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Vaidyanatha Jyotirlinga

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

Shiva Vaidyanath JyotirlingaMeditation: I meditate on the Shiva Linga given by Lord Shiva to Ravana as a boon for his penance at Kailasha; which got fixed on the ground (Vaidyanatha) while Ravana was carrying it back to Lanka.

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

Shiva gives boon to Ravana: After offering nine heads, when he was about to offer his tenth head, Shiva appeared and prevented him. Shiva also restored all his other heads and bestowed on him immense prowess. Also, as a boon Ravana wanted to take Lord Shiva himself to Lanka. Shiva instead gave him a Shiva Linga and told him that wherever he kept it on the ground, it will get fixed there.

Ravana places the Shiva Linga on the ground: While carrying the Shiva Linga, Ravana felt a great urge to ease himself due to Shiva Maya. Seeing a cowherd boy, he gave him the Linga to hold for sometime. But the cowherd boy was unable to bear the weight of the Linga for long, and placed it on the ground. The Linga got fixed there and came to be known as Vaidyanatheshwara (Vaidyanatha Jyotirlinga). It bestows both worldly prosperity and salvation, and removes sins by a mere look. After Ravana left, the gods came there, worshipped that Shiva Linga and returned 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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