Shravani Mela which very well indicates an event in Shravan Maasam as per the traditional Hindu calendar carries the significant annual celebration of worshipping Lord Baba Baidyanath which is one of Jyotirlingas.
Baba Baidyanath Dham, the very renowned Lord Shiva Temple in Deogarh in Jharkhand, This temple is also popularly recognized as Baidyanath Dham or Baba Baidyanath Dham. It is situated in the town of Deoghar in the Santhal Parganas, Jharkhand, India.
In 2019 Shravani Mela started from Thursday, July 18th & ended on Thursday, August 15th. This meal or fair goes on for approximately 30 days.
Significance of Shravani Mela
During this festival, devotees offer holy water of Ganges to the deity collected from Sultanganj, which is almost 108 km from Deoghar OR Baidyanath. Most of the devotees called Kānvarias, carry the water from Sultanganj and walk all the distance on barefoot to Shravani meal and offer it to the Lord Baba Baidyanath.
It is believed on the story of Hindu mythology Samudra Manthana where Shiva consumes the poison during the fight of Asuraas and Devataas for Amruth. To neutralize the poison effect on Shiva the Devathaas served the water referring to Ganga which lord Shiva was saved from the poison but the blue throat remained as a proof of this story hence he was called as Neela Kanta.
Lakhs of pilgrims from India, Nepal and other countries around the world take a walk from Sultanganj to Baba Baidyanath carrying water Ganga to offer to Lord.
This Hindu myth encounters another story -Ravana prayed continuously to shiva requesting for his favors, even using his many heads to decapitate. Shiva questioned him what he wished when Ravan was decreased to just one head. Ravana asked for Shivling to take back to Lanka. At his proposal, the gods were angry, asking shiva not too grand his wish as it would empower Ravana. Lord Shiva granted Ravana his wish and gave him Shiv Linga, but added with a condition that it must be carried from Kailash to Lanka without stopping OR set down, but Ravana stopped in Deoghar for his ritual prayer and Lord Ganesha disguised as Shepard took an opportunity to break lord Shivas condition and the lingam set down here this the Jyothirlingam.
Its believed that the pilgrims who offer water or Ganga to Lord Baidhyanath will be blessed for all their wishes, also recognized as Kamna Lingam, this Lingam implies that it can fulfill one’s needs and wishes.
How to reach Shravani Mela?
Numerous trains run from Howrah to Jamtara junction, from where local transport is available for the 40kms to Dumka; or from Howrah to Jasidih, local transport for the six km to Deoghar. For journey by road, take NH19 from Kolkata to Asansol, turning off onto the Chittaranjan road either into Dumka or Deoghar, following the signs. You will pass the scenic Maithan Dam along the way.
Exciting places OR features during Shravani Mela
- Nandan Pahar
- Baba Baidyanath Dham
- Tapovan Caves and Hills
- 9ft-tall statue of lord shiva
- Replica of the ice lingam at Amarnath.
This event is the single biggest revenue generator for Dumka and Deoghar towns of Jharkhand, as well as being a sacred event in the Hindu calendar.