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Temples Of Hajo

Pilgrimage

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Distance (From Guwahati): 31 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 2 Hours

Place Location: At Hajo

Transportation Options: Bus / Cab

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 31 km from Guwahati, Hajo is an ancient pilgrimage center located on the banks of Brahmaputra Rive near Guwahati in Assam. It is one of the best places to visit near Guwahati and among the best places of Pilgrimage in Assam.

Hajo is an important religious destination for Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims. There are quite a few temples in Hajo and all enjoy the reverence of their devotees. Most famous is the Hayagriva Madhava Temple atop the Monikut hill. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Hayagriva Madhava Temple is also known for its typical architecture. It attracts both Hindus and Buddhists pilgrims. The giant ancient turtle in this temple is quite popular. Some Buddhists believe that this temple is the place where Buddha achieved nirvana. The temple is said to house Gautama Buddha's relics. Visitors need to climb a fleet of stairs to reach the temple.

Another prominent place in Hajo is the Powa Mecca mosque. According to the inscription on the wall of the mosque, it was built by Mir Lutufullah-i-Shiraji in 1657, during the period of the Mughal emperor Shahjahan. In front of the mosque lies the tomb of Gyasuddin Aulia, who made the first attempts to impregnate Islam in this part of the world. It is believed that, the foundation of the mosque partly comprises of some earth brought from Mecca.

There are some lesser known temples of Hajo are Ganesha Temple, Kedareswara Temple and Kameswara 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. There is a huge Shivalinga in the Kedareswar Temple which is made of stone. At the foot of the Kedareswar Temple lies the renowned Ganesh temple.

Hayagriva Temple Timings: 6 AM - 9 PM