Assam is popular for its tea plantations and natural beauty. To your surprise, it has also been a major political and commercial centre in the medieval ages of India during the time of Ahom dynasty. The kings of Ahom dynasty helped a lot in the development and the prosperity of the region in and around the state.
The glorious past of the state is certainly evident in the presence of several ancient buildings, ranging from temples to auditoriums and gardens to palaces. So, how about exploring the historical beauty of Assam this season by visiting its ancient Shiva temples which were built by Ahom dynasty? Read on to know more about these ancient Shiva temples in Assam and where they are located.
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Built during the reign of Ahom King Gadadhar Singha in the 17th century, Umananda Temple is located in the midst of Brahmaputra river at Peacock Island in the beautiful city of Guwahati. Being an ancient Shiva temple, it is one of the major attractions for tourists as well as devotees throughout the year.
The spectacular views of the temple at the time of sunset is something you should look forward to. Umananda Temple is located on Bhasmacala, a small mountain of the Peacock Island.
As per legends, it is believed that Lord Shiva dwelled at this place for a short period of time in the form of Bhayananda and imparted knowledge to his consort, Goddess Parvati. It is also said that a worship at this temple brings in the quintessential happiness in the worshipper's life. Apart from visiting the temple, one can also look around and enjoy its surreal surroundings.
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Sivasagar Sivadol is one of the most popular Shiva temples in northeast India. It was built in 1734 by Bar Raja Ambika, who was the queen of Ahom dynasty. It is situated at Sivsagar on the banks of Borpukhuri Tank and is a complex of three temples, with the major sanctum dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Built in Ahom architecture, the Shivadol temple is visited by thousands of Hindu devotees every year and is surrounded by two other temples, Devidol and Visnudol, which are dedicated to Goddess Durga and Lord Vishnu respectively.
One can also visit the nearby temples dedicated to Lord Ram and Lord Hanuman. So, when the entire environment is filled with divinity, then why not take a break amid its peaceful atmosphere?
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Mahabhairav Temple is located in the Tezpur town of Assam. It is said to have been built during the 8th century by the Ahom king Banasura. It is also believed that king Banasura achieved success in life by worshipping Lord Shiva Temple.
The present structure of the temple is built out of concrete as the original stone temple was destroyed by the invaders during the middle ages. The Shivalinga placed inside the temple is built of living stones, hence, it is believed that it grows gradually over the years.
Isn't it interesting? So, how about getting yourself here and unravelling the mysteries of the temple?
Located in the Kamrup district of Guwahati, Sukreswar Temple was built by Pramatta Singha in the 18th century and is situated at Itakhuli hill on the bank of Brahmaputra river. This ancient Shiva temple is also considered as a major pilgrimage site in Shaivism.
Hence, you can see several devotees of Lord Shiva performing poojas inside the compound and on the banks of Brahmaputra river. You can also savour the beauty of its beautiful surroundings at the time of dawn and dusk when the colourful rays of the sun shine brightly over the temple.