At a distance of 38 km from Kausani and 21 km from Baijnath Temple, Bagnath Temple is an ancient temple situated in the town of Bageshwar at the confluence of Sarayu and Gomti Rivers. It is one of the famous pilgrimage places in Uttarakhand and also one of the prime places to visit in Kausani.
The Bagnath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Some sources state that the existence of Bagnath temple since 7th Century and the present building in nagara style was built in 1450 AD by Chand ruler, Laxmi Chand. The various statues in the temple date back from 7th century AD to 16th century AD.
The town Bageshwar has derived its name from the temple of Lord Shiva. According to legend, Bagnath temple is the place where Sage Markandeya worshipped Lord Shiva. Pleased with his prayers Lord Shiva manifested in Tiger avatar and blessed Markandeya. The significance of the temple finds mention in the Skanda Purana.
According to Hindu Legend, Sage Markandeya worshipped Lord Shiva here. Lord Shiva blessed sage Markandeya by visiting here in the form of a Tiger.
Though some sources state The existence of Bagnath temple since 7th Century, the present building in nagara style was built in 1450 by Chand ruler, Laxmi Chand. The various statues in the temple date back from 7th century AD to 16th century AD. The significance of the temple finds mention in the Skanda Purana. Hindu Pilgrims file in throughout the year to worship here. A water police post was opened in the premises of the temple on 19 September 2016 for patrolling and prevention of water crimes in the city.
The Uttarayani fair is held in the month of January every year on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. The religious ritual of the fair consists in bathing before daybreak at the confluence. After Bathing, an offering of water to Lord Shiva inside the Temple is essential. Those who are more religiously disposed, continue this practice for three days in succession, which is known as “Trimaghi”.
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