Baijnath is a magnificent ancient town situated in the eastern half of the Garhwal Himalayas. It is popular particularly, for the Baijnath Temple and other ancient temples. A lot of temples from ancient times are now in ruins. It has a rich history and heritage. The famous capital of the Katyuri Kingdom in the ancient era of Indian history, Baijnath in today’s time is full of ruins. This place belonged to that bygone era when the Baijnath Temple used to be the glory.
The temple is the heartbeat of the town. It is completely dedicated to Lord Shiva and was built around the 12th century. It makes for an excellent place to visit by the tourists staying at Kausani and Almora.
The Bagnath Temple is situated in the middle of the Bageshwar. It derives its name from a known incident of the celebrated sage Markandeya who was being visited by Lord Shiva in the form of an animal called Tiger.
The temple was constructed in the year 1450. It is believed that the Ruler of Kumaon, Laxmi Chand, built this temple. Every year, the sage in his memory was being visited by the god, a fair is held in the Hindu calendar month of Shravan. This is thronged by thousands of people who come to take a dip in the holy waters from time to time. The entrance is decorated with huge bells and this reverberates throughout the day. The tourists are really fascinated by the mythological stories and love visiting this place from all over the world.
Kanda is situated at the amalgamation of three rivers, namely, Saryu, Gomti and latent Bhagirathi. It is a holy town of Bageshwar, which is also known as the pious land associated with Lord Sadashiva. It is said to be the redeemer of all sins. If we were to believe the ancient Puranas, this without any doubt is a place that is capable of liberating one from the eternal cycle of births & deaths. The east and west sides of the town are surrounded by the Suraj Kund in the north and the Agni Kund in the south. This land of Lord Shankar is of great spirituality, history and has a lot of political significance.