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Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us. --- Socrates
Dhanbad is a town located in the state of Jharkhand and is known for its collieries. It is a mining town replete with abundant mineral resources. Dhanbad is also famous for premier educational institute named Indian School of Mines. People living here are spiritually inclined and visit the myriad religious places in and around Dhanbad. Let us explore the temples in Dhanbad:
This temple is situated in a small village named Jhinjhipahari (Baghmara Block), half-an-hour drive from Dhanbad. The temple was discovered during an excavation.
How to Reach:
You can take a cab or better still drive down to Baghmara village to reach the temple. From Dhanbad, you drive north-west -> take a left turn towards NH 32 -> turn right at Sushant international hotel -> After a kilometer, take a left turn towards GT road -> after the 15 kms milestone mark, turn left to reach village Baghmara.
It is advised to reserve hotel rooms in Dhanbad city itself as Baghmara, where the Shiva temple is located, is a small village.
This is a temple dedicated to Maa Kalyaneshwari. It is situated near Maithon.
This is an ancient temple of maa Kali. It is situated near Katras. It is around 22 kms from Dhanbad railway station.
Parasnath city houses numerous Jain temples. About 63 kms from Dhanbad is the Parasnath hill (also called Samved Shikar). It is the tallest hill in Jharkhand state with an altitude of 4431ft. Many temples of Jain Thirthankaras belonging to Digambar and Shwetambar sect can be seen on Parasnath hill. The Jain scriptures mention that 22 Tirthankaras (out of 24 Thirthankaras) realized salvation here.
Panra (Nirsa and Chirkunda Block) is the place where the Pandavas, mentioned in Mahabharta, spent time during their exile. The village derives its name from the Pandavas. Panra is near Nirsa. A temple of Pandeshwar mahadev (Shiva temple) is also present. It is best to book rooms for staying comfortably in hotels in Dhanbad as Panra is a remote village.
This is one temple which is situated right in Dhanbad in Joraphatak road. This is why there is continuous influx of devotees all round the year. The sound of spiritual songs and ''bhajans'' reverberates in the air to render a serene and spiritual atmosphere all around. The ''akhand jyoti'' has been carried here from Jwaalaji shrine in Himachal Pradesh. Shakti mandir is dedicated to goddess Durga who is also referred to as ''Shakti'' or ''Goddess of Power''. Special prayers are held to appease the goddess on Tuesdays and Fridays. It is more feasible to book a room in a hotel in Dhanbad and then to visit the temple.
It is dedicated to tribal God of earth/land. It is about 6 kms from the railway station on NH 32.
This temple houses three deities of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra. The ''Kar festival'' or ''Rath Yatra'' attracts devotees in large proportions. One can use the common modes of public transport to reach the temple.
Other temples which you can visit on your trip to Dhanbad include Trimurti mandir, Hirapur Durga mandir, Gauri Shankar Hanuman mandir, Rataneshwar Mahadev temple, Radhe Krishna mandir, Bajrang Bali mandir, Brahman basti Durga Mandir, Hari mandir,ISM Durga Mandir,Khagreshwari temple, Loke Nath mandir,Kali mandir, Bhisthi Para etc. There is a popular temple in Deogarh known as Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga temple and another in Bankura known as Rasmancha which too can be visited to make a remarkable and spiritually enjoyable end to the trip to Dhanbad.