Deoghar, popularly known as house of gods and goddesses or Baidyanathdham, is an ancient town situated in the Santhal Parganas of Jharkhand
. It is the headquarters of Deoghar District
and is 345 km northeast of Ranchi
Deoghar is a prominent center of Hindu Pilgrimage, and the ancient temple of Baba Baidyanath, which is one among the twelve
jyotirlingas in the country is the prime attraction. The renowned Kamana Linga of Lord Shiva is situated here. The devotees, after picking up the holy Ganga water from Sultanganj, travel a distance of about 100 km on foot to pour the holy water on Kamana Linga. A grand festival held here during the month of Shravan is a major draw.
Places of tourist interest also include Deoghar Archaeological Museum, Chandrakoopa Well, Harila Joria and Sivaganga Lake. Another attraction is Satsang Ashram, which is a significant site for the followers of Sri Sri Thakur Anukul Chandra.
The airports at Patna and Ranchi serve Deoghar. The nearest railway station is Baidyanathdham Railway Station, a terminal station off a 7 km branch line, originating from the Jasidih Junction Railway Station. Deoghar Bus Station is a few minutes walk from the railway station and has bus services to Ranchi and Patna. Baidyanathdham can also be reached from Sultanganj, which is 100 km away.