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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the popular religious places in Guwahati?

Reema Bhalla DEC 10 2012
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Guwahati is all about the age old temples that are located in the city. Predominated by Hindu temples mostly, the city draws pilgrims from far and wide to witness the marvels of the medieval era that still exists here. Read on about the religious places in the city: 

  • Kamakhya Temple

    Kamakhya Temple is one of the most famous temples in Guwahati. Situated on Nilachal Hill, 8 km west of the city, Kamakhya temple is a mandatory stop for the pilgrims on “Tirth Yatra”. This temple is dedicated to the Mother Goddess Kamakhya, the essence of female energy. It is one of the 108 Shakti Peethas of Goddess Durga. Myth says that Kamakhya came into existence when Lord Shiva was carrying the burnt corpse of his wife Sati, and her "yoni" (female genitalia) fell to the ground at the spot where the temple now stands. The temple is a natural cave with a spring. Down a flight of steps to the bowel of earth, is located inside a dark and mysterious chamber. It indeed takes courage and devotion to be inside there! Draped in a red silk sari and covered with flowers, is the "matra yoni" placed by the water spring.

  • The temple was reconstructed after being destroyed in the 16th century by invaders. It was an ancient sacrificial site, and till today sacrifices are still very much part of worshiping here. A group of worshippers arrive every morning with goats to offer to Shakti. Durga Puja here is celebrated in a zealous manner annually in the month of September to October. This is a three day festival that attracts several visitors. There is a unique festival that is observed here with the name, Ambuvaci (Ameti), fertility festival which takes place annually here.

  • Bhuvaneswari Temple

    Perched on tip of the Nilachal hill further above the Kamakhya temple, this age old temple dedicated to Goddess Durga is located. The panoramic view of the entire city can be enjoyed from the Bhuvaneswari Temple. Since, it is also a temple dedicated to Goddess Durga the Ambubachi a fair takes place in large scale here.

  • Ugro Tara Temple

    It is another highly revered temple in the city. It is a temple dedicated to the deity Tara. In the sanctum sanatorium of the temple is just a pit of holy water and no idol of the deity. Durga puja is celebrated at a large scale in this temple with animal sacrifices and worshippings.
  • Umananda Temple

    The Umananda temple is located on a small island on the Brahmaputra river. The island is called Peacock Island and perhaps is the smallest river island in the world. To visit this place you will need to take a ferry ride from the banks. There is a small hill on the island sheltering the temple namely, Bhasmacala. Lord Shiva is said to have resided here in the avataar of Bhayananda. As per the legend goes according to an ancient purana, Kalika Purana, in the very beginning of the creation Shiva imparted knowledge to his wife Parvati on this hill and meditated here. It says that, when Lord Shiva was in meditation on this hillock. It is said that Kamadeva interrupted his yoga and was therefore burnt to ashes by the fire of Shiva’s anger and hence the hillock got the name Bhasmacala.

Most of the religious places of Guwahati are so ancient that the period of their construction are unknown. These places will have you step back in time and enjoy the marvels of the ancient times. So, once in this historic city do not miss out on visiting few religious places of Guwahati.

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