Deoghar is one of the prominent place of religious importance in the erstwhile Bihar. Originally noted for famous Baba Baidyanath Temple, one of 12 Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva, Deoghar now boasts of several touristic amenities like Ropeways near Trikut Hills and Amusement Park at Nandan Pahar.
How to Reach Deoghar?
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Railways : The nearest Railway Station is Baidyanathdham ( Deoghar ) which is a terminal station of a 7 kms. branch line originating from Jasidih Junction from Baidyanathdham Station.
Roadways : By road Baidyanathdham ( Deoghar ) to Calcutta 373 kms, Giridih 112 kms, Patna 281 kms, Dumka 67 kms, Madhupur 57 kms, Shimultala 53 kms etc.
Bus : Long distance buses connect Baidyanathdham Bus Stand with Bhagalpur, Hazaribagh, Ranchi, Tata Nagar, Gaya etc.
Airways: The nearest Airport is Patna which is directly linked to Deoghar via train and Road. An Air Strip at Deoghar is under-construction.
Weather at Deoghar
- Temperature (deg C) : Summer – Max 36.9, Min 23.0
- Winter : Max 27.7, Min 7.4
- Best Season : October to February
Places of Interest
Nandan Pahar: It is a small hill on the edge of the town which hosts a famous Nandi Temple and faces the famous Shiv temple. The Nandan pahar has a huge park for children, and has a ghost house, a boot house, a mirror house and a restaurant.
Basukinath It is famous for its Shiva Temple, and the pilgrimage to Babadham is considered incomplete without paying homage at Basukinath. It is situated 43 km from Deoghar near the village of Jarmundi and connected by road. It is an indigenous temple decorated with local art.
Naulakha Mandir: It is situated 1.5 km away from the Baba Baidyanath Temple. This temple is similar in appearance to the temple of Ramakrishna in Belur. Inside there are idols of Radha-Krishna. It is 146 feet high and its construction cost around Rs. 900,000 (9 lakhs) and hence it became known as the Naulakha Temple.
Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith: It is a boarding school run by the monks of RK Mission. The campus is full of greenery and has 12 football fields. The Ramkrishna Mission Vidyapith, a branch of Ramkrishna Mission, Belur Math, Howrah district, was established in 1922 with the objective of imparting modern education combined with the values of ancient culture along the lines of the ancient Gurukula.
Satsanga Ashram: It is a holy place for devotees of Thakur Anukulchandra, in the south-west of Deoghar, established by Anukul Chandra. Tapovan is situated 10 km from Deoghar and has a temple of Shiva, called Taponath Mahadeva, which attracts pilgrims. A number of caves are found in this hill. In one of the caves, a Shiva lingam is installed. It is said that Sage Valmiki came here for penance and Sri Sri Balananda Brahmachari obtained Siddhi (success through penance) here.
Rikhia Ashram It is a Bihar School of Yoga (Sri Sri Panch Dashanam Paramhansa Alakhbarah) and was established by Swami Satyananda Saraswati. Thousand of devotees from different corners of the world participate in an annual festival which is held in late November to early December. Foreigner visitors are often seen in the town, especially between November and February. This ashram is considered a sacred place.
Shivganga: It is a pool of water situated just 200 meters away from the Baidyanath Temple. It is claimed that when Ravana was taking the lingam to Lanka, he needed to urinate. Afterwards, wanting to wash his hands before holding the lingam but unable to find a water source nearby, he struck the earth with his fist. Water came out and formed a pond. This pond is now known as Shivaganga.
Harila Jori: It is situated on the northern side of Deoghar, 8 km away from the Baidyanath temple and 5 km away from the Tower chowk. During ancient times, the area was full of Haritaki (Myrobalan) trees. It is claimed that this is the place where Ravana handed over the lingam to lord Visnu disguised as a Brahmin, and went to urinate. A stream flows here and is known as Ravana Jori.
Trikut Hill: It is a hill situated 13 km away from Deoghar, on the way to Dumka, with three main peaks from which it gets its name, Trikutachal. The hill is 1,350 feet (400 m) high. There is also a temple of Shiva here, known as the Trikutachal Mahadeva Temple, and an altar of the goddess of Trishuli.
Jalsar Children’s Park: This park has fun rides for children, including a see-saw and toy train.
Maa Kali Shaktipeeth: It is in the Karnibagh area and is also known as Maa Kali Nagar. The deity, Maa, is in the form of pindi and is popular in the area. Trikuti parvat has the only vertical ropeway in the state of Jharkhand. The ride from the base camp to the summit takes about seven minutes. Today the place has a large population of gray langur monkeys.
Pagla Baba Ashram: It is situated 8 km. away from Tower Chowk on the Jasidih – Rohini road. It was established by Pagla Baba (Late Lilananda Thakur) who belonged to Bangladesh. Here idols of Radha – Krishna are installed. The idols weigh about 6 quintals and are made of eight metals. The Ashram conducts continuous Sankirtan. This ashram is worth visiting.