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 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.
Prasiddham Trishulokeshuh Bhuktimukti pradamsataam||
JyotirLingamidam sreshtam Darshant Poojanaadapi||
Sarvapapaharam Divyam Bhuktivardhana muttamam||
Maanusham durlabham Praanya Vaidyanathasya Darshanam||
Na Karoti naro yastu Janma nirardhakam||