The Hayagriva Madhava Temple is the most popular and most visited temple not only of Hajo but also of the region. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, and it is believed that the idol of the Hayagriva Madhava Temple resembles the idol of Lord Jagannath in Puri.
It is also believed that on this site, Lord Buddha attained Nirvana. Thus, the Hayagriva Madhava Temple sees many Buddhists along with Hindus visiting the temple every year. The major attraction of the temple is the Holi festival celebrated in the month of March. Devotees and tourists throng the temple during the Holi festival.
The other festivals which are celebrated with equal aplomb are Bihu and Janmashtami. Though it cannot be rightly said which year the temple was constructed, evidences show that in the year 1543 the Koch king Raghudev had reconstructed it after Muslims destroyed the old structure.
Powa Mecca is considered to have the sanctity found in Mecca. An important religious destination for the Muslims in the north-eastern region, the Hajo Powa Mecca is said to be built by using the soil brought from Mecca. Powa means one-fourth and thus the name Powa Mecca signifies that the mosque has one-fourth of the sanctity of Mecca, the holiest city for the Muslims.
Built in the year 1657, the mosque lies on the Garurachal hill. The mosque also houses the tomb of Pir Giasuddin Auliya, the saint responsible for spreading Islam in this part of the world. The mosque was constructed by Mir Lutufullah-i-Shiraji during the reign of Mughal emperor Shahjahan.
Every year a large number of Muslims pay homage to the tomb of Pir Giasuddin Auliya here. The Powa Mecca also witnesses tourists who come to check out the great architecture. Powa Mecca is located close to the Hayagriva Madhava Temple.
Kedareswar Temple is located high up on the hills of Madanachala, Hajo. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is regarded as one of the oldest temples in the Indian subcontinent. The temple was constructed during the reign of King Pramatta Singha in the 18th Century.
At the foot of the Kedareswar Temple lies the renowned Ganesh temple. There is a huge Shivalinga in the Kedareswar Temple which is made of stone. The Shivalinga is popularly known as the Svayambhu Linga. This form of Lord Shiva is also known by the name Ardhanariswara. The notable thing about this Shivalinga is that it is always covered by a metal bowl.
Tourists can thus easily visit both the Ganesh Temple and Kedareswar Temple at the same time while at Hajo. Kedareswar Temple is unique and its old inscriptions are worth noting. Currently, a study is being conducted on the significance of these old inscriptions.
Joy Durga Temple is a famous temple of Hajo dedicated to Goddess Durga. Built by King Lakshminath Singha around the year 1774, the temple houses a beautiful stone image of Goddess Durga at the temple altar. King Lakshminath Singha was the then ruling king of the Ahom kingdom.
Goddess Durga is regarded as one of the most ferocious yet kind goddesses of the Hindus. Mythology is filled with the stories of her bravery and how she fought against evil. The Joy Durga Temple sits as an embodiment of whatever Goddess Durga signifies.
Not only is the temple alter awe-inspiring, but everything around the temple is equally beautiful. Devotees are known to spend hours sitting on the temple stairs and basking in the glory of Nature. Since Hajo is a small town, tourists can easily visit the Joy Durga Temple while stopping over at the other religious attractions of the place.
The Dhoparguri Satra was constructed by Saint Madhavdeva, the greatest disciple of Srimanta Sankardeva. Srimanta Sankardeva had brought Vaishnavism to Assam and is regarded as the face of Assamese culture.
The Dhoparguri Satra was built in the year 1587. Originally it was just a three-room satra, but over the years, more rooms have been added to the Dhoparguri Satra. There are several holy spots in the Satra today such as the Gokrana, Vikrana and Swargdwar.
Satras which function not only as religious houses for the Assamese but also as socio-cultural institutions can be found all across Assam. In this part of Assam, the Dhoparguri Satra is one of the most revered ones.
Every year, a large number of devotees from all over Assam and also other parts of the country visit the Dhoparguri Satra. This is the only religious attraction in Hajo which follows Vaishnavism as taught by Srimanta Sankardeva.
One of the important attractions of Hajo is the Ganesh Temple. The Ganesh Temple is also known as Deva Bhavana. According to legend, it is believed that the place was once a meeting place of all deities, thus the name Deva Bhavana, meaning a place where gods and goddesses meet.
The temple is built on a giant elephant-shaped natural rock. A big image of Lord Ganesha is carved out in this elephant-shaped rock. Not only is it a place of sanctity but it is also blessed with a beautiful locale.
While at Hajo, tourists can spend a lot of time sitting quietly in one of the corners of the temple and meditate. The place is perfect for anyone searching for peace and calmness. Hajo is very near to Guwahati and tourists can easily plan a day trip to the holy city and be back by evening.