Darshan Type : Family
Darshan Location : Sanskar Mandap, Basukinath
Basukinath is located in the Dumka district of Jharkhand. The district lies on the Deoghar-Dumka state highway, about 25 kilometres northwest of Dumka. Basukinath is a place of pilgrimage for Hindus. The Basukinath Temple is the main attraction, and is situated on the Jasidih Dumka New Railway Line. Ranchi Airport is the nearest airport, and is situated at Jarmundi Block on the Dumka Deoghar State Highway, a distance of 24 kilometres from the district headquarters, Dumka. Throughout the year, many people from different parts of India come to Basukinath to worship a god named Lord Shiva. During the month of Shraavana, people from other countries also visit to worship Lord Shiva. It is believed that when the temple gates are open, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati meet there. Hence, the devotees are asked to step away from the gates at such time. Before India's Independence, Basukinath was a part of the Handwa state, whose last queen was Rani Sonabati. This is inscribed on a plate at the top of the gate between the temple and the sacred pond (shivganga). There is a well inside the sacred pond and Shivling (a sacred shiv stone), can be seen during the cleaning of the pond, this occurs every few years.