Bagnath Temple

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Bagnath Temple
बागनाथ मंदिर
Bagnath Temple in Bageshwar
Bagnath Temple in Bageshwar
DeityLord Shiva
FestivalsDiwali , Shiv ratri and Uttarayani Fair
Geographic coordinates29°50′12″N 79°49′21″E / 29.83667°N 79.82250°E / 29.83667; 79.82250Coordinates: 29°50′12″N 79°49′21″E / 29.83667°N 79.82250°E / 29.83667; 79.82250
CreatorLaxmi Chand
Monument(s)3 including ( bagnath temple ,lord shiva statue , confluence of 2 rivers)
Elevation1,004 m (3,294 ft)

Bagnath Temple (Hindi: बागनाथ मंदिर) is an ancient shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva, situated in the Bageshwar city at the confluence of Sarayu and Gomati rivers.[1][2] Bagnath Temple is festooned with bells of all sizes and features impressive carvings.[3] It is the most famous Temple in Bageshwar District.[4] It is flooded with devotees on the occasion of Shivratri.[5] The city of Bageshwar gets its name from this Temple.[6][7]


Bagnath Temple is located at 29.8370° N, 79.7725° E.[8] The temple is situated in Bageshwar City[9] in Bageshwar District[10] in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is situated at the confluence of Saryu and Gomati rivers. It has an Elevation of 1004 m above mean sea level.[11]


King Laxmi Chand built the present building in 1450.

According to Hindu Legend, Sage Markandeya worshipped Lord Shiva here.[12][11] Lord Shiva blessed sage Markandeya by visiting here in the form of a Tiger.[12][11]

Though some sources state The existence of Bagnath temple since 7th Century,[7] the present building in nagara style was built in 1450 by Chand ruler, Laxmi Chand.[6][13][14] The various statues in the temple date back from 7th century AD to 16th century AD.[15] The significance of the temple finds mention in the Skanda Purana.[15] Hindu Pilgrims file in throughout the year to worship here.[3] 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.[1]

Festivals and Religious Practices[edit]

The Uttarayani fair is held in the month of January every year on the occasion of Makar Sankranti.[6][15][16] The religious ritual of the fair consists in bathing before daybreak at the confluence.[17][18] After Bathing, an offering of water to Lord Shiva inside the Temple is essential.[17] Those who are more religiously disposed, continue this practice for three days in succession, which is known as "Trimaghi".[17]



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  3. ^ a b Singh, Sarina. India. Ediz. Inglese. Lonely Planet. p. 498. ISBN 9781742203478.
  4. ^ Kumar, Brajesh. Pilgrimage Centres of India. Diamond Pocket Books (P) Ltd. p. 96. ISBN 9788171821853.
  5. ^ "Terror threat fails to deter devotees". Dehradun: The Tribune. Press Trust of India. 7 March 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  6. ^ a b c Nag, Prithvish. Tourism and Trekking in Nainital Region. Concept Publishing Company. p. 83. ISBN 9788170227694.
  7. ^ a b Kasniyal, B D (15 May 2016). "Development gains elude Kumaon's holy place". Pithoragarh: The Tribune. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Bagnath Temple (Shri Bagnathji) Complex". Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  9. ^ Chamaria, Pradeep. Kailash Manasarovar on the Rugged Road to Revelation. Abhinav Publications. p. 83. ISBN 9788170173366.
  10. ^ Sharma, Dr Shiv. India - A Travel Guide. Diamond Pocket Books (P) Ltd. p. 260. ISBN 9788128400674. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  11. ^ a b c Negi, Sunil (18 May 2017). "कत्यूर व चंद शासकों के काल में बनी ऐतिहासिक इमारतें हैं उपेक्ष‍ित". JNN (in Hindi). Bageshwar: Dainik Jagran. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  12. ^ a b "बाघ और गाय बनकर इस संगम पर घूमते थे भगवान शिव और पार्वती". Dehradun: Amar Ujala. 30 May 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  13. ^ Guides, Rough. The Rough Guide to India. Rough Guides Limited. ISBN 9780241295397. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  14. ^ "Bagnath Temple (Bageshwar)".
  15. ^ a b c District Census Handbook: Bageshwar (PDF) (Series-6 Part XII-B ed.). Dehradun: Directorate of Census Operations, Uttarakhand. 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  16. ^ "पतित पावनी सरयू-गोमती नदी का संगम गंदगी मुक्त हुआ". Amar Ujala Bureau (in Hindi). Bageshwar: Amar Ujala. 26 December 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  17. ^ a b c Pant, Shiva Darshan. The Social Economy of the Himalayans: Based on a Survey in the Kumaon Himalayas. Mittal Publications. p. 197. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  18. ^ "Choliya dances enthrall at Bageshwar mela". Almora: The Times of India. TNN. 14 June 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2016.

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