Travel in India – A temple & a legendary tale

Built in the early thirteenth century, the Vaidyanath Shiva temple at Baijnath, Himachal Pradesh, India, is a magnificent example of the Nagara style of architecture with unique sculptures and distinctive moldings. Inscriptions on the temple wall tell of its construction in 1204 AD by two merchants Ahuka and Manyuka.

Vaidyanath temple, Baijnath, Himachal Pradesh, India

Vaidyanath temple, Baijnath, Himachal Pradesh, India

The main entrance to the temple

The main entrance to the temple

The south balcony

The south balcony

Apart from the main deity, the outer walls of the temple even has many niches that house sculptures of  Goddess Chamunda, Surya (the Sun God), Kartikeya (son of Lord Shiva) and a massive structure of Nandi (Carrier of Lord Shiva) in front of the Temple. One of the 12 Jyotirlingas are also located in the sanctum of this Baijnath temple. 

Lord Ganesha at the temple entrance
Lord Ganesha at the temple entrance

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Devotees have immense faith and believe that, Vaidyanath, the ‘Lord of Physicians’ Shiva frees people from all kinds of ailments and diseases. The water of the temple premises is also considered curative.

View from the temple porch
View from the temple porch
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