Temple of Byjnath, Kangra Valley.
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the temple of Vaidyanatha in the Kangra Valley from the 'Strachey Collection of Indian Views', taken by Samuel Bourne in 1863. Construction of the Vaidyanatha Temple began in 1204 by two merchant brothers, Manyuka and Ahuka. It is a good example of the Nagri style of architecture and is one of the best preserved Hindu stone temples in the Kangra Valley. Vaidyanatha is the deity Shiva in his form of 'Lord of the Physicians' and pilgrims travel to Baijnath as the water is reputed to possess remarkable healing properties.