The Budhwa Mahadev Mandir is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the heart of the city. It is believed by the people of Hazaribagh that the temple is more than 100 years old. The temple attracts devotees from all across India. Lord Shiva is usually worshipped in the abstract form of a linga. He is represented as an ascetic immersed in deep meditation or dancing the Tandava upon the demon of ignorance in his manifestation as Nataraja. Nataraja or the Lord of the dance represents goodness, humility, and every good quality a human should have. Mythologically, the youthful looks of the God represent his authority over death, rebirth and immortality. He is also the father of Ganesha, Murugan (Kartikeya), and Ayyappan (Dharma Sastha).
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- For immortality
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.