Parli Vaijnath Temple, also known as Parli Vaidyanath Temple, is located in the state of Maharashtra and belongs to the celebrated list of 12 Jyotirlinga temples of Lord Shiva. The Parli Vaijnath Temple is located on the slopes of the mystical mountain range – Meru or Naganarayana and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is a part of the holy 5 Jyotirlinga in Maharashtra Tour.
The village of Parli is very ancient and has other names – Kantipur, Madhyarekha Vaijayanti or Jayanti.
- Parli Vaijnath Temple History
- Significance of Parli Vaijnath Temple
- Parli Vaijnath Temple Timings
- Parli Vaijnath Temple Sevas and Poojas
- Festivals celebrated at Parli Vaijnath Temple
- How to Reach Parli Vaijnath Temple
- Parli Vaijnath Temple Accommodation
- Where to Eat
- Nearby Temples
Parli Vaijnath Temple History
History says that Rani Ahilyabhai renovated the Parli Vaijnath Temple in the 1700s.
Legend of the Amrit
When the Gods and Demons were churning the ocean and competing for the Divine Nectar or Amrit, fourteen gems emerged from the process. It included Dhanavantari and Amrit.
Just as the demons were about to pounce on the Amrit, Lord Vishnu grabbed both Dhanwantri and Amrit and hid them inside a Shiva Linga. The angered demons tried to break the Linga, but when they touched it bright light emanated. This scared the demons and they fled from the place.
Since this is the place where the Gods or the Devas successfully received the Amrit, the village became popular as as Vaijayanthi and therefor the temple as Parli Vaijnath Temple.
Legend of Ravana and Shiva Linga
The demon King Ravana did severe penance and even cut off his heads to please Lord Shiva. Moved by his sacrifice, Lord Shiva offered several boons, and Ravana requested that Lord Shiva come to Lanka. The Lord accepted and instructed Ravana to carry his Shiva Linga and warned him not to keep it down anywhere till he reached his destination.
During the journey, Ravana wanted to take a break and instructed a shepherd to carry the Linga for a while. Unaware of the Lord’s instruction, the shepherd put the heavy Linga down for a brief moment. The Lord thus stayed there at the place and became popular as Vaidhyanath.
Significance of Parli Vaijnath Temple
The Parli Village is home to mountains and thick forests rich in medicinal herbs.
Since Lord Vishnu hid both Amrit and Dhanavantari in the Linga, people believe that anyone who touches the Linga can receive the power of Amrit. The Parli Vaijnath Temple Linga is also popular as Dhanavantari and Amriteshwari. Devotees believe that the Linga consists of the Saligram stone and has a very smooth surface.
Devotees are allowed to touch the Parli Vaijnath Temple Linga during worshipping and this helps in healing and reaping various health benefits. In fact, devotees themselves perform the abhisheka here and they use the Bilva leaves purchased outside the Parli Vaijnath Temple precincts.
Devotees from all walks of life, castes and religion are welcome to visit this sacred Parli Vaijnath Temple. There are absolutely no discrimination. According to Puranas, Lord Vaidhyanath blessed sage Markandeya andh he became immortal.
Rani Ahilyabhai brought in special stones from the Trishul Devi mountain range during the Parli Vaijnath Temple renovation. A minaret outside the Parli Vaijnath Temple has Gwakshas or windows. When the sun’s rays pass through the windows and fall directly on the Shiva Linga, the priests offer special prayers and poojas to the Sun God.
Parli is also a meeting place of HariHara. Festivals of both Hari (Lord Vishnu) and Hara (Lord Shiva) are celebrated here. The waters of the nearby Harihara Teerth is brought to the Parli Vaijnath Temple daily for the Linga Pooja.
Parli Vaijnath Temple Timings
Parli Vaijnath temple opens at 5 am and closes at 9 pm. There is afternoon break though. Afternoon break timings are from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm.
Parli Vaijnath Temple Sevas and Poojas
Somvar Pooja on Mondays
Shadopachar: 5 am
Shringar Pooja: 6 pm
Festivals celebrated at Parli Vaijnath Temple
Maha Shivarathri, Vaikunth Chaturdashi, Tripuri Pournima, Vijayadashami and Chaitra Padva are important festivals. One can see a unique practice during these celebrations – priests present Bilva leaves to Lord Vishnu, that are usually an offering to Lord Shiva. Similarly, they offer the Tulsi leaves to Lord Shiva, that are usually an offering to Lord Vishnu are.
During the Shravan months, the chanting of the Rudra Mantra echoes in the entire village of Parli.
How to Reach Parli Vaijnath Temple
Here’s how to reach Parli Vaijnath Temple:
- By road: There are several buses connecting from Aurangabad, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and other nearby cities of Maharashtra.
- By train: The nearest station is Parli station and is 2 km from the Parli Vaijnath Temple. Direct trains operate from Secunderabad, Kakinada, Manmad, Vishakapatnam and Bangalore. Visitors taking the Mumbai – Nagpur train route must get off at the Parbhani station which is 70 km away from Parli and take a connecting train.
- By air: The nearest airport is in Nanded and 105 km from the Parli Vaijnath temple.
Parli Vaijnath Temple Accommodation
There are a number of budget accommodations available at Parli. You can also find accommodation in the state-run MTDC cottages.
Where to Eat
Most of the hotels that offer accommodation also have in-house restaurants. Travellers choose to eat in Ambajogai, which is 20 km away from the temple, as one can find more restaurant options in this area.
Yogeshwari Temple, Ambajogai: The Yogeshwari Temple is for Goddess Yogeshwari who married Parli Vaijnath. Puranas say that by the time the wedding party arrived at Parli, the auspicious time had passed and the entire party turned into stone. The Yogeshwari temple is 25 km from Ambajogai.
Aundha Nagnath Jyotirlinga Temple: The Aundha Nagnath Temple in the village of Aundha Nagnath in Maharashtra is the first of the Jyotirlingas. The temple is 118 km from Parli Vaidhyanath temple. Yudhishtra, the eldest of the Pandava brothers built the Temple during their exile.
Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Temple: The Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Temple is near Pune and is 387 km from Parli Vaijnath Temple. The Linga here is self-manifested and is one of the five Jyotirlingas in Maharashtra.
Grisheshwar Jyotirlinga Temple: Temple is located in Verul, Beed District, Maharashtra. This temple is the last of the Jyotirlingas and for devotees who undertake the Jyotirlingas pilgrimage, a visit to this temple completes their journey. Grishneshwar temple is 246 km from Parli Vaijnath Temple.
Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple: The Trimbakeshwar Temple is in the town of Trimbak, Nashik District, Maharashtra. The temple is 397 km from Parli Vaijnath Temple. The Linga has three faces symbolising Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma.