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Thirty Kilometers,  BaijnathBaijnath is an incredibly hallowed spot situated at 16 kms from Palampur and 132-km from Pathankot of Beas Valley. It is one of the most popular pilgrimage sites of Himachal Pradesh, proudly asks a large group of pilgrims to make their tour to India. It is a tiny village, 23 miles east of Nagarkot, near to the Mandi border and its main road leads from the Punjab plains through Kangra, Kullu, Lahul, and Ladakh to Central Asia. The most respected and adorned deity of the place is Lord Shiva. It becomes an ardor of every devotees of Himachal Pradesh to come for a wise and meaningful travel to Baijnath. As per the local belief, King Ravana had worshiped lord Shiva in this temple of Baijnath.

Prime Pilgrimage Attraction of Baijnath

Baijnath Temple: Lord Shiva is venerated here as Vaidyanath (the Lord of Physician) and made in the form of 'Lingam' (phallic form of Lord Shiva). The Baijnath Temple is one of the most noteworthy monuments of the Bias valley. The temple was built by two native merchants as Ahuka and Manyuka in 1204 AD. There remain two long inscriptions in front of the present temple. The structure of this temple reminds the early medieval North Indian style of architecture. This style is also called as “Nagara” style. This unique architectural style of the temple has been swallowed from Orissa. The exterior walls of the temple has festooned with numerous alcoves with similes of gods and Goddesses from the Hindu pantheon.

Baijnath TempleThe Baijnath temple consists of a puri or adytum, 8-feet-square inside and 18-feet outside, conquered by a spire of the customary tapering shape. The Mandapa or front hall is 20-feet-square inside and enclosed with a small pyramid fashioned roof. And both the south and north wall of the Mandapa are decorated with an elegant balcony window.  Baijnath temple is the landmark of the place and hence the name. Previously the name of this spot was Kirangama, and its name changed after the temple being dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is suffered slight injury from that catastrophe of 1905 whereas neighboring smaller temple of Sidhnath completely collapsed.

Besides its mythological and architectural significance Baijnath temple is also known for its renowned 'Shivaratri Festival'. The festival is obeyed in the month of March to celebrate the marriage ceremony of Lord Shiva. This festival is meant to be enjoyed in all throughout the night encompasses of many rituals and ceremonies. Every year a huge number of devotes gathered in Baijnath to make their pooja, aarti and Darshan in the blessed festival.

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