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Around Kausani

Baijanth (17 kms) The most important historical center of Uttarkashi, Baijnath on the bank of Gomati river was known as Karttikeyapur in ancient times . The small township of Baijnath still hides within its fold the legacy of its glorious history. The houses have intricately carved wooden doors and windows which are live example of art and architecture that was born here. The small township nestled in the valley also has a number of exquisitely carved temples along the Gomti river bank.
The magnificent image of goddess Parvati in the sentum of the main temple, the images still shines as they were almost a thousand years before. .

Kanda (63 kms.) from Kausani, is a picturesque place where every inch promises a fresh song of nature. An ancient temple of Bhadrakali adds to the scenic grandeur of the place.

Someshwar (10 kms) from Kausani is famous for Shiva Temple and is belived to have been founded by Raja Soma Chand. A fine example of Katyuri art is the centre of important festival of Shivratri in March.

Jageshwar (82 kms.) from Kausani, is a cluster of ancient temples from 8th to 12th century A.D. The complex consisting of 124 temples and hundreds of statues is not merely famous for its exquisite craftsmanship but also for its Swayambhu Lingum named Naagesh. The main temples are dedicated to Maha Mrityunjaya, Mahisasur Mardini, Kedarnath, Baleshwar, Surya, Navagraha, Mahakali, and Navdurga.

Jageshwar is amongst the 12 Jyotirlingas in India and Aadi Shankaracharya also meditated here. Vridha Jageshwar, 12 km from here by motorable road is the source of Jata Ganga river. Jageshwar, apart from its countryside, it also offers imposing view of Hiriya Shikhar (2200 m).

Uttar Vrindavan
is enroute to Jageshwar and is close to proximity. It is 3 km beyond Panuwa Naula on the left hand side. The Uttar Vrindavan Ashram of Mirtola was established in 1929 by Yashoda Ma, spouse of Dr. G.N. Charkravarty, first Vice Chancellor of Lucknow University and her disciple Krishna Prem. The present temple was constructed in 1937.

Bageshwar (40 kms.), Situated on the confluence of two sacred rivers, Saryu and Gomti, Bageshwar is an important centre for Shiva worshippers. It is known that Markendaya Muni lived here and Lord Shiva wandered in the form of a tiger in this holy tract. The present 'Bagnath' (bagh means tiger) temple located here was constructed by the king Laxmi Chand in 1602 A.D. In close proximity is the old temple of Vaneshwar as well as the recently constructed Bhairav temple.

The various statues in the temples dates back to 7th century A.D. to 16th century A.D. This town is not only famous for the Baghnath temple but also for the Uttarayani fair held on the confluence of the sacred rivers, in mid January every year. Bageshwar is also base camp for trekkers going to Pindari, Kafani and Sunderdhunga glaciers. The rugged beauty of these glaciers is a breath taking sight




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