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.
Season: Round the Year.
Clothing: Cotton in summer and woolen in winter.
The road from Kausani descends through pine - forests into the fertile Garur valley to Baijnath. Baijnath is 19 kilometers from Kausani and 70 kilometers from Almora.
Tourist rest house and private hotels are available at Bageshwar and a unit of TRH also available at Baijnath itself.
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