Bihar Ajgaivinath Temple Sultanganj Bhagalpur
The Ajgaivinath temple is situated in the Sultanganj, Bihar, India. It is famous for the sanctity of the idol of Lord Shiva. Though the origins and deity of the temple is still under research it is believed that the idol is of Lord Swayambhu. The temple is built over a rock that and boasts of many rock sculptors with inscriptions on them. The idol of Lord Shiva is also known by the name of Gaibinath Mahadeo.
Whether the origins of the temple are from Jahngira or Sultanganj is still unknown but the name Jahangira came from the word Jahnu giri or the Jahnu griha. In present times, the place Jahangira is a small part of Sultanganj.
The Indian legend has it that Lord Shiva was presented with his bow, Ajgav, here and the place was named as Ajgaivinath. Originally, the place was called Jahangira which meant the dwelling place of Jahanu. It is known that rock was called Jahangira till 1822-25 since the rock is mentioned in Herber Journal, Vol. 1 under the same name.
It is an ancient belief that Kala Pahar tried to destroy the Ajgaivinath temple in his quest against the Hindu temples but in vain. He, however, demolished the Parvati temple on a nearby hill and built a mosque there.
How to Reach
The nearest aerodrome near the temple is the Ranchi Airport and the Lok Nayaka Jaya Prakash Narayana Airport in Patna. The temple is well connected by these airports and can be easily reached by the metropolitan cities like Delhi and Kolkata.
The temple is well-connected through various rail routes by the Sultanganj railway station on the Eastern railway loop including-:
- Reach Sultanganj from Patna via a 196 km train that takes four hours
- Reach Sultanganj from Ranchi via a 210 km train that takes 11 hours.
- Reach Sultanganj from Kolkata via a 450 km train that takes eleven hours.
It is well connected via bus routes as well and the NH-80 highway passed through it.
Significance of The Temple
The temple has the idol of Lord Shiva which is famous amongst his devotees for fulfilling all their wishes and desires,
Weather and Time to Visit
The temple is open all year round though the ideal weather t o visit the temple is between July to September and February to May. The best time to visit the temple would be the time of the Shravani Mela, the most famous and important festival of Sultanganj. It is a 30 days long festival which starts on July 23 and ends on August 20 every year.
The accommodation and lodging facilities around the temple are very good. There are many good ashrams in the vicinity of the temples in Sultanganj where the devotees can stay.
Tips For Devotees
To offer their prayers the devotees must visit during the Shravani Mela in order to see the real splendor of the temple.