A Spiritual Day Through The Gateway Of North-East India-Guwahati
Guwahati is perhaps one of the best places to explore nature among North-East India. Its natural beauty will surely attract you and also has many tourist places from shrines like Umananda Temple and Kamakhya Temple to historical places such as Navagraha Temple and Madan Kamdev. Also, the Guwahati zoo offers an insight into its rich and varied wildlife, where you can see the deer are roaming around and monkeys are hooping from one tree to another freely. So today’s blog is dedicated as “A Spiritual Day through the Gateway of North-East India-Guwahati“.
We also were excited for our Northeast trip which began with Guwahati Assam. We reached our destination early in the morning. Keeping our luggage in our rooms we quickly freshened up. We decided to start our journey by giving puja at Kamakhya Devi. So we headed towards the temple with full devotion in our hearts.
Kamakha Devi Temple:
Kamakha Devi Temple, popularly known as Kamrup-Kamakhya temple, is one of the 51 Shakti Piths. The mother Kamakha, said to be the epitome of the female energy and most frequent worship place all over the country.
Situated atop the Nilachal hill (blue mountain) in Guwahati, Assam. The structured of Kamakhya temple is like a beehive shikhara with sculptured panels and images of Hindu deities.
The temple has three major chambers, the middle chamber leading to an underground cave containing a natural spring symbolizing the yoni.
More individual temples dedicated to the ten Mahavidyas of Saktism: Kali, Tara, Sodashi, Bhuvaneshwari, Bhairavi, Chhinnamasta, Dhumavati, Bagalamukhi, Matangi and Kamalatmika. A Spiritual Day through the Gateway of North-East India-Guwahati
Inside the main temple, Tripurasundari, Matangi, and Kamala are worshipped. And rest are surrounding the temple.
This temple is also famous for Tantra worship. In the month of June, it attracts thousands of tantra devotees for the annual festival, Ambubachi Mela. Another prominent celebration is Manasha Puja. In the autumn, during Durga Puja, the temple gets flourished in celebration. Moreover, this five-day festival attracts several thousand visitors.
Every day thousands of deputies are seen here, queuing up patiently for the darshan. We were also no exception to that. So during our visit, the car left us at the temple way and we need to climb almost 50 to 60 stairs.
We aside our shoes and bought a “puja dali” (a basket full of sweets, a small mirror and a red piece of cloth) from a shop before entering the temple. There were a number of shops competing with each other just to convince the deputies to buy the Puja Dali from their shops.
Sugar-coated Grahams are the most commonly offered facade in the temple.
Additionally, they arranged a guide, who will help us to roam around the temple. Finally, we crossed the main temple door almost after 1 hour standing in the queue.
This is not the end, rather from here the main journey begins inside the temple. Along the queue, with small steps, we were heading forward to enter the sanctum sanctorum and be blessed by the water of the eternal spring. Lastly, we made our prayer towards the Kamakha Devi or Goddess and started our back journey.
Note: The timing of the temples:
For visitors from the outside state, it is the must-visit place and believers feel once, inside the temple, it evokes the sense of spirituality, sensing a direct contact with the supreme power of the creator. So if you ever visit Guwahati, never miss this temple.
After completing our journey in the Kamakha Devi temple, we were heading towards another temple. But this is not like any ordinary one. Umananda Temple is a Shiva temple located at the Peacock Island in the middle of the river Brahmaputra. This island is famous as the smallest inhabited riverine island in the world.
So, without wasting any time let us give you a brief history of this temple.
History Of The Temple:
Back in 1694AD, this temple, built by Bar Phukan Garhganya Handique by the order of King Gadadhar Singha. He, one of the most powerful and strongest kings of the Ahom dynasty. But sadly in the year 1897, due to heavy earthquake hit, the original temple was immensely damaged. later it was reconstructed by a rich local merchant.
According to Kalika Purana, Siva is said to have resided here in the form of Bhayananda. At the beginning of creation, Lord Shiva sprinkled ashes in this place and provide the knowledge to Goddess Parvati. It is said that, when Lord Siva was in meditation on this hillock, Kamadeva interrupted his yoga and was therefore burnt to ashes by the fire of Siva’s anger. A Spiritual Day through the Gateway of North-East India-Guwahati
To visit the temple, we took a ferry from the Sukleshwar Ghat.
The price of each ticket was Rs 20. After booking the tickets, with much excitement, we climbed inside the boat. The view was very peaceful with a clear sky and calm river water. Within 20 minutes, our feet touched the ground of the island. From there we need to climb again almost 50 to 60 steps for the temple. Alternatively, there was one another way to go up which we found much easy as it was like incline slope.
The temple is at the highest peak of the island. Structurally the temple is white in color and designed by many rock-cut figures. Moreover, these designs showcase the mastery of the art of the Assamese craftsmen. The figures portrayed many HIndy gods like Surya, Ganesha, Shiva and also the ten incarnations of the Lord Vishnu.
There were not so many shops to buy the offerings like Kamakha Devi Temple.
After completing our journey on the peacock island, we took the next ferry and returned back to the Sukleshwar Ghat.
Bashista Munir Ashram:
Finally, we reached our final destination for the day. Many travelers skip this place just hearing the name ashram and made an image that it should be like any other ashram. Just a temple, place for chanting and so on..but it was not like that.
Before coming to our traveling experience, some of the very interesting information about the ashram. A Spiritual Day through the Gateway of North-East India-Guwahati
Interesting Facts About Bashista Muni And Ashram:
Bashista Muni, one of the oldest and revered Vedic Rishi. He is one of the Saptarshi (Seven great rishis of India). Additionally, his ideologies were very influential and were the first Sage of the Vedanta school of Hindu philosophy by Adi Sankara.
Batista muni ashram is located on the southeast part of Guwahati City on a hilly region. Back in the Vedic period, Bashistha Muni founded this ashram.
On the backside, three mountain tributaries, Sandhya, Lalita, and Kanta are flowing near the stream. Amrutha Kunda, where the Bashistha muni uses to meditate and also the meeting point of the streams.
We need to keep our shoes outside the ashram and once stepping inside, we felt a kind peace.
The surrounding was like the priests were ringing the bell along with the sweet smell of the incense sticks and camphor prevailing within the air. Moreover, the loud sound of the cascading stream flowing down continuously from the top of the hill creates a fascinating surrounding. A Spiritual Day through the Gateway of North-East India-Guwahati
Upon entering, a temple was in front of us, where Lord Ganesha was worshiping. Very nice and clean. We stepped forward and got to see the stream at one side and the ashram on another side. We spent some time sitting on the rocks, playing with the water and photography is a must. Then we moved towards the Ashram of Bashistha muni. A statue of a big mouse with a colorful sheet on the back. And inside the ashram, the statue of Bashistha muni along with a garva griha where Shiva Linga was worshiped.
We roam around the places and again started our journey for the next destination. But beware about the monkeys. There were a lot of monkeys hopping all around.
In the meantime between Umananda Temple and Bashista Munir Ashram, we had our lunch at Paradise – A traditional Assamese Cuisine Resturant.
We ordered the Assamese Non-Veg Thali. Each thali contains
So we ended our day with tiring feet and returned back to the hotel.
Travel Tips :
- Mid October to February is the best time to visit.
- Carry plenty of water. Wear loose fit clothes, flat shoes, sunglass, and hats.
- Carry a camera or a handy camera.
- Start your journey as early as possible in the morning.
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