Enveloped in mythologies, anecdotes and a glorious past Baijnath reveals itself as a wonderfully enchanting destination. Once the capital of the great Katyri kings of Kumaon, Baijnath was called Kartikyapura in old times. Situated in the beautifully lush and expansive Garur valley, Baijnath is a fantastic, tiny town.
The Baijnath Temple complex is renowned for its outstanding sculpture and is counted among the best creations to have been carved in the whole Western Himalayan region. These temples were built by the Katyri kings. Standing at the banks of River Gomti, the temples of Shiva, Ganesh, Parvati, Chandika, Kuber, Surya and Brahma, dating back to the 13th century A.D. point toward the splendid past of this region.
The temple is famous for its ancient and magnificent stone idol of goddess Parvati. The Kotkimai Temple is about eight kilometres from Baijnath on the Gwaldam road. En route, one can also visit Pandusthal.
There are two long inscriptions in the porch of the temple indicating that a temple of Shiva existed on the spot even before the present one was constructed. The present Baijnath Temple is an ideal example of the early medieval North Indian temple architecture known as Nagara style of temples.
Baijnath is known for its exquisitely carved and sculptured temples built by the Katyuri kings, which are considered as some of the finest creations of the Western Himalayas.
Altitude : 1126 meters above sea level.
Season: Round the Year.
Clothing: Cotton in summer and woolen in winter.
Kot Bhramri Devi Temple or (Kot Ka Mandir)
Around 2 km from Baijnath there is a temple of Bhagwati Mata Kot Bhramri Devi Temple or (Kot Ka Mandir) (traces of Ma Bhramri can be found in the last two paragraph of Chapter Eleven of Durga Shaptashati Path - The most sacred Hindu Book equivalent to Gita and Ramayana), which once was a fort owned by the Katyuri Kings. Also, there is a myth that Adiguru Shankaracharya stayed in this temple overnight while en route to Badrinath. There is widespread belief among the local populace that the goddess, (after whom the temple is named) Kot Bhramri Devi's, face should not be seen by anyone except the priest of the temple. If this advice is not followed, the entire Katur Valley will face ill luck and massive disaster will ensue, hence backside of the goddess is worshipped, except during the annual festival of "Nandaashtmi" during Bhadrapad Ashtami or Radha Ashtami in September month or when the Raj Jaat Yatra takes place once in twelve year. Since last 150 Years buffalo and Lamb were sacrificed in the name of Nandaashtami but it has been stopped by The Honorable High Court of Nainital on a Public Interest Litigation filed by Animal Protection Society.
PantNagar Airport in UdhamSingh Nagar is the nearest airport at a distance of 206 kms
Kathgodam is the nearest railway station at a distance of 180 km from Bageshwar.Baijnath is well connected by trains to nearest destinations Kathgodam ( Kumaon Junction ) from New Delhi and other major cities. i.e Mumbai, Lucknow etc.
Baijnath is 26kms from Bageshwar and 17kms from Kausani ( Almora ).
Baijnath is well connected by motorable roads to nearest destinations such as Almora and Bageshwar from New Delhi Anand Vihar.
The state transport bus terminals in Uttarakhand are located just outside the railway station. They are a cheap and economical mode of transport if on budget.
Tourist rest house and private hotels are available at Bageshwar and a unit of TRH also available at Baijnath itself.