18 Hindu Temples to explore in Assam
Assam is a state in northeastern India, situated south of the eastern Himalayas along the Brahmaputra and Barak River valleys. Assam covers an area of 78,438 km2. The state is bordered by Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh to the north; Nagaland and Manipur to the east; Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram and Bangladesh to the south; and West Bengal to the west via the Siliguri Corridor, a 22 kilometres strip of land that connects the state to the rest of India
Basistha Temple, also known as Vasistha Temple, is located in Beltola, a town located in the outskirts of central Guwahati city, Assam. This temple was built in 1764 AD by Ahom King, Rajeswar Singha. This temple is located within the Basistha Ashram which showcases the history of the Vedic age. Bahini River, also known as Bharalu River and Basistha River flow through the ashram and the temple, it was named after Saint Basistha. There is a waterfall and a meditation cave nearby.
Bhairabi temple stands on the outskirts of Tezpur, in Sonitpur district of Assam. The temple is devoted to the goddess, Bhairabi. Among the locals, goddess is famously known by the name of Maithan and Bhairabi Devalaya. Bhairabi Temple is a revered siddha pitha where people offer the prayers to the goddess and seek her blessings. Here, goddess Bhairabi is worshipped as Mahavidyas of Ma Durga Devi. Bhairabi temple is a very important and sacred Shakti Peeth of Assam.
Bordowa or Bordowa Satra is a shrine, a centre of art and culture and is the birthplace of a great litterateur, artist, dramatist and founder of Vaishnav dharma in Assam. The Bordowa Satra is founded by great saint Sankardeva after his return from his first pilgrimage in about 1494 A.D. This pious pilgrimage or shrine is itself a popular place to visit.
Established by saint cum reformer Madhavdeva, Dhekiakhowa Bornamghar is a famous namghar in Jorhat district of Assam. It was established in the year 1461, he kindled an earthen lamp and it has been burning till today, with the help of the priests who religiously refuel it, as and when required. It has a large campus and is one of the oldest namghars in the Assam. Namghar literally meaning Name House, which is associated with a religion named Ekasarana in the state of Assam.
Gorokhia Gosair Than is located at Niz Sariha in Sorbhog. Covering an area of around 25 bighas, the Than is believed to be found by cowherds, also known as Gorokhias. Shri Narayan Das Thakur Ata, a disciple of Shrimanta Sankardeva, visited the site while offering preaching to natives residing in the adjoining areas.
The Hatimura Temple is a shakti temple, located at Silghat, Nagaon district of Assam. It was built during the reign of Ahom king Pramatta Singha in 1667 Sakabda . It used to be an important center of Shaktism in ancient Assam. The presiding goddess is Durga which is known here as Mahisamardini. Human sacrifice was said to be made at the temple's altars.
Kamakhya temple also known as Kamrup-Kamakhya temple, Kamakhya Devalaya is a Hindu temple dedicated to the mother goddess Kamakhya. It is one of the oldest of the 51 Shakti Pithas. Situated on the Nilachal Hill in the western part of Guwahati city in Assam, India, it is the main temple in a complex of individual temples dedicated to the ten Mahavidyas of Saktism: Kali, Tara, Sodashi, Bhuvaneshwari, Bhairavi, Chhinnamasta, Dhumavati, Bagalamukhi, Matangi and Kamalatmika.
Mahabhairav Temple is located at a hillock on the northern part of Tezpur town, Assam. This temple is believed to have been established by king Bana in the pre-historical times. This Shiva temple was originally built of stone but the present one was renovated and built with concrete. During the Ahom rule, the kings especially of the Tungkhungiya dynasty donated large area of Devotee land to the Temple and appointed pujaris, Paiks to look after the temple
This religious destination is located about 42 km away from the district towards the north eastern direction. This place of worship had been built in dedication to Goddess Malini who had been worshiped here since the ancient times. Being a famous pilgrimage site amidst the hilly ranges of Arunachal Pradesh it is flocked by many devotees and pilgrims almost all round the year. Many archaeological excavations have been carried out in this spot .
Nagsankar Mandir is situated east of Tezpur , a place called Chatia, new Biswanath Chariali. The exact history of the temple is not definite. It was built around 4th century AD. According to one belief, the temple was built by a King called Nag Sankar from the Lohitya dynasty in the late 4th century. The temple has a large pond by it. The pond is home to large varieties of turtles and large fish. Some turtles are believed to be hundreds of years old.
One of the major attractions for tourists as well as the devotees of Lord Krishna, Hari Mandir is situated at the heart of Nalbari town. Established in the year 1965, this temple is built on the land donated by Rambahadur Pratap Narayan Choudhury. The temple witnesses a huge crowd of pilgrims during a celebration of festival of Raas Mahotsav. The festival is held annually during the month of November and goes up to 15 days drawing the pilgrims from all over the country.
The Navagraha Temple, or the temple of the nine celestial bodies, is situated on a hill named Chitrachal in the southeastern part of the city of Guwahati. It is also known as the abode of one of the most important celestial bodies, the sun. In the temple, there are 9 phallic emblems of Lord Shiva, each clad in a different colored cloth representing Surya, Chandra, Mangala, Budha, Brihaspati, Shukra, Shani, Rahu, and Ketu.
Radha Krishna Mandir is located on the northeastern side of the city of Dibrugarh in Assam, at a distance of 5 kms from the city center. The main temple is housed on the first floor of the sanctum. The priests are quite helpful in aiding you perform your prayers. The temple is built in quite a spacious area. There is a serenity that you will experience in the temple. Radha Krishna Mandir can be visited during timings 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM. It is open on all days of the year.
Sukapha Samannay Kshetra in a dedication worked in the memory of Sukapha, the principal Ahom lord of Assam. The Sukapha Samannay Kshetra is arranged close Mohbandha close Jorhat and Dergaon. Sukapha was the organizer of the Ahom kingdom which kept on existing for almost six hundred years.
Tilinga Mandir or Bell temple is situated in the small town of Bordubi of Tinsukia district in Assam. The temple houses the deity of Lord Shiva. The Bell Temple is mystically and spiritually stronger than other temples. You will get to see hundreds and thousands of bells of all size here. The bells are made up of different metals such as bronze, brass, aluminum, copper and are tied to a huge Peepal tree. You will also find hundred Shiva tridents speared here and there in the sand carelessly.
Umananda Temple is located on Peacock Island that lies on the mighty Brahmaputra River. This serene place of worship is named after and dedicated to Lord Shiva. The name 'Umananda' comes from the two Hindi words, namely 'Uma', which was another name for Lord Shiva’s wife and 'Ananda' which means happiness. In fact, Peacock Island is one of the smallest inhabited island and possibly one of the most beautiful too.