Umananda Temple can be found on an island that
spreads across the Brahmaputra River. This serene habitat of adulation is
called after and consecrated to Lord Shiva. The name ”Umananda” was coined from
two Hindi words, namely ”Uma” which was
another name for Lord shiva’s spouse and ”Ananda” which signifies happiness. In
truth, this island is one of the densely populated and probably one of the
vastly stunning too. The surrounding areas of the sanctuary and immense beauty
makes it an oasis for nature enthusiasts.
The temple is located on a highland called
Bhasmakala or Bhasmakuta. This masterpiece was created in 1694 A.D. by the
great King Gadadhar Singha. Nonetheless, it was obliterated by a massive tremor
in 1897 and was hardly reconstructed by a rich local dealer. The Umananda place
of worship was formulated and well crafted by the competent Assamese workmen.
There are so many idols that can be found in this temple, one of which is Lord
Shiva. There are also ten additional Hindu gods and they are kept in the
being an area of adulation, the Umananda temple is also a comforting
peculiarity to the normal places of adulation. Bereft of the racket of powerful
religion, this place has a quiet atmosphere which makes you want to relax and
assimilate the elegance of the place.
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The Umananda sanctuary was before recognized as
Umananda Devaloi meaning ”The residence of Lord Shiva”. As the name implies, it
was committed to Lord Shiva. The structure of the Umananda Temple was constructed by Bar
Phukan Gadadhar in 1694 and opened by
King Gadadhar Singha a great ruler of the Ahom Tribe.
Myth has it that, Lord Shiva lived on the isle as
Bhayananda. It was speculated that from inception, Lord Shiva poured ashes here
and imparted the supreme proficiency to his wife, Parvati. The temple’s real
chronology is clouded by many such myths. It was at a point felt that the
Goddess Urvasi visits the isle and sends nectar to Goddess Kamakhya. Reason why
the island is named Urvasi. The Bhasmakuta cliff where the temple stands have a
tale. According to folklore, Kamadeva offended Lord Shiva during one of his
ruminations, and enraged Lord Shiva turned Kamadeva into ashes, thus attaining
the name of Bhasmakuta.
When Mughal Of Kamrupa was on the throne , the
Umananda sanctuary earned stipends and allowances from the Mughal emperors
Jahangir and Aurangzeb. But unfortunately, the great sanctuary was destroyed in
an earthquake in 1897. It was refurbished a few years later by a wealthy dealer
who was an ardent worshipper of Lord Shiva.
Structure of Umananda Temple
Though the sanctuary is committed to Lord Shiva,
it boast of other Hindu shrines that consist of different gods and goddesses,
Shiva idols, Devi, Ganesha and Surya and the manifestations of Vishnu are
realized in the Umananda sanctuary. The well decorated sanctuary can be reached by a threads of stairs. The
temple is an embodiment of the proficiency of the Assamese craftsmanship and
designs. The temple encircles the rock on which Lord Shiva dwelled on.
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Maha Shivrati is always commemorated in this
sanctuary with great parade and pageantry. The sanctuary is committed to Lord
Shiva, the celebration is of absolute significance here. Monday’s are seen as
the best days of the week for worship and worshippers from far and near gather
together to give their admiration on this special day.
The Umananda Temple is a religious worship temple
and it is easily accessible at the dawn of a new day.
On How To Locate The Umananda Temple.
The sanctuary can be reached effortlessly from
Guwahati and Northern part of Guwahati by Trucks. Trucks are accessible from
the Sukleshwar ghats and the Bazaar ghats. Though it cost a fortune, traveling
on trucks is quite an experience. Visitors get to encounter the amazement and
dexterity of the Brahmaputra River, and the view is astonishing and
extraordinary. There are other convenient and
cheaper means of movement, you may choose to link up with the inland
water transport located along the peacock island lines, a straight road that
leads to Guwahati from the Uzan Bazaar Ferry Ghat.