The history of Jharkhand is older than time itself. The inhabitants of Jharkhand state have their roots hidden in a glorious past dating back more than 3000 years. Because of its history and prehistory, there are many amazing places to visit in Jharkhand. As one of the ancient regions of Indian subcontinent, the grip of Indian mythology has a huge role in shaping the life and culture here. As evidence, the temples of Jharkhand have become a part of its ancient history dating back to the age of the Gods and Goddesses. Here are some of the oldest and the most fabled temples situated in Jharkhand.
Baidyanath Temple, Deoghar
Baba Baidyanath Dham is probably the most revered temples among the pilgrims of Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. These pilgrims come here in masses chanting Lord Shiva’s name in the holy month of Shravan. Baidyanath Temple is said to be one of the 12 Jyotirlings where the Goddess Sati’s body parts fell.
Pahari Mandir, Ranchi
Located at a height of more than 2000 feet, the view from the top of Pahari Mandir is a heavenly experience. A series of 468 steps will take you on the top of the temple from where one can enjoy lovely views of the city.
Ithkhori temple houses a syambhu idol of Goddess Kali excavated from the ground. The legends around this temple span across millennia. It is said that when the idol was stolen, the goddess appeared in the dream of the police officer who was investigating it and told him about the location of the place where the idol was hidden. Historical evidences of Buddha visiting here. Several monuments and relics from the past have been excavated by the ASI that belongs to the Mauryan and Buddhist eras.
Jharkhand temples has a huge reverence for the Goddess Durga and her various forms. Like Baidyanath Dham and Ithkhori, Rajrappa temple is recognized has a temple of high value among the pilgrims. The temple stands as a beautiful piece of architecture. It is said that one should not spend their time in the premises of this temple in the night as the Goddess Chinnmastika still wanders around in search of the demons.
Among the number of places to visit in Jharkhand, the Madhuban region of Giridih is known for some of the important temples for the pilgrims of Jain religion. Jharkhand Tourism has promoted Madhuban temples as one of the important religious sites in India. Samosharan temple and Bhomiyaji Asthan are the most important Jain temples in Madhuban. Jain scriptures, manuscripts and idols at the Jain museum present the Jain Pilgrims with the glorious history of Jain religion in Bihar.
Maluti Temples, Maluti Village
Located in the Dumka District of Jharkhand a small sleepy village of Maluti is filled with several temple with built in terracotta style of architecture. The cluster of 108 temples is best approachable from Birbhum district of West Bengal. ASI has also excavated the proof of prehistoric civilizations thriving here. The temples are carved with intricate details with stories from different periods of history. Maluti is one of the most important series of terracotta style temples in India.
Dewri Temple or Deori Sthan is one of the most important temples in Jharkhand. As one of the important Hindu religious sites, this temple is visited by many famous personalities of Jharkhand. This ancient shrine dedicated to Goddess Kali, is situated in Tamaar village in Ranchi. The idol of Goddess Kali is known as ‘Solahbhuji Devi’ because of her 16 arms. Beautiful exteriors of the temple and the pillars are constructed from sandstone. Deori temple is about 70 km from Ranchi and lies on the National Highway 33.
The temples mentioned above are a few among the many important sites in Jharkhand. Due to not on the mainstream tourist map you’ll see a lot of locals around this area and get an experience of authentic experience of the culture of the beautiful state of Jharkhand.