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Kamakhya Devi Temple  |  Navagraha Temple    |   Umananda Temple  |   Sukresvara Temple   |   Ugra Tara    |   Basistha Ashram  |   Aswaklanta    |   Doul Gobinda Mandir     |    Sidheswar Devalaya   |     Dhareswar Devalaya    |     Bhringeswar Devalaya   |   Agnibareswar Mandir   |   Dirgheswari Temple   |   Balaji Temple    |    Hayagriva-Madhab Temple    |   Sri Surya Pahar Temple  |    Bagheswari Temple  |      Kachaikhanti Temple  |  DahParbatia Temple   |   Mahabhairab Temple    |    Haleswar Temple  |      Rudrapada Temple   |   Tilinga Mandir   |   Siva Mandir  |  Deopahar Temple  |   Pari Hareswar Devalaya, DUBI    |   Parashuram Kunda

 

Temples of Assam

 

  Lying along the foothills of the Himalayas, Assam's history dates back to the Vedic Age Trantrik Shaktism, Saivism and, later, Vaishanvism flourished in the Brahmaputra Valley. The invasions by the Mughals introduced the state to Islam. Muslims of different sects came and stayed back, assimilating with the Assamese society. Sikhs from Punjab came to do business but became an integral part of the society. Sikhism found fertile ground in the state. Buddhist communities like the Khamanas, the Aitons and the Phakes of Siamese Chinese origin have contributed to the cause of Buddhism in the State.

 Mahapurusha Sankardev, along with his disciple Madhabdev, introduced the Vaishnavite culture in Assam, which was led to a renaissance with multiple dimensions– spiritual, social, humanistic, artistic and literary. The 19th Century saw the entry of the British to Assam. Christian Missionaries soon followed and preached Christianity and Churches mushroomed.

 With a population consisting people from such varied, it is inevitable that a large number of places of Worship are established. The widespread natural calamities led to the destruction of many ancient temples and monuments. However, the remains are scattered in places like:

  • Mornoi in Goalpara District
  • Madan Kamdev in Kamrup District
  • Tezpur and Singri in Sonitpur District
  • Deopani and Numaligarh in Golaghat District

These are testimonies of the grand architecture of the bygone era. Important remains of temples and monuments have also been found at Jogijan and Dabaka in Nagaon District, Sri Surya Pahar in Goalpara District, Soalkuchi and Ambari (Guwahati) in Kamrup District.

So many temples and monuments were built in Assam that a large number still exists despite the calamities. Most of the architecture are from the medieval period and reflects the style of the Koch, Kachari and Ahoms. The important monuments are:

  • MaibongStone Temple
  • Khaspur ruins
  • The Sivadol, Vishnudol, Devidol and other temples in and around Sivasagar
  • The royal palaces (Gargaon Palace, Kareng Ghar, Talatal Ghar) in Sivasagar
  • The Pavilion (Ronghar) and
  • The Maidans (Vault) at Charaideo

Innumerable places of worship are spread across the state. Amongst the most important ones are:-

 

 

Kamakhya Devi Temple

 

  Revered as one of the few Shakti Peethams in the country, the Kamakhya Temple is situated atop the Nilachal Hills or Kamagiri by the Brahmaputra in Guwahati. ‘Shakti Peetham' is associated with the legend of Shiva and the Daksha Yagna and the temple is amongst the most venerated Shakti Shrines in India. Kamakhya is known to be the ‘granter of desires'. It finds mention in the inscription of Allahabad Pillar erected by Emperor Samadragupta. During the Ambubachi Mela and Manasa Puja, thousands of devotees from all over India visit the temple.

Tantrik practices and Shakti worship have been a part of the ancient Assamese tradition. Assam was known as ‘Kamarupa Desa'. The Kamakhya Temple was destroyed in the 16th century and was rebuilt in the 17th century by King Nara Narayana of Cooch Bihar. Images of the builder and inscriptions are seen in the temple. The Kalika Purana, an ancient work in Sanskrit, describes Kamakhya as the yielder of all desires, the young bride of Lord Siva and the provider of salvation. Legend has it that following the destruction of Daksha's sacrifice and the Rudra Tandava of Siva, parts of Goddess Shakti's body fell at several places throughout India and these places are regarded as Shakti Peethas. The reproductive organ of Shakti (the Yoni) is said to have fallen here.

Legend also has it that Shakti, the mother Goddess, challenged the supreme creative power of Lord Brahma and that Brahma could thereafter create only with the blessings of Yoni, as the sole creative principle. After much penance, Brahma brought down a luminous body of light from space and placed it within the Yoni circle, which was created by the Goddess and placed at Kamarupa. The temple has a beehive-like shikhara. Some of the sculptured panels seen here include images of Ganesha, Chamundeshwari and other dancing figures. There is no image of Shakti here. Within a corner of a cave in the temple, there is a sculptured image of the Yoni of the Goddess, which is the object of reverence. A natural spring keeps the stone moist. Other temples on the Nilachal Hills include those of Tara, Bhairavi, Bhuvaneswari and Ghantakarna.

the Website of this temple is http://www.kamakhyatemple.org/

For accommodation  
Prashaanti Tourist Lodges, Station Road, Guwahati, Ph: 0361-2544475.
Prashaanti Tourist Lodges, Kamakhya, Guwahati, Ph: 91-9435042063

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Navagraha Temple

             

 

The Navagraha Temple or the temple of the nine planets is located on the Citrasaala Hills in the heart of Guwahati. It is a centre of astrological research. As in other parts of India, Sun worship has been a ritual since ancient times in Assam.

 Assam has also been referred to as Pragjyotishpura in various contexts. According to the Kalika Purana written in the 10th Century B.C., Brahma created Pragjyotishpura as a city equal to the city of Indra – the King of the Devas. The word ‘prag' refers to the eastern region and ‘jyotisha' refers to star-astrology. Pragjyotisha is said to mean, ‘eastern city of astrology'.

For refreshment, Tourists can visit
 Prashaanti Yatri Niwas and Restaurant, Navagraha, Guwahati Ph: 91-9464083579

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Umananda Temple

   

 

 

This hallowed Siva temple is located on the ‘peacock island' (as named by some poetic British Administrator).known as the Urvashi Island in the middle of the river Brahmaputra near Guwahati. Large numbers of devotees visit the temple on the occasion of Siva Ratri. A special puja is observed here on the Amavasya day when it falls on a Monday. The Umananda temple is atop the Bhasmachal Hill or the Hill of ashes. The hill is said to symbolise the site where Siva burnt Kama - the God of Love, to ashes with his third eye.

On the Urvashi Island is located the Urvashi Kund where it is believed that Urvashi, the celestial damsel, brings nectar for the enjoyment of Kamakhya. Siva-Umananda or Bhayananda are worshipped on full moon days, especially on Mondays. The Siva Chaturdasi is also celebrated here. The temple was built in 1694 A.D by Gadadhar Singha.

The Legend Says Siva is said to have resided here in the form of Bhayananda. According to the Kalika Purana, in the beginning of the creation Siva sprinkled ashes (bhasma) at this place and imparted knowledge to Parvati (his consort).It is said that, when Siva was in meditation on this hillock, Kamadeva interrupted his yoga and was therefore burnt to ashes by the fire of Siva's anger and hence the hillock got the name Bhasmacala.This mountain is also called Bhasmakuta.

Country boats that are available at this place take the visitors to the island. The mountain on which the temple has been built is known as Bhasmacala..

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Sukresvara Temple

Sukresvara temple is located in the heart of Guwahati on the bank of the river Brahmaputra. The Kalika Purana refers to the hillock on which the temple is built as ‘Hasti' and describes it as the asrama (hermitage) of the sage Sukra.

For refreshments one can visit -  
Sukreswar Ghat Udyan, Guwahati, Ph: 91-9835100580

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Ugra Tara

The temple of Ugra Tara at Uzan Bazaar in the eastern part of Guwahati is an important Sakta Shrine. Ugra Tara was worshipped according to ‘Vama cara' rites. This was because of a curse given to her by sage Vasistha.

 

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Basistha Ashram

Established by the great Sage Basistha on Sandhya Chal Hills in Guwahati, this is an important place of pilgrimage. Three rivulets – Sandhya, Lalita and Kanta, meet here and lend the Ashram a unique and picturesque charm. The devalaya was established by the Ahom king Rajeswar Singha (1751-1769 A.D).

Legends relate this holy place to the great Brahmanical sage Basistha who came to ancient Kamrupa with the Varah incarnation of Lord Vishnu and Naraka to establish Aryan civilization in the region by killing the Danava king Ghatak Kirata. Naraka killed Ghatak in a fierce duel and established the Naraka or Bhaumaya dynasty upon the throne of Kamrupa. The story is related to the establishment of an Aryan or Aryanized kingdom in Kamarupa.Basistha Ashram is situated 10 miles away from the heart of the Guwahati City and can be reached by bus.

 

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Aswaklanta

This famous Hindu temple was constructed by king Siva Singha in 1720 A.D. situated on the bank of the river Brahmaputra, North Guwahati. It consists of two big temples. It is said that Lord Krishna, while on his mission to annihilate Narakasura, stopped here as his horse was tired. There are also some other stories regarding the horse that was attacked near this temple and that its name should have been ‘Aswakranta' and not ‘Aswaklanta'. There was earlier a ‘Kunda', a place of sacrifice near the temple – this has since disappeared, perhaps eroded by the river Brahamputra. Inside this temple, there are two images – one of ‘Janardana' and the other of ‘Anantasai' Vishnu. The latter is a fine specimen of eleventh century sculpture. There is one stone inscription on the body of the temple located at north Guwahati. The shrine in the temples is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Ideally located on the bank of the river, it is linked by regular ferry services with the south bank. It can be reached by road across the Saraighat Bridge.

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Doul Gobinda Mandir

The Doul Gobinda Mandir is located on the north bank of the mighty river Brahmaputra. It is a place of historic importance. Temples and shrines, copper plates and rock inscriptions are scattered around north Guwahati, and suggest a glorious heritage. The holy Doul Gobinda Mandir is perfectly placed at the beautiful foot hills of Chandrabharati hill at Rajaduar, a place of the east of North Guwahati and this natural ambience heightens the sanctity of this place of worship.‘Doul Utsav' – the festival of colours, is observed here every year with much fervour and fan fare.

Everyday hundreds of pilgrims assemble here particularly during the month of Magha and especially on the auspicious full moon day. Doul Gobinda Mandir has two idols i.e. of Lord Shyamaray and Lord Gobinda. But, most of the devotees offer their prayers mainly to the Lord Gobinda.

The Doul Gobinda Mandir can be reached by regular ferry services from the south bank. It can be also be accessed by road across the Saraighat Bridge.

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Sidheswar Devalaya

This temple was built by the Ahom king Siva Singha. The temple is situated near Sualkuchi. The Lord Siva is worshipped here. Sidheswar Devalaya is nearly 32 km from Guwahati and can be reached by road.

 

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Dhareswar Devalaya

This devalaya is situated on a hillock known as Hatimara hill. The Dhareswar devalaya was probably constructed by Siva Singha on an old shrine of Siva and demarcation of the boundaries was done by donating land in 1660 (Saka).

Siva Ratri and Doul Utsava are organized every year with much fanfare. It is believed that the wishes of worshipers come true in this place.

 

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Bhringeswar Devalaya

Bhringeswar means ‘Siva'. The people worshipped Siva on the Gandhamoan hills nearby Hajo. This devalaya was also probably constructed by Siva Singha.The main place of worship here is a big turtle shaped stone representing Lord Siva. This is the oldest place of worship in the whole area. This ‘stone-God' remains submerged in the water tank for five to six months. There is a narrow path that leads to the Idol. The main shrines in the devalaya house a bell-metal Siva with five faces and Parbati on his lap, Kubera (God of riches), Dasabhuja Durga, Lakhmi-Narayan, Vishnu and Siva Linga – all reigning deities of the temple. On the way to the main shrine, there is a stone-cut Ganesha in this temple. The most special feature of this temple is that both vegetarian and non-vegetarian sacrifices are offered here.

The temple is 32 kms from Guwahati and can be reached by buses or private cars.

 

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Agnibareswar Mandir

Nearly fourteen kilometers from Hajo in the Eastern side there is the ancient Agnibareswar temple. This ‘Agni Pahar' is popularly known as Agiathuri. The devalaya has a Siva Linga Peetha.In mythology, this temple was established by the legendary king of Sonitpur, Bana in the period of Narakasura. The stone image of God Siva was worshipped by the indigenous people even before the advent of the Aryans. The myth relates the devalaya to Bana, who was a great Saivite and influenced Narakasura to repulse outside influences. Later on, he was defeated by Krishna in the great Hari-Hara battle. The main festivals of this devalaya are Sivaratri and Doul Utsava. On Sivaratri, non-vegetarian offerings are also made. This temple is 46 kms from Guwahati and can be reached by bus.

 

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Dirgheswari Temple

The Dirgheswari temple is located on the north bank of the mighty river Brahmaputra. It is a place of historic importance. This place can be reached by boat from the south bank or by road across the Saraighat Bridge.

 

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Balaji Temple

  This is perhaps the newest built temples in Assam. Tirupati Balaji is a magnificent temple at Lokhra, near Guwahati, in Assam. It is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara. This white temple is a holy place for the pilgrims from the north-east. The sanctums of Lord Ganesh, Lord Balaji and Goddess Durga can also be seen here.

           The architecture of this temple is unique, and takes after the South Indian temples. The temple looks very beautiful in the evening .A very beautiful park is attached to the temple where the visitors can enjoy the view, especially in the evenings.

The temple authorities arrange buses on Sundays from 7:00 hrs to 20:00 hrs. It is 11 km from Guwahati.

 

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Hayagriva-Madhab Temple

The Hayagriva Madhab Mandir is situated on the Monikut hill near Hajo of Kamrup district. It is known that the temple was constructed by the King Raghu Deva Narayan in 1583. According to some scholars, the King of the Pala dynasty constructed it in 6th century. It is a stone temple and it enshrines an image of Hayagriva Madhab. The rows of elephants seen on the body of the temple are fine specimens of Assamese art. There is a big pond known as Madhab Pukhuri near the temple. Doul, Bihu and Janmashtami festivals are celebrated every year in the temple. Moreover this temple preaches both Hinduism and Buddhism, which attracts Buddhist Monks from far flung places. The original building is believed to belong to the Chaitya Buddhists. A number of stone images and some other remarkable pieces of architecture, (some are said to be part of an Ashokan Pillar) lie scattered around the temple. Adjacent to the main temple there is Doula Griha constructed by the Ahom king Pramatta Singha. There are five images viz, the Burha Madhava, Hayagrib Madhava, Calanta-Madhava, Vasudeva and Garuda in the Garbhagriha of the temple. The temple of Hayagriva-Madhab is regarded by the Buddhists as one of the most holy places for Buddhism. Many scholars believe that the Buddha attained his ‘Mohaparinirvana' somewhere in Hajo. Every year, Buddhist pilgrims from different parts of the world visit this place. Both Hindus and Buddhists offer worship in the temple according to their customs. Some other important Hindu temples are Kedareswara, Kameswara, Kamaleswara and Ganesha. These five temples are known as the ‘Pancha-Tirtha'.  This temple is located 32 kms from Guwahati and is accessible by bus.

For information and accommodation please visit Yatri Niwas and Restaurant, Hajo.

 

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Sri Surya Pahar Temple

Literally an art gallery of sculptures, Surya Pahar (Hill of the Sun) is dotted with ruins of several old temples. A modern Sun Temple is also situated on the hill. Sun worship, as in other parts of India, goes back to ancient times in Assam. Assam has often been referred to as Pragjyotishpura. According to the Kalika Purana written in the 10th Century B.C., Brahma created Pragjyotishpura as a city equal to the city of Indra – the King of the Devas. The word ‘prag' refers to the ‘east' and ‘jyotisha' refers to star-astrology. Pragjyotisha is thus said to mean, ‘eastern city of astrology'. 
The Surya Pahar is an ancient Sun Worship Centre. It is best known for the confluence of three religions, viz., Jainism, Buddhism and Hinduism. It is a treasure trove of ancient monuments that surround the temple. Local legend has it that around 1, 00,000 Sivalingas were spread out on the hillside, but due to neglect and pilferage, not many remain. The hill is also an attraction for wildlife and adventure enthusiasts as it is home to rare primates and innumerable species of medicinal plants, many of which are yet to be identified. There are also opportunities for rock climbing and trekking.

Recent archaeological finds indicate that an ancient civilisation flourished in and around Surya Pahar. The accounts of Huien Tsang, the famous Chinese traveller, and the unearthed relics augment the claim that it was Sri Surya Pahar, and not Guwahati, that was Pragjyotishpur – the capital of the King Bhaskarbarman. Findings at the nearby site of Pagletek have further boosted the basis for such claim.

The name, Surya Pahar, implies an association with the cult of Sun Worship. The Kalika Purana refers to the two seats of Sun Worship in Assam and Sri Surya Pahar is one of them. A curved stone tablet, four and a half inches in circumference, is housed in the Surya Temple and is worshipped as the Sun. Carved images representing various celestial bodies are engraved upon the tablet. The central figure is enclosed in an inner circle surrounded by 12 miniature figures in a seated posture. The central figure is that of Kasyapa muni (also considered as ‘Prajapati' or the creator). The 12 miniature figures on the outer circle are ‘Adityas' and are seated on lotus petals. Each Aditya depicts the twelve solar divinities of Dharti, Mitra, Aryaman, Rudra, Varuna, Surya, Bhaga, Vivashan, Pushan, Savitri, Tvastri and Vishnu. Others from the Brahmanical pantheon in Sri Surya Pahar include the twelve armed image covered with a seven hooded canopy, and standing erect on a lotus, worshipped as Dasabhuja Durga. However, some scholars argue that this is a likeness of Manasa. Other notable remains include Ganesha, Harihara, Sivalingas, and Vishnupadas etc.

Jain figures include one of the first Tirthankara, Adinath, carved in sitting posture in the rocky outcrop with two bulls at the base. It is believed to be of the 9th century A.D.

Also found are 25 votive stupas of different sizes on the southern fringes of Surya Pahar. The stupas bear testimony for the Buddhist influence in Kamarupa. The designs of the stupas are of the early Hinayana stage of influence, which is much earlier to the Mahayana and Vajrayana esotericism seen in Bihar and Bengal. This stands as evidence for the earlier influence of Buddhism here than elsewhere in the country.

Sri Surya Pahar is 7 miles away from Goalpara. Dekhdhowa is 4 kms away from Surjya Pahar towards Goalpara town. This place is also known as PAHARSHING PARA. It is a beautiful place on the bank of the river Brahmaputra with a fire teak plantation. From Dekhdhowa, one can visit Sri Sri Surjya pahar, Goalpara town, Raikhashini Pahar and Nandeswar Devalaya. The Sainik School, Goalpara is only 5 kms away from Dekhdhowa.

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Bagheswari Temple

The Bhageswari Hill is the site for the ancient Siva temple inside a stone cave flanked on either side by another two temples: the Bhageswari temple and Baba Tarak Nath temple. Every year 15 to 20 thousand devotees visit the two shrines. The hill is located almost in the middle of Bongaigaon town.

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Kachaikhanti Temple

 

Like all other deities, Kachaikhanti too has a legend behind her. It is said that she was floating in the river Dibrong in the form of a stone, when king Bhismaka of Kundil happened to see her. He ordered his subjects to lift it from the river - but no one could move it. At last it was left to four Chutias to accomplish the task. They placed her in the Tamreswari temple with royal honour. All religious activities here were performed under those four Chutias.

According to other narratives, Kachaikhanti was formerly known as Kamakhya. According to scholars, the Goddess worshipped here is the ‘yoni'. Sacrifices were also made to propitiate the divinity. It is believed that Kachaikhanti consumes raw blood and flesh as her name suggests. Earlier, animal and human beings were sacrificed for the well-being of the nation. But human sacrifice was stopped by the Ahom king Gaurinath Singha. The people, (especially the Deoris) believe that this was reason behind the decline of the Ahom kingdom.

The Kachikhanti temple is situated 7- km away from Silchar.

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DahParbatia Temple

The ruins of the door frame of Dah Parbatia temple situated a few kilometers away from Sonitpur (Tezpur), is perhaps the finest and oldest specimen of the sculptural art in Assam. Its carving is characteristic of the early Gupta School of sculpture.  The doors depict two Goddesses – Ganga and Yamuna standing in artistic and elegant poses and decorated with ornamental foliage.

For information and accommodation please visit
Prashaanti Tourist Lodges, Jenkins Road, Tezpur, Ph: 03712-221016

 

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Mahabhairab Temple

 

The ancient temple of Mahabhairab stands to the north of Sonitpur (Tezpur) town. This temple is believed to have been established by king Bana with a Siva lingam. Formerly, it was built out of stone but the present one is made of concrete. During the later years, the Ahom   kings donated land for the temple's welfare, and Pujaris and Paiks were appointed to look after the temple. The responsibility of management was in the hands of a Bordoloi or Borthakur. But now, the affairs of the temple are managed by the Government through a managing committee headed by Deputy Commissioner. Sivaratri is the largest festival celebrated in the Temple and celebrations are organized with great pomp and festivity.

For information and accommodation please visit -

Prashaanti Tourist Lodges, Jenkins Road, Tezpur, Ph: 03712-221016

 

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Haleswar Temple

This is the oldest temple built by the Mlecha king who established the capital of Kamrupa at Harupeswar. The temple of Harupeswar is a temple dedicated to Siva. It is 10 km to the north of Sonitpur (Tezpur). A linga was found by a cultivator (Hallowa) while he was ploughing in the field. A temple was constructed initially on this linga and the name Haleswar comes from Hallowa. Later, the Ahom King Rudra Singha constructed the temple in 1705 AD.

For information and accommodation please visit
Prashaanti Tourist Lodges, Jenkins Road, Tezpur, Ph: 03712-221016

 

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Rudrapada Temple

To the east of Sonitpur (Tezpur) town on the bank of river Brahmaputra we can see the Rudrapada temple. It is believed that Rudra (Lord Siva) had left the print of his left foot (pada) on a stone found in the temple. It is believed that Mahadeva showed his real self to King Bana. Rudrapada temple was later built by Siva Singha in the year 1730 A.D. The main temple was destroyed due to erosion caused by the river Brahmaputra.
For information and accommodation please visit
Prashaanti Tourist Lodges, Jenkins Road, Tezpur, Ph: 03712-221016

 

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Tilinga Mandir

  This Siva Temple, famous as ‘Tilinga Mandir' nestles at Bordubi, a small town in Tinsukia District of Assam. It is 7 kms from the oil township of Duliajan. Tilinga means "bell" in Assamese and Mandir means "temple". This bell temple is as spiritually and mystically strong as any other temple in Assam. There are hundreds and thousands of bells of all sizes in bronze, brass, copper and aluminum that are tied to the big peepal tree and on its various branches.There are more than a hundred Siva tridents carelessly speared into the sand here and there. Most of them are packed together in one place, a few feet away from the mystical tree.

According to Dhananjay Pande, the priest of the Tilinga Mandir, these tridents were left by the ascetic devotees of Lord Siva who rest under the tree while on their pilgrimage. As they rested under this Peepal tree, they feel a unique spiritual presence and they left their tridents behind as a testament to this mysterious encounter.

Long ago, one such ascetic unearthed a naturally formed black rock in the shape of a Siva linga, nestled among the roots of the tree. When news of the discovery got around, people started coming in to worship the same. The fame of this temple with all its mysterious power spread far and wide when the pilgrims discovered that their wishes and prayers under the tree actually came true. In the beginning, devotees would express their gratitude by returning to hang a bell on the tree after their wishes had been fulfilled. Eventually, however, the custom changed and pilgrims began to tie bells as they said their prayers and made their wishes.

As narrated by the priest, about 65 years ago, on the advice of the village elders, the owner of the land upon which the Peepal tree is located donated the land. Since then hundreds and thousands of devotees have come with hopes, prayers and bells. But even today, the silence and stillness of the magic temple is broken only by the chanting of mantras, fluttering of the birds and the tinkling of the numerous bells that hang from its branches.

No one who has visited the Tilinga Mandir can deny the strong, unique and divine feeling that one experiences. Tilinga Mandir is accessible from Duliajan by bus.

 

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Siva Mandir

  This Siva temple was built  by Susengfa in Dergaon. This temple has a three feet high Siva Linga. Many devotees gather here to offer prayers; numerous marriages are also performed here. This temple can be reached by road from Jorhat.

 

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Deopahar Temple

The Deopahar temple is situated a few kilometers away from Numaligarh. Surrounding the area are many natural bee-hives on trees. These trees are so high that no humans can tamper with the hives. Some years back, three German scientists collected information to research on this topic, and had made some interesting findings. This temple can be reached from Jorhat by road.

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Pari Hareswar Devalaya, DUBI

This Siva Temple was founded way back in the ancient period. Located at Dubi near Pathsala in the Bajali Sub-Division, the Ahom King Siva Singha made land grants measuring about 760 Puras that was recorded in Copper-Plate inscriptions and donated an image of Goddess Durga. There is a legend that Queen Phuleswari, the wife of Siva Singha, was instrumental in bringing "Devadasis" or Temple dancers from Upper Assam to perform dances for amusement of the deities of this Temple. The famous dance form "Devadasi-Nritya" is said to have originated in this Temple.

 

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Parashuram Kunda

Parashuram Kund is located 13 miles north-east of Tezu, the District headquarters of the Lohit district – it is a growing town, famous for its scenic beauty. Thousand of pilgrims visit this place from all parts of India every year during Parashuram mela held in the month of January

 Parashuram Kunda is situated in Sadiya (Assam-Arunachal border) and is a famous religious place well-loved for its scenic beauty. It is located just below the greenery of the lofty eastern Himalayan hills and beside the tri-juncture of Dihong, Dibong and Dihing.

It is believed that all sins are washed away after a holy bath taken in this Kunda.  It is also believed through the ages that the great Parashuram (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu) washed his infamous axe after killing his mother. After this, the Kunda came to be known as Parasuram Kunda. This place is regarded as a holy place by the Hindus.

By road it can be reached from Tinsukia. The nearest airport is Mohanbari (Dibrugarh), and the nearest railway station is Tinsukia.  Best time to visit is from November to February

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