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Temple at Byjnath, Kangra Valley.

Temple at Byjnath, Kangra Valley.

Photographer: Bourne, Samuel

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1864

Shelfmark: Photo 222/(54)

Item number: 22254

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the temple at Baijnath or Vaidyanatha, Kangra Valley from the 'Strachey Collection of Indian Views', taken by Samuel Bourne in 1864.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.

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