Baba Baijnath Dham

Baijnath – Famous for Baba Baijnath Dham Himachal Pradesh

Baijnath Himachal Pradesh has the famous Baba Baijnath Dham, also known as baijnath shiv temple, a famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Baijnath – The adobe baba baijnath dham

Baijnath was Originally known as Kiragrama. Baijnath town lies on Pathankot-Chakki-Manali highway (National Highway No. 20) which is midway between Kangra and Mandi.

Baijnath Dham Himachal Pradesh

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The town is called as Baijnath and became popular after the name of the temple. The town is located on the left bank of the river Binwa, ( in ancient times the river was known as Binduka, a tributary of river Beas )

Baba Baijnath dham Story ( Baijnath ki katha )

According to local legens, Ravana is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva in the Kailash during the Treta Yug in order to gain invincible abilities.

To please Lord Shiva he offered his ten heads in the havan kund . Ravana’s extraordinary deed influenced Lord Shiva, who not only restored his heads but also conferred invincibility and immortality upon him.

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After obtaining this unparalleled boon, Ravana requested Lord Shiva to accompany him to Lanka . Shiva agreed to Ravana’s request and transformed himself into Shivling.

Lord Shiva instructed him to carry the Shivling and warned him not to set it down on the ground on his journey. Ravana began his journey towards Lanka and arrived in Baijnath, where he felt compelled to respond to nature’s call.

When Ravana saw a shepherd, he handed over the Shivling to him and went away to relieve himself.

When the shepherd discovered the Shivling was quite heavy, he placed it on the ground, and the Shivling became settled there, taking the form of Ardhnarishwar (God in form of Half Male & Half Female).


There is a similar story behind the Gokarna temple ( In Karnataka). But then these local legends are many a times similar in nature. You can read the story here.


Some interesting facts about baijnath temple Himachal Pradesh

  • The Dussehra festival, in which the effigy of Ravana is customarily burned to flames, is not held in Baijnath as a symbol of respect for Ravana’s devotion to Lord Shiva.
  • Another unusual feature in Baijnath is the lack of goldsmith stores.

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How to reach baijnath shiv temple

Shri baijnath shiv temple is very near to Palampur and Kangra.

How to reach Baba Baijnath Dham by Road:

From Dehli to Baijnath it is 480 Kms via NH44 and will take around 19 hrs if you drive by your own.

Chandigarh to Baijnath is around 250 Kms via NH503 and it will take around 6 to 7 hrs if you drive on your own.

Shimla to Baijnath – 205 Kms again around 6 hrs of drive.

There are regular bus service to Baijnath from Delhi, Chandīgarh, Shimla etc

How to reach Baijnath Shiv Mandir by Train:

Baijnath has a railway station – it is called as Baijnath Mandri Railway Station – BJMR

Trains passing through Baijnath Mandir Rauilway Station:

Name NumberFromToDays
PTK-JDNX PASS52471PathankotJoginder NagarALL
JDNX-PTK PASSNGER52472Joginder NagarPathankotALL
PTK-JDNX PASSANGER52473PathankotJoginder NagarALL
JDNX-PTK PASSNGER52474Joginder NagarPathankotALL
SVDK GKP SPL4602Joginder NagarPathankotALL

How to reach Baijnath Shiv Mandir by Air:

So if you are travelling by Air, the best way is to reach Shimla, Chandigarh, Delhi first and then take a cab, or bus or train.

From Delhi/ Chandigarh you can go to Pathankot first and then take one of the trains or you can check if there are direct trains from Chandigarh or Delhi.

Places to visit near Baba Baijnath Dham

There are many other places which can be visited if you are visiting Baijnath. Please have a look at the list below:

  • Mukut Nath as Sansal ( 6 km)
  • Awahi Nag temple ( 2 Kms)
  • Mahakal Temple ( 5 Km)
  • Sherabling ( Tibetan Monastery ) ( 5 km)
  • Bir ( 14 km)
  • Bling ( 14 km) – World famous paragliding spot

Someshwara Temple – Kolar – Karnataka

Today we take you to Sri Someshwara Temple Kolar. We have covered a lot about Kolar in our many of previous posts. There are many beautiful temples in and around Kolar which are of great religious and historical importance.

We have written about Kolaramma temple, Sri Kotilingeshwara Temple, Avani temple, Sri Kurudumule Ganesha temple, Sri Anjenaya Swamy temple (ardhigiri), Sri Bangaru Tirupati temple all of which are in / Around Kolar and are must visit. Follow the link to read more about them.

Sri Someshwara temple Kolar is also one of the very old temples of Kolar region. More than 1000 years old, this temple was also built during Chola , Chalukya and Vijanagara dynasities. A good example of Vijayanagra style of architecture.

The goupuram, ie, the entrance of temple is huge. It looks just majestic.

Someshwara Temple Kolar
The Majestic Gopuram of Sri Someshwara Temple

The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva ( worshipped as Lord Someshwara here). This temple is at walking distance from Kolaramma temple and hence you can club both the temples during one visit.

The view from temple entrance is equally impressive. The “Dhwaja Stambh” can be seen from outside.

Someshwara Temple Kolar
Someshwara Temple Kolar
Another view of Dhawaja Stambh

As you enter inside you will find that the main temple structure. A classic example of dravidian temple architecture. The square sanctum is surrounded by narrow passage way for people to do parikrama.

Someshwara Temple Kolar
Someshwara Temple Kolar
The narrow passageway

The carvings on the pillar are also worth seeing.

There are a lot of carvings on the pillar of temples. Various mythological characters are depicted along with animals like horses.

Someshwara Temple Kolar
Someshwara Temple Kolar

The main temple premises has Kalyan Mantappa and Vasantha Mantappa, apart from Mukha Mandap.

Someshwara Temple Kolar

It would be a nice trip, I assure you. If you are in Bangalore, it takes around 90 mins to reach there and an hour or so for both Someshwara temple and Kolaramma temple. Hence can be covered in a half a day trip.

Directions to Someshwara Temple Kolar:

You need to reach Kolar. The temple is very near to the national highway (approx 2 to 3 kms). Google maps are best. But below are my comments on 2 main routes. ( The directions are same as Kolaramma temple directions and both the temples are at walking distance from each other)

  • Bangalore -> Hoskote -> Kolar -> Someshwara temple
  • Bangalore -> Sarjapura – >Malur -> Kolar – > Someshwara temple

Remember, the temple closes at around 1.30 PM and then reopens at 4.00 PM and hence it is very important that you plan accordingly.

So do plan to visit and let us know your experience!

Have a wonderful trip

Sanjeev@mytempletrips

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