Last time when I visited this place that was approx. my 17th visit to that place, being a member of a family who are very much attached to spirituality I am visiting this place from my very childhood. One of the most important events of my life also happened there, that is my ….Annaprashanna (First rice-eating ceremony)
Mythological Story of Deoghar
There is a beautiful mythological story behind the establishment of this place….
When Lord Rama declared war against Ravana, Ravana decided to take Lord Shiva with him in Lanka because if Shiva is with him then no one can defeat him. Ravana was a great devotee of Lord Shiva. So Ravana went Kailash and started severe austerity to pledge Shiva. As we all known that Shiva is “Ashutosh”(one who becomes satisfied quickly) so Shiva grant the boon to Ravana and decided to go with him in Lanka. After granting the boon Shiva realized the mistake so Shiva took shelter under Lord Bishnu. Vishnu has all the solutions for problems and is cunning also; Vishnu advised Shiva to tell Ravana that while carrying the Lingo to Lanka in his hands if Ravana puts Shiva in earth then Shiva will stay there. Shiva told this to Ravana and Ravana agreed and started his journey. In the mean time Vishnu hit upon a plan and suddenly Ravana feel pressure to go for urine. At that time Vishnu disguised himself as Rakhal Balak(Cow tender boy) as he is famous for and started to roam near Ravana, the pressure of Ravana was gradually increasing and suddenly Ravana saw that Rakhal Balak and requested him to hold the Linga for few minutes. The Rakahla Balok agreed but told Ravana if… you became late I will put it down on the earth, Ravana went for urine. As it is ordained by Lord Vishnu, Ravana took much time to finish, Ravana himself became surprised, and after the urine is done he couldn’t find water to wash his hands and feet. So he pressed his thumb on the earth and water began to flow. After washing his hands he came and could not find the Rakhal Balok, he then found the Linga on earth. He went in front of Linga and told him to go with him, but Linga said that he will not go as per his previous condition. Ravana repeatedly requested him but when the Linga did not agree Ravana became angry and stumped his fist on the head of the Linga. So the some portion of Linga went under the earth and from that time Shiva begins to live ion Deoghar.
So, what happened about the water that came out when Ravana pressed his thumb on the earth…it is now known as Ravana Gore , a place full of water and in size it’s a big tank/pond.
Except the religious purpose you can visit this place any time of the year, though I will prefer winter season coz the weather is too hot during summer days, but if you want to experience the devotion of the devotees then the best time to visit this place the month of Shravana(July-August) specially in Mondays, as the month Shravana and the day Monday is considered to be the worshipping month and day of Lord Shiva…the unimaginable crowd of the devotees can be seen.
During the month of Shravana the devotees carry the holy water of Ganga from Sultanganj in two pots hanged over in two sides a single pole, popularly known as “Baank”, taking water from the Ganges of Sultanganj the devotees carry this water on their shoulders and cover the distance of appox 100km in bare foot and after reaching the temple they have to wait in a queue and finally they offer the water upon the Linga.
To Be Continued…