The day was still ripe and our next spot was the Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga Deogarh, Jharkhand. In India, almost all temples had great mythological stories behind them which explained their existence and also stressed on the significance of its deities. This temple was no different. We were all keen to know the story behind this temple and the driver happily obliged. The story according to him was of Ravana who was a great worshipper of Lord Shiva. After great penance, he gained the Kaman lingam from God which would grant all his wishes. But he was warned that if he would lay the Lingam in any spot then it would be impossible to pick it up from there. The other devtaas all conspired against Ravana and had him give the lingam to a Brahmin who laid it here in Deogarh and thus the lingam stayed in Deogarh and Ravana was unable to remove it from here.
The temple is dated back to the 1596 and is the most revered and sacred temple among the Hindus. It is believed that if you wish for something in this temple the Kaman lingam would make it come true. The temple was quite tall, about 72 feet in height and is said to be jam packed in the months of July and August when devotees from all parts of the country come here and worship. The temple architecture was distinct with tall gopurams that looked beautiful and serene with pilgrims all over the place and seen in every corner of the Deogarh complex. The ‘srawan months’ also had great significance for the pilgrims who made their yatra from Sultanganj to Deogarh. This trek is held in great regard by the Hindu devotees. In the premise there could be seen other temples too that had Shakti as the deity. Maa Kamakhya and Maa Mansa were the epitome of the goddesses that were seen worshipping here.
With the ‘mitha dahi’ or sweet curd as Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga Deogarh, Jharkhand temple’s prasad or offering, we left feeling a bit pious. The Bokaro Steel Plant Bokaro Jharkhand was next on our agenda for the upcoming day. The day had been very fulfilling in all aspects.