Think of religious harmony and you think of Hajo. A short distance away from Guwahati, Hajo is an important religious destination for Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims alike. Located on the famous Manikuta Hill is the Hayagriva Madhava Temple, dedicated to the Hayagriva avatar taken by Lord Vishnu. This avatar shows Vishnu as the body of a human with the head of a horse. According to Buddhist scholars, this temple also contains one of the relics of Lord Buddha. This is the spot where Gautama Buddha attained Nirvana, as per the legends. Hence this place is witness to both Hindus and Buddhists praying here.
Along with the Hayagriva Madhava Temple is the temple of Madan Kamdev. Dating back to the 10th-12th century A D this temple is very similar in design to the temples at Khajuraho, which are also devoted to Kamdev.
The Powa Mecca at Garuranchal Hill is said to have been built over a foundation that contains one gram of soil from Mecca. Inscriptions have revealed that the soil was brought from Mecca by Pir Giasuddin Auliya, the pioneer of Islam in this area. Built by Sujauddin Mohammed Shah in 1657 A D, the mosque also holds the tomb of the Pir. The place is considered as a very important shrine by the Muslim community of Assam.
|Visit Duration||1 to 2 hours|