Baba Dham: Story & history of lord Shiva temple


History and significance:

The mythological Story goes like this:

Ravana, the king of Lanka now Srilanka, a great ruler and scholar has been one of the greatest devotees of the lord Shiva. Though a great scholar, it is believed that he was very much arrogant and stubborn.

One day his obstinate mind drove him to bring his favorite god, lord Shiva, to his house permanently. To fulfill this dream, he went to mount Kailash, the place where lord Shiva used to live with his family and in order to please the supreme lord he cut his head and put it as a sign of sacrifice to please the lord Shiva, but lord Shiva replaced his head with new ones every time. This process was repeated Nine times, after which Shiva was happy & pleased with Ravana’s resilience & devotion and decided to shift his home permanently from Mount Kailash in Himalayas to Srilanka.


The hard Promise to be kept by Ravana:

Lord Shiva was ready to shift to his new home but he had a deal with Ravana that though he was ready to go along with Ravana to Lanka in form of a lingam but Ravana won’t keep the lord on the earth for a single moment until he reaches Lanka. However, if he keeps the God on earth, he wont be able to uproot the God out of once kept on the ground. Happily accepting the deal Ravana was ready to take the God to his home.

Clamoring in the Heaven:

Seeing the supreme lord, lord Shiva, known for his whimsical and blithe behavior  being shifted over to a demon’s house, there was an “SOS” like critical situation in the heavens where all the Gods resided. It was so because if the supreme lord moves over to a demon house then no one would be able to defeat him and one day, Ravana might rule the heaven expelling all the Gods out of heaven.

Shiva in Baba Dham Devghar

Save us, Guru- The lord Vishnu:

Lord Vishnu is said to be guru and rescuer of all the Gods. So, all the Gods decided to hold a meeting with the Guru to find a solution to keep the supreme lord out of reach of the Lanka, the kingdom of Ravana.

The trick and the holy river Ganges:

In the meeting, it was decided that the Ganges will enter inside the Ravana’s body forcing to relieve himself. According to Hindu mythology, a God can not be touched with the hands that has been used in passing water out of body until it’s washed. So, the Ganges entered inside the body of the king ravana forcing him to pee. While Guru Vishnu disguised as a shepherd was watching the whole scene. Ravana, unable to control asked the disguised shepherd to hold the Lingam until he finished peeing. But, it took so long to pass the water since passing the Ganges out was not an easy task. Tired of the time taken by Ravana, the shepherd put down the Lingam on the ground.

The Shiva-lingam at Baba dham:

After finishing his job, Ravana needed water to wash over his hands. There was not any source of water around so he pressed the earth with his thumb to get the water out of the earth. This place is called “Shiva-Ganga” these days.

After washing his hands, he tried to uproot the Lingam out of the earth but he couldn’t. It is said that he used his full power to uproot the Lingam and even the whole earth shook but he could not get the Lingam out. In anger, he pressed the Lingam inside the earth. And this is how one of the twelve lingams of Lord Shiva came into existence.
Until recently, people used to worship the earthened lingam when engineers took the lingam out of the earth.


The Sawan mela/ Kanwar mela: The longest fair in the world

Sawan/Shravan, a Hindi month is said to be the most auspicious month for worshiping the lord Shiva. Monday is said to be the most auspicious day to worship the lord. Sometimes, people keep fasting on the Monday in the month of Shravan. The longest fair in the world starts from Sultanganj, a place in Bhagalpur district in Bihar to the Baba Dham, deoghar in Jharkhand. This fair starts in the Hindi month of Sawan (August- September) and it lasts for more than a month.


In this fair, people mostly wear maroon or red cloths which is again said to be a auspicious color and take the holy Ganges water from SultanGanj(near Bhagalpur in Bihar) to offer the water to Baba Dham(at Deoghar in Jharkhand). The distance between these two places are 105 Kms. Most of the people take around 4-5 days of time to cover the pilgrimage distance. They are known as “Bol bum”. Some cover the distance with in just 24 hours and they are called “Dak bum”. “Dak” means post or a person who always runs like a post-man throughout the journey. To your astonishment, some take around a month to cover the same distance.


Bol Bam.! Bol Bam.! Bol Bam.! Bol Bam.! Bol Bam.! Bol Bam.! Bol Bam.! Bol Bam.! Bol Bam.! Bol Bam.! Bol Bam.!

Source: Jharkhand Tourism 

A girl from the capital of Bihar, trying to understand the past underdevelopment of Bihar and exploring the ways to improve the status of the State