BAIJNATH SHIV TEMPLE|PahadiBanda

The village is named after the temple – Baijnath is a small, town with
shops on the sides of the main Pathankot-Mandi high way.. Turning left From
main Busstop entered a huge parking area, parked my car and looked towards
the temple complex…. magnificent, artistic, ancient and beautiful. The temple
has been taken over by ASI and result was visible. The temple, unlike most of
our other temples was very clean with no Parshad shops nearby, and without
any chaos of visitors. It has beautifully cut hedges, gardens and pathways all
around.
The temple was destroyed by the famous earthquake in early 1905 and was rebuilt.
Presently Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has taken over the temple
and declared it as National Heritage.The temple is looked after by traditional
priest, who work under the guidance of a committe, headed by SDM.
Entered the temple from main gate and I was amazed by the sheer beauty of
stone carvings, done long long ago.On the main gate itself, there are carvings
in stone of various gods and goddesses with magnificently carved pillars. The
discipline, the cleanliness and the beauty of the temple was simply mind
blowing.
Baijnath or Vaidyanath is a Sidhha temple of Shiva. It is said that when Ravan
worshipped Lord Shiva, he appeared and asked for a boon and Ravan wanted
to take his shivalinga to Lanka. Lord Shiva agreed but said that Ravan had to
carry the Linga and should not keep it on ground in the way. Here in Baijnath,
Ravan wanted to go for call of nature and handed over Linga to a cow-herd,
who was sage Narad in disguise. Narad put the shivalinga on ground and it
established itself there.The same story is said about Vaidyanth Jyotirlinga also.
…doono which one is genuine.
Another priest revealed that it was at Baijnath that Ravan did the penance of
Shiva and from here he took the Shivalinga, which was kept on ground in
Baidyantha Jyotirlinga place.Whatever the story IS, it seems to be a sacred
place of Shiva and has some connection with Hindu history and mythology.took
a round of the temple and saw the magnanimous art of stone carvings on all
sides of the temple .All around the temple on the outer walls saw stone
carvings of Vishnu, shiva, Brahma, Kuber and depiction of many mythological
stories many of which we dO not know.The idols were beautiful, pious and
energetic On the left side of the temple, there was a small water outlet, water
offered inside drains out through a hole and is carried outside. This mini canal
is called Ganga and there was a board indicating that we should not cross this
water and do only half parikrama and go back.followed the rule and came back
keeping parikarma half, which is ritualistic in all shiva temples. The view
outside temple is magnificent with huge Dhauladhar mountains. took my shoes
and left the temple premises with joyful heart and heightened energies

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