Ugratara Temple, Guwahati

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The Ugratara Temple, also called the Ugro Tara Temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali and is located on the western side of Jor Pukhuri, Uzan Bazaar. The Ugratara Temple is one of the most important pilgrimage centres in Assam. Its central location makes it one of the most easily accessible temples in the city of Guwahati.

It is believed that Goddess Ugra Tara, another form of Parvati, resides in the temple. The sanctun sanctorum of the temple does not host the idol of the goddess. Instead a small pit containing water is considered and worshipped as the goddess. There is also a legend related to Buddhism and thus is also revered by the Buddhists.

It is an important Shakti shrine built by Ahom King Shiva Singh in 1725 AD. Much as the other monuments of Guwahati, the Ugratara Temple was also destroyed partially due to the great earthquake of 1897. Thus, the temple that is currently standing tall is a result of several modifications and renovations.

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