Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga temple
, also known as Baba dham
and Baidyanath dham
is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas
, the most sacred abodes of Shiva
. It is located in Deoghar
in the Santhal Parganas
division of the state
. It is a temple complex consisting of the main temple of Baba Vaidyanath, where the Jyotirlinga is installed, and 21 other temples.
According to Hindu
beliefs, the demon king Ravana
worshipped Shiva at the current site of the temple to get the boons that he later used to wreak havoc in the world. Ravana offered his ten heads one after the another to Shiva as a sacrifice. Pleased with this, Shiva descended to earth and cured Ravana who was injured. As he acted as a doctor, he is referred to as Vaidhya
("doctor"). From this aspect of Shiva, the temple derives its name.
Difficulty in identifying location of Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga
'Vaidyanatham chithabhoomau' is the ancient verse that identifies location of vaidyanth jyotirlinga. According to which vaidyantham is in 'chidabhoomi', which is the ancient name of Deoghar. While, the same part of text has variation by which, verse is 'paralyam vaidyanatham', i.e., Vaidyanatham is in Parli, Maharashtra.
Thus the three temples of,
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