(Last Updated on : 04/07/2017)
Bageshwar District is a district in the north Indian state
. The town of Bageshwar
is the district headquarters.
Location of Bageshwar District
Bageshwar District is located in the northern parts of province of Uttaranchal, now in Uttarkhand. In east lies the district of Pithoragarh
bordering Tibet and in its west lies the district of Chamoli. In its North lie in the Great Himalaya Mountains
. With the east and west flanked by the Bhileswar and Nileshwar mountains and surrounded by Suraj Kund in the north and Agni Kund in the south, this land of Lord Shiva
is of great religious, historical and political significance.
History of Bageshwar District
As the Puranas states, this undoubtedly is a place capable of liberating one from the eternal bondage of births and deaths. Since time immemorial, this place has been the symbol of faith for the entire Uttarakhand region. Because of its spiritual magnetism, it has attracted many saintly men and numerous patriots who have always been ready to lay down everything for the sake of their revered motherland. The Nilaparvat, situated between the rivers Saryu and Gomti
is inhabited by all 33 crore Gods of the Hindu pantheon, the celestial being like Siddha, Gandharva, Vidyadhar, Urvashi etc. and manu sages. Irrigated by the Saryu, the Nilaparvat is held to be more important than the Vindhyachal. Those who desire to embrace death
at place between Surya Kund and Agni Kund, become equivalent to the Gods
by attaining salvation at the feet of Lord Shiva
During the reign of the Chands, the Shiva temple was constructed at Bageshwar. Legend has it that when repeated attempts to install a Shiva Linga proved futile, it was Shri Manorath Pandey of Palayn village who succeeded in installing the idol after performing penance on the Shivratri
. From then onwards, a massive fair is held on Shivratri each year to commemorate the event.
Geography of Bageshwar District
Situated at the confluence of Saryu River and Gomti River and latent Bhagirathi River
lies the district of Bageshwar; also revered as the pious land associated with Lord Sadashiva, the redeemer of all sins.
Culture of Bageshwar District
The festivals and fairs of Bageshwar District
are not only an expression of the religious social and the cultural urges of the people but have also sustained the folk culture and have been central to the economic activities of the people. The great annual fairs are known by the name of "Mela", and are always connected with religious ideas and customs. They very often center round some famous local shrine, which reaps an extensive harvest at the annual festival
. The languages
of the people of this district are Hindi
, Kumauni and English
Cuisines in Bageshwar District
in Bageshwar District are an important part of the culture
of the people of Bageshwar district. Bal Mithai is a popular sweet dish of this place and it is decorated with small while sugar balls and prepared from Khoya (Condensed Milk). Singauri is a mouth watering sweet prepared from Khoya and Coconut
and wrapped in leaf. Sisunak saag is a green leafy vegetable dish, prepared like any other green vegetables. The leaves are locally known as 'Bichoo Ghas', which also has a rich medicinal value. Gahat kid al. singal and jhangora ki kheer are among the other delicacies of Bageshwar district.
Tourism in Bageshwar District
There are several temples
in this district which attract thousands of pilgrims every year. The Baijnath temple
situated here is venerated by one and all. Devotees gather here on every Monday of the holy month of Shravan to worship the Lord. Baijnath temple, Chandika temple and Sriharu temple are among the other important temples of this place. There are several places in and around Bageshwar district which attracts tourists from across the map of India. Kausani, Kanda and Pandusthal are among such places of tourist delight. Adventure tourism is an inseparable part of tourism in Bageshwar district.
Bageshwar district is connected by roadways
. The nearest airport
is at Pantnagar which is at a distance of 178 kilometers. The nearest railway station from this district is Kathgodam, at a distance of 145 kilometers. Bageshwar district is well connected with road way facilities to all the important places of the country.