Parli Vaijinath, a shrine for the 5th of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva is situated in the Beed district of the state of Maharashtra, India. It is about 110 km from Nanded, a big city well connected with Aurangabad & Mumbai by road, rail & air. Nanded is famous for several very important Gurudwaras (place of worship for the people of Sikhism) & is a major pilgrimage place for the Sikhs.
India is dotted with countless millions of temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, & almost without exception everywhere Lord Shiva is worshipped in His Linga or phallic form. However, according to the scriptures, 12 of those countless millions are Jyotirlingams, which are given special status by the scriptures. Parli Vaijinath is the 5th of them as per the famous “Jyotirlingam Stotra”.
Parli Vaijinath temple is a majestic temple situated on a low hill. It is surrounded on all sides by a high & strong wall. There is a wide staircase called “Ghat” through which devotees enter the temple. The original “ghat” was built in 1108 A.D. Outside the high wall, there is a tall pillar with multiple lamp stands on it. It is called “Deep Stambha”. Lamps are lighted on this in the evening, particularly on auspicious days, & the sight is really fantastic.