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Babadham Deoghar in Ranchi

May 2015 Admin Blog home
Deoghar

Deoghar town, is in the northern part of Jharkhand, in north eastern India. It is a major rail and road junction and agricultural trade centre. An ancient town, it is famous for its group of 22 temples dedicated to the Hindu god Lord Siva (Shiva). Numerous Buddhist ruins are nearby.

The Ravenshwar Mahadeo- Mahatamya temple
Ravan, the stepbrother of Kuber and king of Lanka once realised that all his worldly possessions were useless until he did some godly things. He started "shodsopchar pujan" of lord Shiva. Lord Shiva allowed him to come over to Kailash. Later he did intense Tapsaya and made Lord Shiva happy. Lord agreed to allow him take Kamana Jyotirlinga to Lanka. Lord Shiva put only one condition that the linga shall get "sthapit" (established) at the same place where he shall put it down. Realising that Ravan will become invincible if he could take the Shiv Linga to Lanka, Goddess Parvati asked Ravana to take bath and do achaman (drinking some water) before touching the Shiv- Ling.

In the process Ganga, Jamuna etc rivers entered the stomach of Ravana. Meanwhile Lord Vishnu in the guise of Baiju waited for him on the way. Ravana had terrible urge to urinate but did not want to put the Shiv Ling down, as it shall then get established at that place itself. Seeing Baiju, however Ravana asked him to hold the Ling and went to urinate. He took a terrible long time to urinate and Baiju put the Shiv Ling down presumably after loosing patience. As per conditions of Lord Shiva the Jyotirlinga got established at that place itself and that's why the names - Baijnath dham, Baidyanath Dham, or Ravneshwar Mahadeo.

Although Ravana could not take the Shiv Linga to Lanka, he filled a well called Chandrakup with the holy waters of all important rivers. It is also said that Ravana was the first Kawarian who worshipped the lord with ganga-jal from Haridwar. The Shakti Pith at the main temple is called Hriday (heart) peeth. As per legend heart of Devi Sati fell here when Lord Shiva was moving with her body in trance and grief. It is said all desires in your heart gets fulfilled after worshipping the devi here.

Kanwar Yatra is also called Bam Bam Bole yatra the chant the trekkers make while walking. It is said persons of all age, sex, and even handicapped walk through this difficult trek with total faith on Shiva, called Baba here. Saffron is the dress colour of all trekkers. The trek starts from north flowing Ganga at Sultan Gunj (Bihar state-India) and ends at Babadham Devghar or Baidyanathdham.

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Trip to Binsar

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Binsar

Binsar not much heard of but a small and beautiful forest reserve in the hills of Kumaon. 35 kms from Almora in Uttarakhand is the green forested carpet on the lap of Jhandi Dhar hills. Road drive from Delhi to Binsar took 12 hours, through narrow single track roads.

Delhi - Binsar is 395 kms

Route Delhi - Moradabad - Kaladhungi - Nainital - Almora - Binsar

Tired we could not explore much but early morning we saw the beauty of the place, oaks, firs, pines, ferns rhododendrons....no traffic or tourist rush. Not much inhabitation...we were nestled in a jungle in the self sufficient resort of Club Mahindra in Binsar. Although the resort offered many adventerous activities like valley crossing, river crossing, rock climbing, rappelling, mountain trekking etc we preferred to drink the beauty of nature with nature walks and trekks to the nearby places.

Patal Bhubaneshwar is a temple quite heard of 120 kms away and took us nearly 5 hours to reach the temple ...14 kms from Gangolihat in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. The underground cave was a bit scary at times as we had to crawl and roll to reach it. Kids were a bit scared but surprisingly they made it. This naturally formed cave has a history as it is believed that pandavas has stayed here during their exile. The formations on the walls speak a lot and are interpreted to the Indian epics and is very interesting to explore.

The Zero point is a point high to be trekked for an hour. The forest lovers and photographers can find the route a paradise From Zero point the amazing snow capped Himalayan mountains can be seen, distinctly Nanda devi, Trishul, Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Nanda kot etc. The rhododenderon flower seen in plenty here.

Gananath is 25 kms away. The Mallika Devi temple & Gananath temple is located here. The Gananath temple is situated at a height of 2,116 m. On this route some of the lofty peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul, Nandakhat, etc are visible.

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Beaches in Maharashtra - Ganapatipule is a small village in the Kokan coast with a series of beaches.....the Ganapti temple on the beach draws lots of pilgrims each year. The twin beaches of Aare-Ware and Gaywadi beach flanks on the either sides of the Ganapatipule beach. The nearest railhead and airport is at Ratnagiri.