The temple of Baidyanath Jyotirlingam has the patronage of several sects, castes, and communities in the past and even today. Islam and Christianity are influenced by the spiritual and religious environment of the temple. Baidyanath is a center and symbol of Sarva Dharma Sambhava (respect for all religions). We cannot forget the name of Data Saheb. In the religious and cultural history of Deoghar, there is a place on the north-east of Shivganga which was famous as ‘Data Ka Jungle’. In the past, there was a dense forest here. Baba Saheb was a Muslim Fakir. He was Bhakta to Baidyanath. Every day he used to offer flowers and Bilva in the hands of the priest to please Lord Baidyanath. He used to come in the campus of Deoghar temple and offer flowers to priests and Priests offer them to the lingam. There is still lying Mazar of Baba Saheb. Once in a year, Urs was offered on the Mazar of Baba Saheb.
Baidyanath Jyotirlingam is a great power, gracing great effects. Bhaktas receive it from God for God shows it to the entire world in a way that can not be hidden or concealed. He must fulfill the desires of devotees. The result of His greatness is the page of Deoghar Jail’s history. In British India, a jailor was posted at Deoghar. As ill luck would have it he was facing against his misfortune. His son was missing in a sea together with his ship. The jailor was upset and he did not pay proper attention to his work. He was advised by his staff to meditate and worship Baidyanath as God is famous for fulfilling one’s desires. He began to meditate upon Baidyanath Jyotirlingam. Miracles took place. Suddenly news come, he is alive and the ship is alright. Since then he started a tradition in the Deoghar Jail and ‘Phool Kaman’ was created to gather flowers and Vilva Patras for worshipping Lord Baidyanath. He was influenced by the great power of Baidyanath Jyotirlingam. This is a unique tradition and we can not find such in other temples of Jyotirlingam in India. The temple of Baidyanath is undeniably a famous holy shrine for developing the religious sense in the people which enable them to think and feel that India is not a mere coteric of geographical fragments, but a single, though immense organism, fitted with the tide of one strong pulsating life from end to end. The visit to the holy place as an imperative religious duty has made wide traveling a national habit in India in all ages of life, with young and old alike.
This is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga temples which link India with a remote past by a living chain and it is very satisfactory that the temple without losing its time-honored sanctity benefits by the methods of modern organization. To those who have traveled so far to Baidyanath Jyotirlingam will remain an impressive picture of the religious life of Hindus. We can quote here Dr. Radha Krishnan – “It is clear that Hinduism is a process not a result; a growing tradition, not a fixed revelation. It never shut off by force wisdom anywhere, for there are no distinctions of mine and thine in the kingdom of spirit.”
In this way, we can say that the shrine of Baidyanath Jyotirlingam is the symbol of the unity of spiritual, social, cultural and even temporal of our great India. When people from all parts of the country congregate here, they exchange mutual information and feel that they are one and indivisible. We of great India should be proud of our ancestor’s wisdom and foresight.