Shri Vaijnath Temple
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Shri Vaijnath Temple (Marathi श्री वैजनाथ मंदिर ) is an ancient Shiva temple,Jyotirlinga, located at Parli in Beed district of Maharashtra, India. Out of the 12 ‘jyotirlingas’ of Lord Shiva, five are situated in Maharashtra. Parali Vaijanath is one of them. Being popular as a ‘jyotirlinga’ it attracts a constant stream of devotees throughout the year and especially so in the Hindu calendar month of Shravan when pilgrims come here to have ‘darshan’ of the auspicious ‘shivlinga’. Parali is a taluka in Beed district and is primarily known for the temple. Known as the Vaijanath Temple, it is built out of stone on a small hill and is surrounded by a wall that protects it from all sides.
According to mythology, it is said that Ravana on his way from Himalaya to Lanka was carrying this Jyotirling and Narad Muni conned him in to dropping the Linga at this very place. The Linga is believed to have been stuck here since then. From that day this shiv jyotirling is praised and is called as Swayambhu which means self-generated. The mountains, jungles and the rivers near by are full of useful medicinal herbs. That is why Parali JyotirLin a is also known as Vaidyanatha.This Temple is part of famous 12 Jyotirlinga Darsan Yatra.
The temple is built on a hill using stones. Temple is approximately at a height of 75-80 feet from ground level. Main entrance is from East and the magnificent door present there is brass plated. Surrounded by four strong walls, the temple consists corridors and a courtyard. The main gate of the temple also called "Mahadwar" has a Minaret nearby called a Prachi or Gawaksha, i.e., window. The temple has a wide staircase to enter. The temple renovated by Shiva devotee Ahalyadevi Holkar in the year 1706.
In addition to the traditional Maharashtrian way of life, though Parali is a place of pilgrimage for Shiva devotees, it is also a meeting point for Hari Hara. Lord Krishna's festivals too are celebrated along with Lord Shankara's festivals, with great festivity. Festivals of both Krishna and Shiva are celebrated here, as per the Indian Lunar Calendar.
While performing Abhishekam, Male devotees are not allowed wear cloths above waist.
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