Excursion In Bageshwar

June 30, 2009 | Post By: Vinay Dobhal | Editor: Swati Singh




Bageshwar district is in the eastern Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, and is bounded on the west and northwest by Chamoli District, on the northeast and east by Pithoragarh District, and on the south by Almora District.

The town Bageshwar is the district headquarters which is situated on the confluence of Sarju and Gomati rivers. The city of Bageshwar gets its name from the Bagnath Temple. Bageshwar is known for its scenic beauty, Glaciers, Rivers and Temples.

Nanda Devi festival is celebrated here, during which devotees from all over India visit this place.



Bagnath Temple

Bagnath Temple

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.

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Baijnath

Baijnath

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.

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Chandika Temple

Chandika Temple

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.

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Gauri Udiyar

Gauri Udiyar

Gauri Udiyar, which is 8 kms from Bageshwar is a sacred site and has a large cave enshrining idols of Lord Shiva.

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Kanda

Kanda

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.

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