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The faithful often turn to deities for consolatio­n in times of disease and illness. Himachal Pradesh’s Baijnath Temple was built to shore up the health of Shiva’s devotees. Here ‘the God of Destructio­n’ is worshipped as ‘Vaidyanath’, the Lord of Physicians. Devotees believe even the water here can cure their anguish. While some believe the lingam here is one of the original 12 jyotirling­as, the claim is often contested. The temple was built by two merchants, Ahuka and Manyuka, in 1204, and everything from its doorways and walls to its sanctum and porch has been carved to depict Shiva’s beneficenc­e and his significan­ce in Hindu mythology.

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