WELCOME TO DEOGHAR: "The city of Temples"
Located in northeastern Jharkhand, Deoghar is a major Hindu pilgrimage and a famous health resort. It has the ancient temple of Baba Baidyanath, which is one of the twelve 'jyotirlingas' in India. Baidyanath Dham, situated in the Santhal Parganas of Bihar, is a very important piligrim centre. It's famous for the temple of Shiva-Baidyanath and the place is a popular holiday centre.
Deoghar is an ancient town famous for its group of 22 temples dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Numerous Buddhist ruins are also located nearby. Deoghar has a hospital, a tuberculosis clinic, and a leper asylum and houses several colleges (including a teacher-training institute) affiliated with Bhagalpur University. The Muslim invader Bhaktiyar Khilji made Deoghar his capital in 1201 after the conquest of Bihar.
BABA BAIDHNATH TEMPLE, TAPOVAN, NOULAKHA TEMPLE, NANDAN PAHAR, SATSANG NAGAR, NAV DURGA TEMPLE, RAM KRISHNA ASHRAM, PAGAL BABA TEMPLE, HIJLA JORIA, MANDAR HILLS, TRIKUTI PAHAR, DEV SANGH etc.
HOW TO REACH
Rail:the nearest railway station is Baidyanath Dham (Deoghar) which is a terminal station of a 7 km branch line originating at Jasidih Jn. on the Howrah-Delhi main line. Apart from local trains on the branch line trekkers (type of jeep) taking in passengers on a per person fare basis and auto rickshaws are available.
Road : Deoghar is approachable from Kolkata 373 km, Giridih 112 km, Patna 281 km, Dumka 67 km, Madhupur 57 km, Shimultala 53 km and other places. Regular buses are available from surrounding towns.
Local Transport:Unmetered Taxis, Scooters, Cycle Ricksaws are available.
|BAIDHNATH TEMPLE: Ravana went to Mount Kailash and prayed to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva gave him a Jyotirlinga and asked him to take it to his land. Ravana was not supposed to break his journey and place the lingam any where else. In case of such a mishappening, the lingam would remain fixed on that spot forever. The gods were most unhappy at the idea of the divine lingam being established in the enemy kingdom, which would render them powerless against their adversary, Ravana. A strategy was soon worked out to outwit the enemy. The god of water, Varuna entered Ravana?s body and urged him to relieve himself. Meanwhile, Vishnu disguised as an old brahmin, befriended Ravana and offered himself to hold the jyotirlinga for a minute. Ravana realised his folly when he returned to see the lingam on the ground with the Brahmin nowhere to be seen. Ravana did his best to uproot the lingam but beyond breaking the tip he was unsuccessful. He finally prostrated before the invincible lingam, which has ever since remained rooted at Deogarh. In deep remorse, Ravana used to come to this place everday and worship the lingam by offering water from the Ganges. Historically the temple is dated to 1596 when a hunter by the name of Baiju, discovered the lost lingam. Since then it came to be known as Baidyanath and people also call it Kamma Lingam - the desire fulfilling lingam.Kamana Ling is located about 1 KM from the railway station
|NAULAKHA TEMPLE: The beautiful temple of Radha-Krishna on the outskirts of Deogarh is worth a visit for its sheer architectural appeal. It was built by one of the disciples of Balanand Brahmachari, Rani Charushila , the queen of Pathuriaghat of Deoghar. Balanand Brahmachari used to meditate at Tapoban, 8 km from the city. Tapoban is an equally fascinating place famous for its hill top temples and caves.|
|TAPOVAN: Situated on the eastern front of Deoghar about 9 kms from the city is a famous place of "Pahari Mandirs" where are a no. of caves and it was a meditation place for the rishis and munis for a long time. Thus it came to be known as Tapovan.|
|RIKHIA DHAM: This world famous Yogashram of "Shivanand Math Yogacharya" continues to serve the people and provides new life to the needy, is situated about 9 kms away from Deoghar in the northern part of the town.
This Yogashram is a new branch of world famous "Shivanand Math of Munghyi" Every year on the eve of "shri Krishnajanamastmi" and "Sita Kalyanam" a "Shatchandi Mahayagya" is organized in which innumerable devotees from this country and abroad take part to in it.|
|TRIKUTI HILL: It is situated 13 km away from Deoghar on the way to Dumka. There are three main peaks on the hill which is why it is called Trikutachal. The height of this hill is 2,470 feet (750 m). There is also a temple of Shiva at this place known as Trikutachal Mahadeva Temple. It is the mouth of river Mayurakshi. Here we also find an altar of the goddess of Trishuli. It is an attractive place with a cool stream flowing. Now this have Jharkhand's first ropeway.|
|SATSANG ASHRAM: Satsang Ashram : This ashram is a holy place to visit for many foloowers of Shri Shri Thakur Anukulachandra which propagates Arya Dharma and culture. It also has a museum and a zoo with a sarva dharma mandir, which is worth seeing.|
|NANDAN HILLS: It's a beautiful hill and lies on the western side of Deoghar-the whole town and its surroundings is visible from here. For the tourists there are various arrangements like train, Russian swing, Boating club, restaurants, etc, together with a big statue of 'Nandi' - all these attract numerous visitors to this place.|
|PAGAL BABA TEMPLE: Pagala Baba Temple :A pair of temples situated on the west nad about 1.5 km away from the station of Jasidih and 9 kms. from Deoghar is the ashram of late Leelanand Chakrovorty, also known as Pagla Baba. For 101 years baba had promised to continue bhajans and kirtans here , which still continues here day and night.|
|NAV DURGA TEMPLE: Nav Durga Temple is about 2.5 km away from Deoghar is situated an attractive temple of Maa Durga which has a metallic temple of Maa Durga, and paintings depicting her nine forms.|
|HARILA JORIA: Harila Joria is a Shiva Temple situated in the northern direction of Deoghar at a distance of 5 Km. There is an old Shivalingam in this temple and according to local legends it had sprung up from beneath a yellow myrobalan ( Haritaki) tree for which this 'linga' is also called 'Haritakinath'.|
|RAMKRISHNA MISSION ASHRAM: Ramkrishna Mission Ashram : It is a famous educational center based on the principles of Shri Ram Krishna and his disciple Swami Vivekananda. There is a museum , a zoo and a artistic temple of Shri RamKrishna at this place.|
|HINDI VIDYA PEETH: About 1 km away in the northern part of Baba Mandir is this Vidyapeeth established by our first President Dr. Rajendra Prasad in the year. 1929 and he served as the Vice Chancellor of this institution. Here foreigners and non-hindi students are taught Hindi.|