Deogharis, is the main city of Deoghar district of the state of Jharkhand in India. It is an important Hindu pilgrimage centre, for it has the Vaidyanath Temple being one of the twelve Shiva Jyothirlingams in India and one of the 51 Shakti Peethas in India, one of the holiest sites for Hindus.
Places to see in Deoghar:
The temple has a legend behind it..
According to ancient Indian mythology, Ravana went to Mount Kailash and prayed to Lord Shiva (A Hindu God and mythic figure), who gave him a Jyotirlinga to take to his land, with the promise not to place the lingam anywhere else. In case that happened, the lingam would remain fixed on that spot forever. The gods, who were unhappy at the prospect of the divine lingam being established in the enemy kingdom, which would render them powerless against their adversary, worked a trick on Ravana. He mistakenly handed over the lingam to a brahmin, who grounded it at Deoghar. Ravana did his best to uproot it but beyond breaking the tip he was unsuccessful. In deep remorse, he used to come to this place everyday and worship the lingam by offering water from the Ganges. Historically, the temple is dates back to 1596. The temple has almost all god & godesses and the temple is built on a single rock. During the month of ‘Sawan’, people from across the country come to offer ganga jal to the divine Shivaling.
For centuries, devotees, in the month of Shravan (June-July) undertake a rigorous 100-km pilgrimage on foot from Ajgaibinath (Sultanganj) in Bhagalpur district to offer holy water from the Ganges to the lingam at Deoghar. It is advised that you do not visit during these months.
It is a beautiful temple of Radha-Krishna on the outskirts of Deogarh.
It is a holy place for the followers of Sri Sri Thakur Anukulachandra. It also has a museum and a zoo with a sarva dharma mandir.
A picnic spot with some caves and lots of monkeys. 8 km from Deoghar. Balanand Brahmachari used to meditate here.
8 km from Deoghar, famous for Shiva Temple.
16 km from Deoghar, source of the River Mayurakshi – vehicles come to the base but one has to walk up. Recently a rope -way has been built to ferry people to the top.
Prabhu Jagadbandhu Ashrama
Located 4 km from Deoghar, on the way to Tapovan, near Charki Pahari crossing – for short stay in a cool, pristine environment with monks and other ashramiks.