After visiting the complex, we left for Palampur.
Baijnath is famous for the Shiva temple built around 1204 A.D. Situated around 16 km from Palampur, this temple shows Nagara style of architecture. It is also known as Jyotirlinga Sri Chandrabhal Baidyanath (Baijnath) of North.
According to the mythology, in Kailash, once Ravana took the arduous and rigorous path of worship of Lord Shiva to attain the boon of being invincible and supreme. Shiva was pleased with his worship and Ravana requested to go with him in Lankapuri so that he could worship him and become the supreme power. Shiva agreed and took the form of Shiva Linga (the stone) but on condition that while going to Lankapuri from Kailash, Ravana should never put the Shiva linga on ground. Other Devatas (Gods and Goddesses) felt that if Lord Shiva left Kailash, they would become powerless and so to stop Ravana, they thought of a plan.
On his way to Lankapuri, Ravana halted here (Baijnath) for nature's call and requested a shepherd (named Byajju) to hold the Shiva linga until he came back. But the shepherd, holding the heavy stone for a long time placed it on the ground. This shepherd was none other than Lord Ganesha! And on returning, Ravana could not lift the stone and it got established there. Thus, Shiva or Vaidyanath came to known as Baijnath in Himachal. Major festivals are celebrated here with great enthusiasm. But in Dussehra, when the whole country celebrates the festival by burning the effigy of Ravana, here it is not celebrated as a mark of respect to Ravana. Ravana was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva.