The Bagnath temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is situated in Bageshwar near the confluence of Gomti and Sarayu rivers.
History of Bagnath Temple:
The temple was built by kumaon ruler named Laxmi Chand in 1450, although some sources state The existence of Bagnath temple since 7th Century. The temple is mentioned in “Skanda Purana”. The temple is built in South Indian architectural style.
Mythology of The Temple:
Accordding to a legend lord shiva was seen as a tiger at this place, hence the temple was named as Bagnath. “Bag” means tiger. The temple attracts lots of devotees on the occasion of Shivratri and Makar Sankranti. It is believed that Sage Markandeya worshipped Lord Shiva here.
Fairs and Festivals in the Temple:
The temple hosts a huge fair of ‘Uttarayani’ on the occasion of Makar Sankranti in the month of January every year . This fair is noted by holy bathing at the confuence of Gomati and Saryu river in the dawn. After the holy bath, the water is offered on the Shivalinga inside the Baghnath temple. People continue this ritual of holy bath for three days. This is known as ‘Trimaghi’.
How to Reach Bageshwar:
Closest airport is Pantnagar Airport, which is about 205 km from Bageshwar.
Kathgodam railway station is the nearest railhead. It is 171 kms from Bageshwar.
Bageshwar is a district and well connected to all the major cities of Uttarakhand and Delhi as well.