Temples, Shrines And Spiritual Places Across Assam
Assam is known for its rich heritage, exotic traditional culture, beautiful landscape, picturesque tea gardens, diverse Flora and Fauna and serine river valleys. Guwahati, also known as gateway to the North-east, is the largest city, and Dispur, the capital of Assam is located within Guwahati. The state of Assam is dotted with many places of spiritual and religious interest that attract tourists from across the world.
Kamakhya Mandir is one of the most divine destination located on the Nilachal hill in the capital city of Guwahati. It is one of the the 51 Shakti Pithas of Devi Sati, and attracts thousands of devotees every day. The Bagheswari Mandir dedicated to Goddess Bagheswari, is another Shakti Pith, located in the southern part of Bongaigaon city of Assam.
The Sukreswar Mandir constructed in the 18th century, is a famous Shiva temple located on the Sukreswar hill on the south bank of river Brahmaputra. The Asvakranta Mandir located in the North of Guwahati is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The locals believe that those who commit sins can attain salvation upon visit to this temple. The main attraction of this temple is the idol statue of Lord Brahma, seated on a lotus, coming out from the naval of Lord Vishnu.
Jain Temples in Assam are famous pilgrimage centers, which makes them special and spiritual. The Shri Suryapahad Digambar Jain Atishay kshetra located in Goalpara Assam has many carved Jain idols which are worshipped like spiritual Devi and Devatas. It is said that in 1975 A.D, idols of Lord Adinatha and Padmaprabhu were found in one of the caves of Surya Pahad.
Centuries ago, Assam was the seedbed of Buddhism. The ancient shrines which are still found and worshipped in Assam, proves that Buddhism was once a glorified religion here. Hayagriva Madhava temple situated on the Monikut hill, in Hajo, Kamrup District is considered to be a pilgrimage place, revered by Hindu as well as Buddhist devotees, who believe Gautama Buddha attained nirvana in this place. It is believed that the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, Padmasambhava, died in Hajo, a small town twenty eight kms away from Guwahati.
Guru Nanak Dev, the first Sikh guru, visited this place in 1505 A.D and met Srimanta Sankardeva, a famous a saint and a scholar on his way when he traveled from Dhaka to Assam. Later, during the 17th century, the 9th Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur came to this place and established the Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Gurdwara located in Dhubri town on the bank of river Brahmaputra.
The state of Assam has three principal physical regions – the Brahmaputra River valley in the north, the Barak River valley in the south, and the hilly region between the neighbouring states of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Manipur. According to legends and some ancient scriptures, the Brahmaputra rises as the son of the Supreme God Brahma, from a sacred pool known as the ‘Brahmakund’ in the neighbouring state of Arunachal Pradesh.
Assam is not only famous for its beautiful landscape and temples, but also for its culture and crafts. Sualkuchi a small village of Assam, exhibits the tradition of Assam which attracts many. Known as the sleepy village, it is blessed with skilful weavers and craftsmen. To experience the best of Assam and indulge in its spirituality like never before, set off on a tour of the famous temples of Assam.