The ancient pilgrim centre of Hajo at a distance of about 24 km from the city of Guwahati is an attraction for three religions namely Hindu, Muslims and Buddhists.
Updated: September 29, 2019
The ancient pilgrim centre of Hajo at a distance of about 24 km from the city of Guwahati is an attraction for three religions namely Hindu, Muslims and Buddhists. Shrines dedicated to Durga, Shiva, Vishnu, Buddha and major Muslim saints are found all over this place, making it an important pilgrimage center for people from all these three religions. The most famous temple is the Hayagriva Madhava Mandir which also attracts Buddhists as it is believed to be the site where Buddha attained Nirvana while the Powa Mecca Mosque finds popularity among Muslims. The Powa Mecca is located near the Madhava temple. It was constructed by Mir Lutufullah-i-Shiraji in 1657, during the rule of the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan. It is also believed that the foundation of the Mosque here was laid with the soil that was brought from Mecca. The word 'Powa' means 1/4th and hence, Powa Mecca refers to having some of the sanctity of Mecca. The tomb of Pir Giasuddin Auliya, which is a pioneer of Islam is located here.
Hayagriva Madhava Temple has an idol of Lord Vishnu that is similar to the idol of Lord Jagannath in Puri. Also, it is believed that Lord Buddha is believed to have attained Nirvana at this religious site and hence this site is visited by numerous Buddhists, Bhutiyas and Hindus. Visitors will have to climb a fleet of stairs to reach the temple.
Kedareswar Temple is one of the oldest temples in the Indian subcontinent that is located atop the Madanachala Hill in Hajo. This temple enshrines a huge Shivalinga, made of stone, which is popularly known as the Svayambhu Linga.
It is also referred to as the Ardhanariswara form of Lord Shiva. This Shivalinga is always covered by a huge metal bowl.
The Kamesware Temple is an ancient temple, built in the 18th century by the Ahom king Pramatta Singha. It was turned into a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva after its construction. The shivlinga here resembles that in Kedarnath.
Deva Bhavana is of the popular temples of Hajo. This place was once the meeting point of all deities.