Located on the Peacock Island on the mighty Brahmaputra, the Umananda Temple is an enchanting piece of architecture that brightens the horizon of Guwahati city. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple was constructed under the Ahom king Gadadhar Singha’s rule and was constructed by Bar Phukan Garhganya Handique.
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Shivratri, in the month of February, sees scores of worshippers every year. Not only is the temple imposing and beautiful but the sight of the River Brahmaputra around the temple is breath-taking. Tourists should try visiting the temple in the evening when the sun is setting.
An interesting feature of the temple is the numerous engraving on the walls of the temple. Images of several Hindu gods such as Surya, Shiva, Ganesha and Devi are engraved on the walls of the temple. The temple can be reached only by ferries and motor launches.