Baijnath Temple, Himachal Pradesh
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Baijnath Temple is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India. Baijnath temple is an ancient temple. As per the legend, Ravana the king of Lanka prayed to Lord Shiva and offered him his ten heads. Pleased by the devotion of Ravana, Lord Shiva blessed Ravana with immortality. Ravana asked Lord Shiva to come with him to Lanka. Listening to Ravana’s request, Lord Shiva turned himself into a Lingam and asked Ravana to carry him to Lanka and also told Ravana that on the way if he kept the Lingam on the ground, it would establish itself at that spot.
Ravana carried the Lingam till Baijnath and as he was thirsty he saw Lord Ganesha disguised as a man, Ravana asked him of water. Lord Ganesha gave water to Ravana and after that Ravana asked Ganesha to carry the Lingam till comes back from nature’s call. As Ravana went for nature’s call, Lord Ganesha kept the Shiv Lingam in the ground and the Lingam has been here since then.
Also, to mark respect to Ravana the festival of Dussehra is not celebrated in Baijnath. As per another legend, as Ravana was carrying the Shiv Lingam to Lanka, one of the Devta disguised himself as beggar and went to Ravan to help him. As Ravana asked the beggar to carry the Shiv Lingam, he placed the Shiv Lingam on the ground.
The water of the temple is believed to have medical properties and hence people from across the world carry the water back home to cure diseases. The temple is easily approachable by road and is located on the Pathankot-Mandi highway. Also, Baijnath Railway station is located in the vicinity of the temple. The nearest airport is Ghaggal Airport in Kangra district.
The was built by Ahuka and Manyuka in 1204 A.D in Nagra style. The temple is open on all days from 05:00 AM to 09:00 PM.
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