Home to a complex of 22 temples of which the biggest and the tallest
at 72-ft is the Temple of Baidyanath that houses one of the 12 revered
jyotirlingas in the country, Deoghar is the most sacred place in
Jharkhand. It holds great sanctity among Hindus because it is believed
to be the only kamanalingam - a lingam that has the power to fulfil
all dreams. Every year, in the month of Shravan (July-August),
devotees undertake an arduous 100 km trek from Ajgaibinath (Sultanganj)
to Baidyanath Dham. The pilgrimage ends at Basukhinath, a hilly,
scenic town about 43km from Deoghar. At the Deoghar complex, also
visit the temples associated with tantric practices and Shakti worship
like Ma Sandhya, Mansa, Ma Bagla and Ma Kamakhya. Before leaving don't
forget to make an offering of meetha dahi to Lord Baidyanath.
Naulakha Temple is situated 1.5km from the Baidyanath Temple. The yoga
centre (Ashram) at Rikhia is worth a visit and is situated about 8Km
Temple Timings: 4 am-12.30 pm, 6-9pm
Nearest Airport: Patna 270 km
Railway Station: JaSidih 8km. One can also take the Hatia Baidyanath
Dham Express from Ranchi Station
The highest hill in Jharkhand, towering to an elevation of 4,480 ft
,is about 35 km from Giridih town.The Parasnath Temple is considered
to be one of the most important and sanctified holy places of Jains.
According to jain beliefs 20 of the 24 Tirthankars are said to have
achieved salvation. Join the jains in their spiritual journey by
walking up the steep hill.
Temple Timings: 8 am onwardS Nearest Airport: Ranc 140 km
Railway Station Dumri
About 39 km off Ranchi Tata Road stands a temple dedicated to Surya,
the Sun God. Drawn by seven magnificent horses with Surya sitting in
splendour the chariot shaped temple looks ready to take off. Stay at
its dharamshala, if you like to.
Just 70 km from Ranchi this cave-like structure with a tiny headless
statue (Chhinnamastika) of Goddess Kali on the confluence of
river Bhairavi and Damodar, is believed to have ancient origins. The
Goddess is seen standing on bodies of Kamdeo and Rati on a lotus bed.
Don't forget to buy famous khoya peda here. Timing 4 am-12, 4-6 pm.
According to buddhist chronicles, when an aunt of Lord Buddha failed
to distract him from his asceticism and meditation, she gave up in
desperation uttering "Iti Khoyi" literally meaning "lost here". King
Siddharatha continued his meditation and attained enlightment
but the muttering of his aunt to stuck this village. Iti Khoyi
eventually became Itkhori where Hindus, Jains and Buddhist co-exist
happily to this day. You can visit the Maa Bhadrakali Temple complex
here, besides an ancient stupa like structure with 104 Bodhisattvas
and a foot impression of Sheetalnath, the 10th tirthankara, that is
revered by the jains. stay at hazaribagh (see A culture Apart)
Nearest Airport: Ranchi 162 Km railway Station Kodema