7 of 12 Jyotirling: Shri Vaidyanath / Baidyanath Dham

Baba Dham
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Vaidyanath Jyotirling, also know as Baba Dham, is located in Deoghar, Jharkhand. This Jyotirling is famous for healing, as lord Shiva is a great healer in Himself. People come here to worship, as well in a hope to cure their incurable diseases. This place is also a Shakti-peeth, ‘coz the heart of Sati fell here.

If you wonder, what does Vaidyanath mean? Vaidya means doctor, and nath mens lord; it means, the lord of doctors. The popular healer and life saver mantra, Mahamrityunjaya is from this lord of doctors. There are other mantras as well of lord Shiva for healing, like, Om Sambhavaya Rognashaya Namah; and vidyas like Sanjivini Vidya; and shakti like Sanjivini Shakti. The world of lord Shiva is infinite and nothing is impossible in it.

Story behind Vaidyanath Jyotirling

Once Ravana pleased lord Shiva, and wanted to carry Him in his palace, Lanka. Lord Shiva gave him His Vaidyanath Jyotirling and warned him, if he put it down it would settle there forever. Ravana agreed, and started carrying Jyotirling.

Devatas didn’t like it; so they asked lord of water, Varun Devata to do something. Varun devata entered in his stomach, and provoked Ravana to urinate. Ravana saw a Brahman (lord Vishnu in disguise) and handed over Jyotirling; and asked him to wait for few moments. Brahman agreed and promised not to put it down.

Ravana went few steps ahead to urinate, and wished he’d do it in just a moment — but as Varuna Devata was inside him, it became never ending process. His moments turned in an hour and an hour in many hours. Upto this much time, Brahman was tired, he put down the Jyotirling and went away.

When Ravana came after several hours, he was surprised, angry and frustrated: Why did he urinate so long? Why did Brahman put it down? What was to happened, happened. Lastly he worshiped Jyotirling at that place and returned to Lanka.