganesh
30 Oct 2009, 12:50
Parli Vaidyanath is not in Andhra Pradesh. It is in Maharastra.

Sai Ganesh,