- Famous For: Religious Pilgrimage, Seeking experience
- Entrance Fee: No entry fee
- Visiting Time: 6AM- 9PM
- Visit Duration: 1-2 hours
Baijnath Temple, is the epitome of rich architecture and spiritual piety, against the beautiful backdrop of the Kausani hill station. The temple is built in the traditional nagara style of architecture that owes its origins to Orissa. The temple will enamor you with not just its architecture, but also its artful representations of Hindu mythology, such as idols, sculptures and carvings. An idol of Nandi, the loyal chariot of Lord Shiva greets you at the entrance. The Shivlingam is the center of all spiritual energy for this temple, something that thousands of tourists seek all year round at this temple.
- You can click some vivid images of the temple through your cameras, so be sure to carry them.
- You are not allowed to fish in the small sacred pond located in the temple premises.
Things to Do
- Be sure to visit the small fishing pond, which is considered sacred and feed the fishes.
- You can go for a trek at Bir, which is a famous trekking location just 10km away from the temple.
- Visit Garur, a brimming market complex to shop for souvenirs and other authentic artefacts such as clothes and handicrafts.
Best Time to Visit
In order to experience the beauty of the Baijnath Temple’s architecture, embrace its history and be enamored by the spirituality that it offers, one must consider optimal weather conditions. The best time to experience all of this is the months from September through May. It is in these months that the temperature is pleasant and cool, enabling thorough enjoyment.
How to Reach
The temple is nestled at an elevation of a 1000m in the chilly and crisp wind of the Dhauladhar range of western Himalayas. You can take a bus or taxi from the Palampur town in the Beas Valley, it would be a 16km drive in entirety.
Interesting Facts and Trivia About Baijnath Temple
- The temple is believed to have been offering its blessings to pilgrims since as late as 1204A.D.
- The temple in its present state was constructed by two local merchants Ahuka and Manyuka.
- The outer and inner doorways of the temple are adorned with priceless sculptures and carvings, depicting scenes from Hindu mythology very vividly. Some of these images are indigenous to this temple, not to be found anywhere else.
- The water at the temple is believed to be in possession of healing properties, one of the many reasons why people visit this temple to seek blessings.
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Baijnath Temple is a rarity in the plethora of Shiv Temples found in India. Everything, from the architecture to its radiant beauty is cathartic and therapeutic. Be enamored by its carvings, art, sculptures and pillars that each speak volumes about the history and legends of the temple. All you have to do is listen closely and connect with the spiritual energy of the temple, something that is made easy through the calming atmosphere of the Kausauni hills.