Bagnath Temple in Bageshwar
|Elevation||1,004 m (3,294 ft)|
|Primary deity||Lord Shiva|
|Important festivals||Diwali , Shiv ratri and Uttarayani Fair|
|Number of temples||1|
|History and governance|
Bagnath Temple (hi: बागनाथ मंदिर) is an ancient shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is situated in the Bageshwar city at the confluence of Saryu and Gomati Rivers. Bagnath Temple is festooned with bells of all sizes and features impressive carvings. It is the most famous Temple in Bageshwar District. It is flooded with devotees on the occasion of Shivratri. The city of Bageshwar gets its name from this Temple.
Bagnath Temple is located at 29.8370° N, 79.7725° E. The temple is situated in Bageshwar City in Bageshwar District 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.
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 2016for patrolling and prevention of water crimes in the city.
Festivals and Religious Practices
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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