The Baijnath Temple (Baidyanath Temple) is one of the most important pilgrimage centres in India. This temple is located in the state of Himachal Pradesh, The small town of Baijnath situated south-east of Dharamsala is famous due to its ancient stone of Baidyanath, sacred to Shiva in his incarnation as Baidyantha, the Lord of the Physicians.
The temple is said to be built around 804 A.D., The significant features of the temple are the intricate carvings on the exterior walls, and the inner sanctum enshrines one of India’s 12 Jyoti linga (linga of light). In late February/early March, a Large number of pilgrims make their way here for the Shivaratri festival in
Baijnath itself is a chaotic and ramshackle town, although the Dhaula Dhar Range provides a fine backdrop. In the southeast of Baijnath exists the small Tibetan settlement of Biv, at 2080 m, where there is a magnificent gompa belonging to the Tibetan Nyingmapa order. Hang-Gliding Rally organised in every May/June attracts participants from all over the world.