“Baba Baidyanath Dham” is how a temple called “Baidyanath” located in Jharkhand is popularly known as. This temple is considered to be one among the twelve “jyotirlingas” that exist in the country. It is essentially a temple complex that comprises of the main temple that is inclusive of the “jyotirlinga” and twenty one other temples. Important travel information related to this “religious temple” is as follows.
a. Best time to visit:
The ideal time to visit this temple from November to February during winters when the climate is extremely cool with, temperature ranging from a maximum of 30 degree Celsius to a minimum of 1 degree Celsius.
b. How to reach Baidyanath Temple?
Baidyanath Temple Map
1. By train:
This temple is located in Deoghar city which possesses its own railway station. The Deoghar Railway Station is well connected to major cities and towns in the country.
2. By road:
The closest bus services that connect to major cities and towns in the country are available from a city called Dhanbad.
3. By air:
The nearest airport is located in Gaya in Bihar. The Gaya Airport is well connected to major cities in the country.
c. Religious significance:
This temple is renowned for being one among the twelve “jyotirlingas” in the country. According to a popular myth in Hindu mythology Ravana, the king of Lanka used to devoutly worship Lord Shiva at the (current) site of this temple to receive boons via which he could annihilate the world. According to another legend it was at the site of this temple that Ravana offered his ten heads as a sacrifice to Lord Shiva. In response to Ravana offering his ten heads, Lord Shiva descended upon this earth to cure him and thereby acted as doctor i.e. Vaidhya in Sanskrit. Hence this temple is known as “Baidyanath” i.e. “nath” meaning lord and “baidya” meaning doctor.