Begeshwar is the holy districts of Uttarakhand that describes the presence of Gods. It is located at the convergence of rivers Gomti, Saryu and latent Bhagirathi that enhances its beauty as the most striking place of our country. Visiting the natural beauty of Bageshwar is like spending the most beautiful moment of your life at a place. You will find the varieties of temples like Bagnath Temple which is one of the most attractive points of Uttarakhand where thousands of people belong to India as well as Foreign comes every year.
The beautiful town is also a delight for adventure sports lovers. The famous Pindari, Sunderdunga and Kafni glaciers can be reached via Bageshwar. Bageshwar gets its name from this ancient temple of Lord Shiva set in the heart of the town. According to mythological legends, sage Markandey lived here and the place was visited by Lord Shiva in the form of Bagh or tiger.
History of Bageshwar
Initially Bageshwar was the tehsil of Almora District but on 15th September 1997 it was separated from Almora and has become an independent district. According to Hindu Mythology it was the place where gods and sages came to meditate to lord Shiva. Lord Shiva came into this place in the form of lion that’s why its name has become Bageshwar. Later the temple of Bageshwar was established by a Chanda dynasty king Laxmi Chanda in 1450 AD.
Places to Visit in Bageshwar
Bagnath Temple: Bageshwar gets its name from this ancient temple of Lord Shiva set in the heart of the town. According to mythological legends, sage Markandey lived here and the place was visited by Lord Shiva in the form of Bagh or tiger. The sacred shrine was built during the reign of the Chands and it is believed that no one could install the Shivlinga in the sanctum; finally, Shri Manorath Pandey of Palayn village performed penance and succeeded in installing the Shivlinga on Shivratri. Since then a massive fair is held here on ‘Shivratri’ to mark this auspicious occasion. Large number of pilgrims flock to the shrine, especially on Shivratri and on every Monday of the holy month of’Sharvan’.
There are also group of temples dedicated to various Hindu deities. The main shrines among them arethe Bhairav temple, Dattatrey Maharaj, Ganga Mai temple, Hanuman temple, Durga temple, Kalika temple, Thingal Bhairav temple, Panchnam Junakhara and the Vaneswar temple etc.
Chandika Temple: This beautiful shrine of Goddess Chandika attracts large number of devotees during the holy Navratras.
Shri Haru Temple: This important shrine lies about 5 kms from Bagheswar. It is believed that the wishes of the devotees are fulfiled here. A large fair is held here on the auspicious occasion of Vijaya Dashmi.
Gauri Udiyar: The sacred site is 8 kms from Bageshwar and has a large cave enshrining idols of Lord Shiva.
Other important shrines in and around Bageshwar are – Ram Ghat temple, Agnikund temple, Nileshwar temple, Kukuda Mai temple, Shitla Devi temple, Trijugi Narayan temple, Hanuman temple, Nileshwar Dham, Swarg Ashram, Ramji temple, Loknath Ashram, Ashram of Amitji, Jwala Devi temple, Veni Mahadev temple, Radha Krishna temple, Bhileshwar Dham, Suraj Kund, Siddartha Dham, Gopeshwar Dham, Golu temple and Praktishwar Mahadev.
How to reach Bageshwar
You can reach to Bageshwar via Air, Railway and road as well. Pantnagar is the nearest airport which is 206 Kms away from Nainital whereas Kathgodam is the nearest railway station which is only 180 Kms away from Almora. Along with that Bageshwar is also well-connected by road as it is the very nearest place to the major cities of Uttarakhand.