Hajo is an important religious destination of Assam. Hajo sees a unique confluence of the three most important religions of the world – Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam,which is an important aspect as well of Hajo tourism. There are several temples dedicated to Hindu gods and goddess, Lord Buddha and shrines of important Muslim saints. Its proximity to the Assam capital makes it accessible and hugely popular. The small town lies on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra in the Kamrup district of Assam.
There are many varying opinions about the history of Hajo. It is believed that this small town was the capital of the Koch dynasty which later came under the rule of the Mughals. Over centuries, Hajo has been known by different names. If in the 11th century it was known as Apurnabhava and Manikuta, in the 18th Century it was called Manikutgram. On the other hand, the Buddhists believe that it was at Hajo that Lord Buddha attained nirvana.
One of the most notable temples of Hajo is the Hayagriva Madhava Temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The Muslims visit Hajo to pay obeisance at the Poa Mecca. Other places of interest at Hajo include the Ganesh temple, Kedareshwar Temple, Kamesware Temple, Dhoparguri Satra and Joy Durga Temple. These places form the important aspects of Hajo tourism.
Hajo is located about 25 kilometres west of Guwahati. Regular bus service is available from Guwahati for Hajo.
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Hajo witnesses extreme weather with hot summers and increased humidity during the summers and temperate winters. The autumn months are the best time to visit Hajo.