Excursion In Bageshwar District
Here is the list of some of the adventurous places of this district. Many people from around the world come here for adventurous sports. The camps here, not only provide you the atmosphere but also the opportunity to learn more if you are novice (beginner).
Bageshwar gets its name from Bagnath Temple which is an ancient temple of Lord Shiva. It is in the heart of the town. According to mythological legends, sage Markandey lived here and the place was visited by Lord Shiva in the form of Bagh or tiger.
The sacred shrine was built during the reign of the Chands and it is believed that no one could install the Shivlinga in the sanctum, finally, Shri Manorath Pandey of Palayn village performed penance and succeeded in installing the Shivlinga on Shivratri. Since then a massive fair is held here on 'Shivratri' to mark this auspicious occasion. Large number of pilgrims flock to the shrine, especially on Shivratri and on every Monday of the holy month of'Sharvan'.
There are also group of temples dedicated to various Hindu deities. The main shrines among them arethe Bhairav temple, Dattatrey Maharaj, Ganga Mai temple, Hanuman temple, Durga temple, Kalika temple, Thingal Bhairav temple, Panchnam Junakhara and the Vaneswar temple etc.
Baijnath, which is 26k kms away is a historical and pilgrim site on Gwaldam motor road is set on the banks of river Gomti in Katyuri valley. It was once the capital of Katyuri dynasty and the ancient temples here stand in testimony of the erstwhile era. The ancient Shiva temple here is famous for the magnificent idol of Goddess Parvati. Another important shrine is the Kotkimai temple, 8 kms from here.
The Chandika temple is dedicated to Goddess Chandika which is an incarnation of Goddess Durga. In this temple during the Navratra .Season people from near by villages come to offer puja. It is just half a kilometer away from Bageshwar.
Gauri Udiyar, which is 8 kms from Bageshwar is a sacred site and has a large cave enshrining idols of Lord Shiva.
Kanda is situated at a distance of 25 kms from Bageshwar. This is a picturesque place and has always been and attraction for many nature lovers. When you visit this place dont miss to visit the ancient Bhadrakali temple which is very near by to Kanda.
Pandusthal is popularly known for its historic background. According to legends, Pandusthal is believed to be the battle ground where 'Kauravas' and 'Pandavas' had fought. When you visit this place you can witness a natural ground which is half a km in breadth. As this place is near to Himalaya ranges, you can get an excellent view of the ranges from here. If you are planning to visit this place then you can reach Pandusthal taking a bus or private cab. A bus service is available from Garur to Jakheda. From Jakheda one can trek 20 kms. through the mountains.
Shri Haru Temple
Shri Haru Temple which is 5 kms from Bagheswar is an important shrine. It is believed that the wishes. of the devotees are fulfiled here. A large fair is held here on the auspicious occasion of Vijaya Dashmi.
Vijaypur is a high altitude place famous for the panoramic view which one can witness from here. Nature lovers can see the breath taking snow capped Himalayan range clearly from here. as this place is at high altitude. Vijaypur is at a distance of 30 kms from Bageshwar town.
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