Bareilly is a well known name when it comes to Hindu temples. Bareilly is a very prominent town located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The city is also referred to as the 7th largest metropolitian city in state of Uttar Pradesh and is ranked as the 50 in the country India. The history of this wonderful and traditional city goes back to the time of the Hindu epic Mahabharata. The city of Bareilly is also known as “Nath Nagari”, as there are four nath or Siva temples which are dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva and these are located in the four corners of the city which are the Trivati Nath, Alakha Nath, Madhi Nath and Dhopeshwar Nath temples.
There are many temples based in the city of Bareilly. The Alakhnath temple is one of the temples located in this ancient city. The Alakhnath temple is known as the headquarters of the Anand Akhara order which belong to the Naga sannyasins. The members belonging to this order of Shiva devotees are more commonly known as Naga Babas.
The complex of the temple has a large courtyard in the centre and inside the complex there are many buildings too. Here you will see many small and large shrines, some of these are within the buildings and some shrines are located outside the building. Upon visiting the temple complex one see devotees going from one shrine to the other and offer prayers to the god. Various animals are also seen roaming inside the temple premises. One can see cows and goats in one corner of the temple complex and a camel behind the complex too.