Shrabani Mela - Deoghar Baidyanath Dham Shravani Mela

The Hindi month of Sharvan is of great importance at the Lord Shiva Temple at Deogharh in Jharkhand, popularly known as the Baba Baidyanath Dham. In 2014, Shravani Mela begins on July 13 and ends on August 10. Thousands of Shiva devotees from India, Nepal and from other countries around the world undertake a pilgrimage from Sultanganj to Baba Baidyanath Temple. The month-long fair is also known as Shrabani Mela.

The River Ganga flows northwards at Sultanganj. It is the only place where the Ganga flows towards North. Pilgrims collect Gangajal, holy water from Ganga, at Sultanganj and carry it to the Deoghar Shiva Temple. The Gangajal is used to bathe the Shivaling here which is one among the Jyotirlingams – twelve temples dedicated to Lord Shiva.

There is a widespread belief among Hindus in North India that offering Ganga water from Sultanganj to Lord Shiva at Deoghar is highly auspicious and it will help in removing ignorance and help in fulfilling their desires. The pilgrims that carry Ganga water are referred as Kanwarias.

Monday is dedicated to Lord Shiva and therefore heavy rush is witnessed on this day at the shrine. The Mondays in Sharvan month is highly auspicious and people perform the Shravan Somvar Vrat.

Deoghar Baidyanath Dham is also referred as Ravaneshwar Mahadev Temple as it is believed that the ‘Shivling’ worshipped in the temple belonged to Ravana of Lanka. The Shivling was cunningly stolen and placed at Deoghar by Lord Vishnu.