Baijnath is a holy town housing one of the twelve jyotirlingas. Located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, it can be accessed from all parts of India. The town edges the river Binwa, a tributary of river Beas. Devotees and tourists from all over the world visit Baijnath. It is known for Baijnath temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Here the Lord is worshiped as Vaidyanath, which means the Lord of Physicians. The town of Baijnath earned fame because of the Baijnath temple. It was earlier known as Kiragramaer.
The Baijnath Temple
The temple underlines architectural beauty of the Nagara style of temples. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was laid in the 9th century by two local merchants named Ahuka and Manyuka. Later the temple was given a face-lift by Raja Sansar Chand in the 19th century. Even today the temple is visited by a large number of devotees. The boundary of the temple encompasses beautiful gardens and pathways. The exterior of the temple is adorned with beautifully carved images of the heavenly deities.
The sanctum sanctorum of the temple has the Svayambhu form of Shivlinga. The temple stands out of all othe temples of the state due to its exceptional carvings. The festivals of Makara Sankranti, Maha Shivaratri, Vaisakha Sankranti, Shravana Mondays are celebrated with great enthusiasm and joy in the temple. During the festival of Maha Shivratri, the temple is decorated beautifully and the festival lasts for five days.