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Guwahati – The Gateway to the North Eastern Region of India
Prominent Temples in Guwahati
Vashistha Ashram: This ashram, which is located in the Sandhychal hills, has a temple which is believed to have been constructed during the second half of the 18th century by Raja Rajeswar, the Ahom king and is the last standing structures which was built by the kings of this dynasty. Three rivulets by the name of Sandhya, Kanta and Lalita, merge at the Ashram and according to local legend, a dip in these waters, relieves the visitors of all their sins, besides enhancing their lives. The ashram is also renowned for the various legends associated with Rishi Vashistha, who is believed to have used a place near a stream in the vicinity of the ashram to perform sandhya. It is said that once the Rishi cursed Indra, who was playing sexual games with his wife Shachi and other divine females in the stream and polluting its waters. Consequently, Indra lost all his powers to become a normal human being and even had a child with a Daitya woman. However, before returning to heaven, Indra blessed his son to become a king and it is believed that it was this child of Indra, who later became the founder of the kingdom of Ahom.
Kamakhya Temple: This temple, which is amongst the largest Shakti temples of India, is situated nearly 7 kms away from Guwahati. Perched on top of the Nilachal hills, the temple is a prominent pilgrimage center for Hindus, especially tantric worshippers. Another prominent reason for the popularity of this temple is that it is the place of convergence of the traditions and values of the Aryan and non-Aryan communities. Although the original temple was ruined by Kala Pahar, the reigning king of the Koch dynasty, King Chilarai, reconstructed it in 1565. The temple, dedicated to the diverse forms of Mother Shakti, has three main chambers along with a natural spring that flows through a crack.
Bhubaneswari Temple: Located on the crest of a hill situated just outside Guwahati, this white temple dedicated to Goddess Bhubaneshwari appears like a small dot, when viewed from the city. The temple offers great views of the sun setting on the Brahmaputra River. Set amidst lush green surroundings, devotees need undertake an uphill climb of nearly 20 minutes to reach here.
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