Madan Kamdev Temple
At a distance of 37 km from Guwahati Railway Station, Madan Kamdev is an archaeological site located at Baihata Chairali in Kamrup district of Assam. Also known as Mini Khajuraho of Assam, it is one of the popular places of heritage in Assam and among the must visit Guwahati Tourist Places.
Scattered on Dewangiri hillock, Madan Kamdev is famous for its impressive archaeological ruins and stone sculptures. The exact history of the origin of the temples is not known, but it has been estimated that the temple complex was built in 9th-10th century during Pal dynasty of Kamarupa. People were not aware of Madan Kamdev till 1970 because the ruins were hidden in the trees and bushes of the thick forest. It was in the year 1977, an excavation project conducted by the Indian Archaeological Department led to the discovery of the ruins of the temple. The ASI took over the charge of conservation of the temple in 1986.
Spreads over a length of half a kilometer, Madan Kamadev complex has ruins of 13 temples. Madan Kamdev Temple is the main temple, which displayed a sculpture of Lord Shiva with his consort Parvati. The sculptures in the temples portray expressions of erotic acts which can be seen only in the famous Khajuraho temples of Madhya Pradesh. Some interesting sculptures seen here are the four-headed Shiva, six-sided Bhairav, serpents, demons, men, women and animals in erotic postures. There is an old temple of Shiva called Gopeshpur Temple nearby, which is also worth a visit.
Tourists need to climb few stairs from the parking area to reach the temple. There are no direct buses to reach the temple from Guwahati. But, there are frequent buses from Guwahati to Baihata Chairali and one need to hire auto or taxi to reach the temple.
Timings: 9 AM - 5 PM