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Lord Baidyanath Temple :
The fame of Deogarh rests upon the sanctity of Lord Baidyanath temple and its importance as sacred tirtha (place of pilgrimage). The ‘Purans' refer to this temple as fit place for funeral obsequies. The Siva Puran links it to Ravana, who felt that his capital should be graced by the presence of Shiva. Accordingly, Ravana went to Mount Kailash where he entreated the god to riside in his territory. Shiva was pleased by his submission but did not accede to his request and instead, offered him one of the 12 jyotirlingas, which was quite as effective. However, there was a condition attached to the transfer of the divine emblem. Ravana was not supposed to break his journey and place the lingam any where else. In case of such a mishappening, the lingam would remain fixed on that spot forever.

The gods were most unhappy at the idea of the divine lingam being established in the enemy kingdom, which would render them powerless against their adversary, Ravana. A strategy was soon worked out to outwit the enemy. The god of water, Varuna entered Ravana's body and urged him to relieve himself. Meanwhile, Vishnu disguised as an old brahmin, befriended Ravana and offered himself to hold the jyotirlinga for a minute.

Ravana realised his folly when he returned to see the lingam on the ground with the Brahmin nowhere to be seen. Ravana did his best to uproot the lingam but beyond breaking the tip he was unsuccessful. He finally prostrated before the invincible lingam, which has ever since remained rooted at Deogarh. In deep remorse, Ravana used to come to this place everday and worship the lingam by offering water from the Ganges.

Historically the temple is dated to 1596 when a hunter by the name of Baiju, discovered the lost lingam. Since then it came to be known as Baidyanath and people also call it Kamma Lingam - the desire fulfilling lingam.

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The main temple of Baidyanath is the oldest one and is surrounded with various other temples. The male temple of Shiva is connected to the female temple of Parvati from the summit with colourful silken ropes.



More info on the city

Deogarh is the main town of the Deogarh district in the Santhal Parganas region of Jharkhand. It is a serene place having a picturesque, natural scenic location. Lush green forests of Data Jungle form the northern outskirts of this beautiful little town. Nandan Pahar and Trikutaparbata are two low hills having forest covers which lie to the north-east and west of Deoghar respectively.




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