Deoghar in Jharkhand is one of the most important religious towns. The city is home to one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva. Every year during the Hindu month of Shravan, an estimated 7 to 8 million devotees visit the Baidyanath Temple in Deoghar.
The main tourist attractions here include:
Baba Baidyanath Temple
The Baidyanath Temple in Deoghar is so famous that the city is sometimes referred to as Baidyanath Dham. The temple is a shrine for one of the 12 auspicious Jyotirlinga dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed to be one of the most revered Shiva temples in the country. The ancient temple also finds mention in old religious scriptures like the Ramayana. As per a legend, Ravana worshipped Shiva at this very same site and offered his ten heads as a sacrifice. Shiva was pleased by this act and he came down to Earth to cure Ravana as a ‘Baidya’ or doctor. That is how the Jyotirlinga here got the name ‘Baidyanath’.
In addition to the main Shiva temple, the Baidyanth temple complex also has 21 other beautiful temples. Some of these include shrines dedicated to Maa Parvati, Maa Kali, Maa Jagat Janani, Kal Bhairav and Lakshmi Narayan. The temple of Maa Parvati is linked to the Shiva temple to symbolize the sacred bond of Shiva and Shakti.
Every year, between the months of July and August, a religious fair is held at the temple during the Shravan month. Millions of devotees visit to offer prayers in this holy month.
Located 11km away from Deoghar, the Trikut Pahar is a popular destination among the locals. The three main peaks of the mountain range are collectively known as the Trikutachal with the highest elevation of 2470 feet. It is believed that these three peaks signify the holy trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. A ropeway service is facilitated here by Damodar Ropeways & Infra Limited (DRIL), one of the oldest ropeway construction companies in India, for visitors to reach the top. This ropeway by DRIL takes about 7 minutes to reach on top where you can visit the Trikutachal Mahadev Temple. Moreover, the panoramic view is also stunning with a bird’s eye view of the entiress Deoghar city.
The Naulakha Temple is situated about 2km away from Deoghar. The temple resembles the Ramakrishna Math in Belur, Kolkata. It is about 146 feet in height and is a shrine for the idols of Radha and Krishna. History states that the temple was constructed with a donation given by Queen Charushila of Pathuria Ghat royal family. The total sum was 9 lakhs, thus, the name Naulakha Mandir.
About an hour’s drive away from the city, the Basukinath Temple is located on the Deoghar to Dumka State Highway. With Lord Shiva as the presiding deity, the temple here is believed to be the court of Baba Bhole Nath. The temple has shrines dedicated to both Shiva and Parvati, built in front of each other. As per belief, Shiva and Parvati come to meet each other every day at evening. This is why every evening, the doors of both the temples are opened and devotees are asked to move away from the gates.