|• Total||337 km2 (130 sq mi)|
|Elevation||254 m (833 ft)|
|• Rank||5th in Jharkhand|
|• Density||602/km2 (1,560/sq mi)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Sex ratio||921 ♂/♀|
Deoghar is the main city of the Deoghar District in the Santhal Parganas division of the state of Jharkhand, India. It is an important Hindu pilgrimage centre with the Baidyanath Temple being one of the twelve Shiva Jyothirlingas in India and one of the 51 Shakti Peethas in India. It is situated 150 km from regions largest city Bhagalpur. Deoghar was earlier part of Dumka District.
Origin of name
Deoghar is a Hindi word and the literal meaning of 'Deoghar' is abode ('ghar') of the Gods and Goddesses ('dev'). Deoghar is also known as "Baidyanath Dham", "Baba Dham", "B. Deoghar". The origin[better source needed] of Baidyanathdham is lost in antiquity.
Deoghar is located at  It has an average elevation of 254 metres (833 feet)..
Deoghar is set in an attractive, undulating landscape, with water courses and small hills. To the north of the town there is a wood called Baba Jungle, named after a fakir; to the north-west is a low wooded hill called Nandan Pahar; and to the east about 10 miles away there is a low range of hills known as Trikuti or Trikutaparvata. There are a number of small hills to the south-east, south and southwest. Two rivulets, Yamunajor and Dharua, run near the town.
The climate is dry and Deoghar is considered a health resort in spite of congestion due to the temple of Baidyanath (also spelled Vaidyanath), as well as being the site of criminal and civil courts and a large number of Government establishments.
The nearest railway station is Baidyanathdham. Jasidih Junction is about 7 km from Baidyanathdham railway station, which is on the main line of the Howrah-Delhi route of the Indian railway. It is about 229 km from Patna (capital of Bihar), 322 km from Ranchi (capital of Jharkhand), and about 315 km from Kolkata (capital of West Bengal)and 150 km from bhagalpur.
Major educational institutes in Deoghar include Indira Gandhi National Open University Regional Centre, Deoghar , Deovalley High School, S.K.P Vidya Vihar, BIT Deoghar, extension centre of BIT Mesra, St. Francis School Jasidih, Deoghar College, A S College, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith, St. Francis School, Modern Public School, urmila college of education, Neo Consultancy, R. Mitra High School,established in 1914, D A V Public School and Dev Sangha National School, R.L Shroff High School, Red Rose School, Superb Scholar School, S.J Academy, St. Xaviers School, Blue Bells School, R M B P J High School, Deoghar Utkarsh College and many more educational institutes.
As of 2011[update] India census, Deoghar has a population of 203,116 and 17.62% of the population is under 6 years of age. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Deoghar has an average literacy rate of 66.34%, lower than the national average of 74.4%. Male literacy rate is 79.13% and female 52.39%.
Railways: Deoghar Town is located 7 km from Jasidih junction. There are trains linking Deoghar Town to Jasidih every hour in morning and evening and every few hours during day time.
Deoghar Town has two railway stations, Baidyanathdham (BDME) and Deoghar (DGHR). Deoghar is linked to Dumka while Baidyanathdham is linked only to Jasidih, though several trains originate from here to cities like Ranchi, Varanasi, Asansol.
Airways: Deoghar International Airport is under construction. Reaching Deoghar via flight is limited to Patna (PAT), Kolkata (CCU) or Ranchi (IXR). The nearest airport is Patna from where you can take a train journey or hire a taxi.
Deoghar, also known as Baidyanath Dham, is an important Hindu pilgrimage site. It is one of the twelve jyotirlingam and also one of the 51 shaktipeeths, and is famous for the mela of Shrawan, 4th month according to the Hindu calendar system. It is, along with Shrisailam, one of the few places in India where the jyotirlinga and the shaktipeeth are together, lying sided beside each other. Each year between July and August (on the eve of the month of Shrawana) in Deoghar Yatra about 7 to 8 million devotees come from various part of India bringing holy water from various areas of Ganges at Sultanganj, which is almost 108 km from Deoghar, in order to offer it to Shiva. During that month, a line of people in saffron-dyed clothes stretches over the full 108 km. It is the longest Mela of the Asia.
The temple of Baidyanath or Shiva is the most important of all the temples in the courtyard. The temple faces the east and is a plain stone structure with a pyramidal tower, 72 feet tall. The top contains three ascending shaped gold vessels that are compactly set, and were donated by the Maharaja of Giddhaur. Besides these pitcher shaped vessels, there is a Punchsula (five knives in a tridenta shape), which is rare. In the inner top there is an eight-petaled lotus jewel called Chandrakanta Mani.
The lingam inside is of cylindrical form, about 5 inches in diameter and projecting about 4 inches from the centre of a large slab of basalt. The top is broken, with an uneven surface, and it is not possible to tell how much of the lingam is buried within the basalt.
There are a number of different porches in the temple. One porch leads to the cell where the lingam is fixed. A second porch is in front with a row of pillars spanned by blocks of basalt. On the right side there is a sandstone image of Nandi.
There are bells fixed to the ceiling and pilgrims are supposed to pull the bell ropes to announce their approach to the divinity.
Places of interest in and around Deoghar
- Rikhia Ashram: It is an extension of Bihar School of Yoga (Sri Sri Panch Dashanam Paramhansa Alakhbarah) and was established by Paramahamsa Swami Satyananda Saraswati. Thousand of devotees from different corners of the world participate in an annual festival which is held in late November to early December. Foreigner visitors are often seen in the town, especially between November and February. This ashram is considered a sacred place. The ashram has been working on the yoga of Serve,Love and Give to uplift the lives of the once deprived people of the several villages of Rikhia neighbourhood.
- Nandan Pahar: It is a small hill located on the eastern side of Deoghar. It is a medium-sized beautiful Hill Park and one of the major hangout places in Deoghar. It has several temples apart from a ghost house, a boot house, a mirror house and a restaurant.
- Basukinath (in Dumka District): It is famous for its Shiva Temple, and the pilgrimage to Babadham is considered incomplete without paying homage at Basukinath. It is situated 43 km from Deoghar near the village of Jarmundi and connected by road. It is an indigenous temple decorated with local art. Basukinath is one of the most ancient temples. There are many other small temples of different Gods and Goddesses nearby.
- Naulakha Mandir: It is situated 1.5 km away from the Baba Baidyanath Temple. This temple is similar in appearance to the temple of Ramakrishna in Belur. Inside there are idols of Radha-Krishna. It is 146 feet high and its construction cost around Rs. 900,000 (9 lakhs) and hence it became known as the Naulakha Temple. It was constructed by Queen Charushila of Pathuria Ghat King’s family from Kolkata.
- Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith: It is a senior Secondary School run by Ramakrishna Mission Kolkata. Its campus is full of greenery and is a major sightseeing place. It was established in 1922 with the objective of imparting modern education combined with the values of ancient culture along the lines of the ancient Gurukula.
- Satsanga Ashram: It is a holy place for devotees of Sree Sree Thakur Anukulchandra, in the south-west of Deoghar, established by himself in 1946. On 24 September 2012, twelve people died and fifty people were injured in the Satsanga Deoghar disaster.
- Tapovana: It is situated 10 km from Deoghar and has a temple of Shiva, called Taponath Mahadeva, which attracts pilgrims. A number of caves are found in this hill. In one of the caves, a Shiva lingam is installed. It is said that Sage Valmiki came here for penance and Sri Sri Balananda Brahmachari obtained Siddhi (success through penance) here.
- Shivganga: It is a pool of water situated just 200 meters away from the Baidyanath Temple. It is claimed that when Ravana was taking the lingam to Lanka, he needed to urinate. Afterwards, wanting to wash his hands before holding the lingam but unable to find a water source nearby, he struck the earth with his fist. Water came out and formed a pond. This pond is now known as Shivaganga.
- Harila Jori: It is situated on the northern side of Deoghar, 8 km away from the Baidyanath temple and 5 km away from the Tower chowk. During ancient times, the area was full of Haritaki (Myrobalan) trees. It is claimed that this is the place where Ravana handed over the lingam to lord Visnu disguised as a Brahmin, and went to urinate. A stream flows here and is known as Ravana Jori.
- Trikut Pahar: It is a hill situated 13 km away from Deoghar, on the way to Dumka, with three main peaks from which it gets its name, Trikutachal. The hill is 1,350 feet (400 m) high. There is also a temple of Shiva here, known as the Trikutachal Mahadeva Temple, and an altar of the goddess of Trishuli. It is the site of Jharkhand's first ropeway, built by Damodar Ropeway and Construction Company, Kolkata, which is the only vertical ropeway in the state of Jharkhand. The ride from the base camp to the summit takes about seven minutes. Today the place has a large population of gray langur monkeys.
- Trikutachal Ashram: It is located at the height of 1000 ft. on the Trikut Hill and founded by Sri Sri Swami Sampadananda Gurumaharaj (also known as Yadav Chandra Chakravorty) who lived from 1899 to 1987. Born in Roshan Giri, Bangladesh, Yadav became a disciple of Thakur Dayananda and, in 1924, came to Trikuth Parvat to live in a small cave on the hill, where he meditated for 50 years. Villagers come to see the Yogi to get his blessing. The Trikut Ashram was gradually constructed, initially with small living rooms for disciples to stay in night. Mother Bhakti Prava Devi came with her parents in 1952 and met Swami Sampadananda at the Trikut Ashram. In 1977, she moved into the Trikut Ashram permanently and became a nun. Sri Chandan Swami was initiated in 1987, becoming Sannyasi (a monk) and now managing the Ashram's day-to-day activities.
- Koiridih: It is a historical place near the river with an English rest house and a teak wood forest, the Dighariya forest. This village produced a famous Gandhian freedom fighter, called Ayodhya Prasad Singh. One of his colleague Bhubneshwar Prasad Roy a reputed social worker lives 1 km away from Koiridih in BasantPur Village surrounded by ponds, forest and Ajay River with natural beauty. He was senior leader of BJP Deoghar District and a retired school Principal, known for his loyalty and social work.
- Prabhu Jagadbandhu Ashram: It is situated 4 km away from Deoghar on the way to Tapovan, near the Charki Pahari crossing. The ashram houses the stone-temple of Prabhu Jagadbandhu, a religious preacher born in a hamlet called Dahapara of Murshidabad, Bengal.
- J.A.P 05 Camp (Dahijor Camp): It was established in 1975 and is situated 9 km away from Deoghar on the way to Dumka on the Bhagalpur road. There is a beautiful Shiv temple (Shakti Nath Mandir) in front of J.A.P 05 main gate and plenty of sports facilities, such as football, basketball, handball, hockey, kabaddi and volleyball.
- Ram Nivas Ashram: It is where Sri Sri Balananda Brahmachari Maharaj, a great yogi and guru, used to stay and meditate. His disciple, and the 2nd Mohanta (Head) of the ashram, Mohanananda Brahmachari, also stayed here. The ashram is surrounded by trees and gardens, and has the temples of Tripura Sundari, Radha-Krishna, and Bhagbati Devi. A memorial temple marks the place where the ashes of Sri Mohanananda Brahmachari were put to rest.
- Jalsar Children's Park: This park has fun rides for children, including a see-saw and toy train.
- Maa Kali Shaktipeeth is in the Karnibagh area and is also known as Maa Kali Nagar. The deity, Maa, is in the form of pindi (a vertical mass) and is popular in the area.
- Central Plaza - A fully integrated air conditioned mall situated at Netaji Subhas Road housing stores like Big Bazaar, Peter England, Allen Soley, Duke, Liberty, Cantabil, Reebok, Killer, Lee, Numero Uno, Samsung Cafe, Hoffmen, Belmonte, John Players, Wrangler, Denizen ( Levis ) and many more. There is also a multiplex name Eylex and Food Court to savour the taste buds.There is also play station.
- Kunda Jagrat Kali Mandir-Situated about 3 km from Deoghar City on the way to Deoghar Sarwan Road. Build by Late Fakir Chandra Chatterjeea about 100 yrs ago. Now the temple is managed by Sri Nitai Chandra Chatterjee and Sri Basudeb Chatterjee both grandsons of Late Fakir Chandra Chatterjee. Earlier Late Gosto Behari Chatterjee used to look after the temple. The deity in the temple is about 100 yrs old and made of clay. Anything prayed to Maa Kali is definitely fulfilled by the God here. People from Deoghar and from other parts of the India visit these temple all the year around.
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Hridoy Kunda in Deoghar is sacred pond. It is believed that the sacred heart of Mata Sati has fallen in the Sacred pond, from which the name Hridoy Kund has been derived.
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