Situated at the confluence of rivers Saryu, Gomti and latent Bhagirathi lays the holy township of Bageshwar; also revered as the pious land associated with Lord Sadashiva, the redeemer of all sins. As the Puranas state, this undoubtedly is a place capable of liberating one from the eternal bondage of births and deaths. With the east and west flanked by the Bhileswar and Nileshwar mountains and surrounded by Suraj Kund in the north and Agni Kund in the south, this land of Lord Shankar is of great religious, historic and political significance.
Places of Interest
The temples at Baijnath situated on the left bank of the Gomti. On the way to the main temple, just below the house the Mahanta, is the temple of Bamani (A corrupt form of Sanskrit Brahmani). Tradition of the place says that it was built by a Brahmin widow and was dedicated by her to God Shiva. Another story states that a Brahmin woman who was kidnapped by a Kshatriya built the temple in favour of Shiva for the expiration of her sins.
There is an idol of Shiva inside the temple which has no inscriptions. The construction of the temple does not differ from that of the Tailihata group, so it may also be said to belong the same period. The main temple, dedicated to Baijnath or Vaidhyanatha (a name of Shiva), which gives its name to the present village is situated near the Gomti. The temple is approached from the riverside by a flight of steps made of stones constructed by the orders of Katyuri queen. The place was and is a bathing place for the inhabitants who have now made a Kachha pond near the temple.
Baghnath Temple is a famous Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva who incarnated himself as a ‘bagh’ or tiger at this place. It was built in 1602 by the Kumaon ruler called Laxmi Chand. The temple stands in utmost grandeur on the confluence of Gomti and Saryu River in the Bageshwar district. The Hindu temple houses the idols of Shiva, Parvati, Ekmukhi, Chaturmukhi Shiva Linga, Trimukhi Shiv, Ganesha, Vishnu, Surya and many other Hindu deities. This temple hosts a big fair during Makar Sankranti.
Chandika Devi Temple
The Chandika Devi temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Chandika Mai, who is also known as Kali. This sacred shrine is located about half a kilometre away from Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand. The temple holds religious significance in the lives of the people. A number of devotees from distant places visit this temple during Navratras. The local populace reveres the Chandika Devi Temple and witness a daily puja at the same.