Historical Shiva Temple @ Baijnath, Himachal Pradesh

Baijnath is famous for its 13th century temple dedicated to Siva as Vaidyanath, ‘the Lord of physicians’. Originally known as Kiragrama, the town lies on Pathankot-Chakki-Manali highway (National Highway No. 20) almost midway between Kangra and Mandi. The present name Baijnath became popular after the name of the temple. The town is located on the left bank of the river Binwa, a corrupt form of ancient Binduka, a tributary of river Beas.


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Front View of main temple @ Baijnath




Posted by Ripple (VJ) : Historical Shiva Temple @ Baijnath, Himachal PradeshCloser look to the Temple...


Posted by Ripple (VJ) : Historical Shiva Temple @ Baijnath, Himachal PradeshAnother temple on the left of main Temple...


Posted by Ripple (VJ) : Historical Shiva Temple @ Baijnath, Himachal PradeshEntry for Temple from Main Market...


Posted by Ripple (VJ) : Historical Shiva Temple @ Baijnath, Himachal PradeshTemple view from backyard...


Posted by Ripple (VJ) : Historical Shiva Temple @ Baijnath, Himachal PradeshGreen garden in the back side of Shiva Temple...

Posted by Ripple (VJ) : Historical Shiva Temple @ Baijnath, Himachal PradeshRays coming out through clouds..


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Sunset time @ Baijnath


According to the legend, it is believed that during the Treta Yug, Ravana in order to have invincible powers worshiped Lord Shiva in the Kailash. In the same process, to please the almighty he offered his ten heads in the havan kund. Influenced by this extra ordinary deed of the Ravana, the Lord Shiva not only restored his heads but also bestowed him with powers of invincibility and immortality.


On attaining this incomparable boon, Ravana also requested the Lord Shiva to accompany him to Lanka. Shiva consented to the request of Ravana and converted himself into Shivling. The Lord Shiva asked him to carry the Shivling and told him that he should not place the Shivling down on the ground on his way. Ravana started moving south towards Lanka and reached Baijnath where he felt the need to answer the nature’s call. On seeing a shepherd, Ravana handed over the Shivling to him and went away to get himself relieved. On finding the Shivling very heavy, shepherd kept the ling on the ground and the Shivling got established there and the same is in the form of Ardhnarishwar (God in form of Half Male & Half Female).


In the town of Baijnath, Dussehra festival in which traditionally the effigy of the Ravana is consigned to flames is not celebrated as a mark of respect to the devotion of Ravana towards Lord Shiva. Another interesting thing about the town of Baijnath is that there is no shop of goldsmiths.





12 comments:

Aditya Dogra said...

the sunset pic is amazing

Rinkul said...

amazing natural beauty.....Rinkul Baijnath

PRIYA said...

baijnath area is so good and the shiv temple back ground is also so good

VJ Sharma said...

Aditya, Rinkul, Priya,

Thanks for your comments..

@ Aditya : Thanks again :)

@ Rinkul : No doubt.. its an amazing place and wonderful drive from Palampur..

@ Priya : Right, Shiva Temple is very well located in Baijnath city having view to a small river (Khadd) and amazing park in the back side....

mahi said...

Baijnath word originates from the word"baidhyanath"which means the place where the lord Shiva lives.Baijnath is a small town in himachal pardesh,baijnath is not only famous for temple,is also famous for its beauty,its greenery. i love this place.

VJ Sharma said...

Thanks Mahi for adding some important details about the place...

Thanks a lot again !
VJ

Meg said...

Lovely pictures! I have never been to this place so thank you for the write up as well. Love to hear all the legends and stories hidden in the nooks and crannies of India :)

VJ Sharma said...

Thanks Meghna !!

I always recommend one day trip to Palampur and Baijnath if you plan to Dharmshala in near future !!!

Mot of the times people go to famous places and don't try to explore the neighboring beauty which could be more exciting sometimes. Its a wonderful drive between Palampur and Baijnath, surrounded by Tea Gardens !!

prashant ji said...

Very nice and peacfully hill station... Natural. Om nah shivaye

prashant ji said...

Shivo ham..... Peaceful hill station... Saakshat Shiva here

prashant ji said...

Shivo ham..... Peaceful hill station... Saakshat Shiva here

Surender thakur said...

baijnath is famous for shiva temple.its amazing palace thanks for sharing

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