The ancient Lord Shiva temple known as ‘Tuti Jharna’ meaning Broken Waterfall is situated in the picturesque Ramgarh in the state of Jharkhand. The discovery of this temple dates back to 1925 when the British were working on laying the railway line between Barkakana and Gomoh and hit upon the dome of the temple while digging. The villagers told the British of the existence of an old Shiva temple where the jala-abhishek happens naturally. Seeing the faith of the villagers, the British decided to divert the railway line and completed digging the area which revealed the temple. A linga of Lord Bhole and a white-coloured statue of Mother Ganga was found right above.
The water runs down from the navel of Mother Ganga and falls on the Shiva linga through both her hands as if Mother Ganga is pouring the water on the Shiva linga herself. The manner in which the water flows from Mother Ganga has become a matter of great curiosity as it happens every day, every hour, every minute and every second!
The two hand pumps found within the temple complex are also steeped in mystery. Water from both the hand pumps flow naturally unceasingly. Another astounding point is that a river that flows just beside the temple gets dried up during the summer season but the water in the hand pumps just keep flowing! No one has been able to track down the origin of the water in the temple till date.
Thousands of devotees throng the temple each year especially on Mondays and it is believed that Lord Bhole grants all the wishes of those who visit the temple.
Written by Lakshmi Subramanian
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