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Vaidyanatha Jyotirlinga

(Ref: Shiva Purana - Koti Rudra Samhita - 28)

Shiva Vaidyanath JyotirlingaMeditation: I meditate on the Vaidyanatha Jyotirlinga which was the Shiva Linga obtained by Ravana after performing penance at Kailasha, and which got stuck in the ground while Ravana was carrying it back to Lanka.

Ravana performing penance: Once Ravana, who was full of pride worships Lord Shiva in the Kailasha mountain. When he could not please Shiva, he performs more severe tapas. Thereafter he performs tapas at Siddhisthana on the southern side of the mountains within a cluster of trees. He digs up a pit, lights fire in it, and placing the Shiva Linga nearby, performs homa. In summer he performs tapas in panchagni (five fires), during rainy season he sits on the bare earth, and during winter he performs tapas in water. But even then Shiva was not pleased, because Shiva is not pleased with evil-minded persons. Thereafter Ravana becomes noble and starts offering his heads to Shiva, one by one daily.

Shiva giving Linga to Ravana: After offering nine heads, when he was about to offer his tenth head, Shiva appears and prevents him. Shiva also restores all his other heads and bestows on him immense prowess. Also, as a boon Ravana wants to take Lord Shiva himself to Lanka. Shiva instead gives him a Shiva Linga and tells him that wherever he keeps it on the ground, it will get fixed there.

Linga getting fixed on the ground: While carrying the Shiva Linga, Ravana feels a great urge to ease himself due to Shiva Maya. Seeing a cowherd boy, he gives him the Linga to hold for sometime. But the cowherd boy was unable to bear the weight of the Linga for long, and places it on the ground. The Linga gets fixed there and becomes known as Vaidyanatheshwara. It bestows both worldly prosperity and salvation, and removes sins by a mere look. After Ravana leaves, the gods come there, worships that Shiva Linga and returns to their respective abodes.

Pilgrimage: Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga, Deogarh district, Jharkhand Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga, Parli, Beed district, Maharashtra Baijnath Temple, Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga, Deogarh district, Jharkhand Vaidyanatha Jyotirlinga is identified with three temples:
1. Baidyanath Dham in the Deogarh district of Jharkhand.
2. Parli Vaijnath temple in the Beed district of Maharashtra.
3. Baijnath temple in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.



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