One of the great examples of North Indian architecture, Baijnath Temple holds an utter divinity. The Baijnath Temple in Baijnath town, Kangra District, also holds the position to be singular as it is carved with excellent perfection. According to Shiva Purana, it is one of the 12 Shivalingams that was established by Lord Shiva himself. When you enter the temple, you feel the infinite bliss.
It was built in 1204 A.D. by two local merchants named Ahuka and Manyuka. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva as Vaidyanath ‘the Lord of physicians’. According to the inscriptions on the present-day Baijnath temple structure, a temple of Lord Shiva had existed before the construction of the present-day structure. The inner sanctum houses a Shiva lingam. Further images are carved in the walls and in niches on the exterior.
Lord Ganesha. The temple consists of the magnificent idol of Lord Ganesha who is the son of Lord Shiva. The statue is carved beautifully and looks like ready to speak. It is also believed that visiting the temple can extend your wisdom and enhance your decision-making ability.
Lord Harihara. Another idol is Lord Harihara that also speaks a lot about the mythological figure. This entails the union of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.
Architecture.The architecture of the Baijnath temple hints of an early medieval North Indian style which is popularly called as 'Nagara'. There are two entrances, north and south and a vast vestibule in the middle with balconies on either side. This is the Mandap. Before the Mandap is a small porch that is based on four columns. On this porch rests Nandi, the mount or vaahan of Lord Shiva. The inner sanctum, where the Shivaling lies, is surrounded by walls that are speckled with artistic drawings and paintings.
Inscriptions. Inscriptions on the walls of the temple indicate that before the present temple, a shrine of Lord Shiva rested on the same spot. Also, lush green gardens and manicured lawns make a perfect foreground for this unique and ancient structure.
Garden and Entrance. When you enter the temple, you will encounter as vast garden that is well-trimmed and spreads a soothing vibe. You can sit for a while and enjoy the scenery of Baijnath.
This is a holy shrine and is opened from the morning to evening. Also, if you want to get the hue of the fullest and tenderest weather of Kangra, visiting in the months of October and November will be perfect. Also, you will enjoy the festive season as the temple is laced with the vibration of the festivity.
Air- The Kangra Airport is the nearest airport to the Baijnath Temple. After reaching the airport, you can easily get the bus or other modes of transport to reach the temple.
Rail- The nearest railway station is the Kangra Mandir Railway Station. At the station, you can find a hub of transport towards the temple.