Hajo is a unique center of tourism in its own
way. It is an ancient pilgrim center and is revered by equally by all
religions. This is because it serves as a pilgrimage for three major religions
in India – Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism.
Hajo is located on the banks of the river
Brahmaputra and is only 24 kms away from the beautiful city of Guwahati. You
will find shrines that are relevant to all religions here. There are shrines
that are dedicated Goddess Durga, Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, Buddha and prominent
Muslim saints that can be found throughout Hajo. This is why people from all
faiths come to Hajo to pay their respects to this ancient pilgrim site. Among
all the shrines, the most famous is the Hayagriya Madhava Mandir. It is a
temple that is prominent for Buddhists. It is so important because it is said
that Buddha attained Nirvana at this site. Among others, the Powa Mecca Mosque
is particularly famous and an important site for Muslims.
of different faiths and religious harmony in Hajo
Hajo is a small town in the beautiful state of
Assam in the northeast. It is only 24 kms away from the charming city of
Guwahati. Situated quaintly on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra river, it
serves as an important and ancient site for pilgrimage for three major faiths
in India – Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism. The small town of Hajo is the perfect
example of religious and communal harmony.
Apart from the coexistence of religious harmony,
Hajo is widely popular in the entire Asian continent for its bell metal
industry. The artisans of Hajo are skilled at crafting different kinds of
utensils. People buy them for their exquisite design. Numerous temples of Hindu
and Muslim faith and mosques are spread across the entire town.
There are lots of temples and mosques in Hajo,
but the most famous of them all is the Hayagriva Madhava Temple. The temple is
dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the Hindu deity. However, despite its connection
majorly to Hinduism, it is revered equally by Buddhists as well. This is because
it is here that Buddha attained Nirvana. Another important site is the Powa
Mecca. It is the most revered mosque in Hajo and Muslim tourists visit here
throughout the year. It is said that a visit to this mosque is equal to one
fourth of the visit to the Mecca that is situated in the United Arab Emirates.
Another interesting fact about Hajo is that the Moria Community, which is a
Muslim community, has made all the brass and bell metal utensils that you will
find the Hayagriva Temple.
and Local Food in Hajo
Hajo has something for everyone. Both vegetarian
and non vegetarian tourists can enjoy the local state cuisines in Hajo. Since
people here are very fond of consuming rice, you will find different versions
of it. You can relish Muri, Pithguri, Akhoi, Cheera and more interesting dishes
here. Fish also constitutes a part of the local staple diet. Tourists can enjoy
different types of fish curry in Hajo. Machor Tenga is very popular here. Among
other fish delicacies are Patot diya, made from steamed fish with a mix of
spices and then wrapped carefully in plantain leaves. Try other items such as
Pitika, Khar, Laksa and others. You will have plenty of options to enjoy here.
To enjoy sightseeing without hurry, reach Hajo
early in the morning. Head for the famous temple built in reverence of Lord
Vishnu, named Hayagriya Madhava Temple. The temple is equally respected and
visited by both Hindus and Buddhists because Lord Buddha attained Nirvana here.
The peaceful atmosphere of the temple compels devotees to spend quality time
here. Guides here have numerous mythological and historical tales to narrate.
After experience the bliss at the temple, you can head over to the famous
Kedareswara Temple. It is a temple dedicated to the Hindu God Lord Shiva. It is
said that the Kedareswara Temple is among the oldest temples you can find in
the Indian subcontinent.
Apart from the temples and mosques that you will
find here, you can visit the markets in Hajo. Hajo is widely popular in the entire
Asian continent for its bell metal industry. You can buy exquisite brass and
bell metal items for household. The silk industry is very prominent in Hajo
which is why it is the largest silk producer in Assam. Upon visit this
beautiful town, make sure you get your hands on the fine quality silk items.