In the Ghodsimar Dham, wishes are fulfilled Located on the banks of the Sakri River, about 75 kilometers from the Koderma district headquarters in Jharkhand state, Ghodsimar Dham is a specific archaeological and religious site situated along the road leading from Gaya to Deoghar. It’s noteworthy that the Dham is also known as Ragnu Bhilej Deoghar Moja in Satgawan, which is a region near Deoghar.
Not only significant for the Koderma district but also for the entire Jharkhand state, Koderma is a place of historical and religious importance. About 75 kilometers from the Koderma district headquarters, along the road leading from Gaya to Deoghar, Ghodsimar Dham is a unique archaeological and religious site located on the banks of the Sakri River in the Satgawan block of Satgawan Prakhand. During the month of Sawan, hundreds of Shiva devotees visit the place daily, offering milk, water, bel leaves, flowers, and sugar.
Not limited to Jharkhand, people from distant regions of Bihar also come here for Jalabhishek (offering of water). The first Monday of Sawan is expected to draw a large crowd, and preparations have been completed for the event.
The fame of Ghodsimar Dham extends far and wide. The vast Shiva lingams and statues of other deities, including Lord Shankar, established in the temple premises, bear witness to ancient civilizations. These sculptures were excavated from the surrounding area, indicating the remnants of an ancient civilization. During the month of Sawan, people from far and wide continue to come here for worship. It is believed that the Ghushmeshwar Dham mentioned in the Shiva Purana, with its specific geographical details, corresponds to the present-day location.
According to the Shiva Purana, the Chauhaddi mentioned for Ghushmeshwar is as follows: Shiva Puri village in the east, Darshania Nala in the west, Sakri River in the north, and Mahavar Hill in the south. This Chauhaddi accurately matches the geographical features of the area. The temple’s entrance gate bears an inscription dating back to 1336 CE on a stone platform. Inside the temple, there is a colossal Shiva lingam in a five-foot circular base. Additionally, there are hundreds of ancient statues of deities inside the temple.
Legend has it that the temple and all the sculptures were created by Lord Vishwakarma in a single night. Devotees offer milk to the Shiva lingam, and after washing it with milk, the image of Lord Shiva emerges. There used to be a priest residing in the dome on top of the temple. Below the temple and on the eastern hillside of the temple, there is a tunnel with many hidden secrets. It is believed that worship and rituals performed here result in the fulfillment of people’s desires. This belief is deeply ingrained in the local community.