Parli Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga Temple, Beed: Vaidyanath temple, Popularly known as Parli Vaidyanath this is the fifth Jyotirlinga amongst Dwadash Jyotirlinga circuit. Near Parali Village, the temple is built with stones on a high mound. The temple is surrounded on all four sides by strong walls. The insides have corridors and a courtyard. Outside the temple there is huge Deep Stambh or pillar. The main gate or the Mahadwar has a Minaret nearby. It is called a Prachi or Gawaksha, i.e., window. With the help of the location of these special prayers are held for Sun God, based on the sunrays falling through these windows, directly on to the Lingamurthy.
There is a strong, wide staircase to enter the Temple. It is called Ghat . The old Ghat was built in the year 1108.
The inner portal of the temple and the court hall are both of the same size. Therefore, the deity s Darshan has to be done from the courtroom itself. No other place has this type of arrangement. At other places, the inner portal or the Garbhagriha is visually deep.
The temple was renovated in the year 1706 AD, by Shiva devotee Ahalyadevi Holkar. Late Nanarao Deshpande built the wonderful court hall of the temple. The artisans were brought from the village and with the help of the devotees. Within the premises of the Vaidyanath temple itself, there are eleven more temples for Shiva. The Veerashaiva Lingayats consider Vaidyanath Temple as the best.
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