Are You Aware of the History and Significance of Baidyanath Temple?
Deoghar, Jharkhand based Baidyanath temple is one of the Jyotirlinga temples that are revered for worshipping Lord Shiva. Famous as Baba Baidyanath Dham, temple’s history is believed to have been derived from several manuscripts and the engravings at different places in the area. People from all around the country are attracted to this beautifully designed pilgrimage and come to offer prays and seek blessings of Lord Shiva. The Baidyanath temple is famous for various interesting facts associated with it which also highlight the importance of this temple.
The Significance of Baidyanath temple
As per Shiva Purana, Ravana, the king of Lanka in the Treta Yuga felt that his land and capital would not be free from enemies unless Lord Shiva stayed there forever. Due to his continuous meditation and prayers, Lord Shiva got pleased and allowed him to carry his lingam to Lanka. Mahadeva also warned him against placing it anywhere during his journey to Lanka or transferring it to anyone. He cautioned him that if there will be a break in the middle of his journey to Lanka; the lingam will be fixed at that place forever.
Though Ravana was happy on his return journey to his palace, his fate has something else in store. Gods made a fool of him to acquire Shiva’s lingam, as they didn’t like to see Lord Shiva as his protector. The Gods projected a plan for beating Ravana. They requested Varuna Deva to enter into the belly of the king of Lanka, so that he will feel the urge to release water from his body. As per their plan, Ravana started looking for a man, whom he could hand over the lingam temporarily. Thereafter, Vishnu, in the guise of a Brahmin appeared before Ravana to whom he handed over the lingam. As Ravana went to release excessive water from his belly, the Brahmin placed the Shivalingam at that place, which is now famous as Baidyanath Dham.
Another story of Baidyanath temple
As per another legend, the Baidyanath temple was built at the place where Goddess Sati’s heart fell after the incident at Daksha Yagna. The temple is also famous among devotees for the ‘Sharavvan Mela’ which is organized in the months of July and August. During this period, around 7-8 million devotees visit the holy place after collecting the holy Ganges water from Sultangunj to offer it to the diety.