Hayagriba Madhaba Temple, a famous sightseeing location of Hajo, is a sacred place of worship for both the Buddhists as well as the Hindus. Located on the northern banks of River Brahmaputra, this ancient pilgrim spot is frequented by the followers of Islam, Hindu and Buddhism alike. According to local folklore, Lord Buddha had attained Nirvana at this very place and hence, it is visited by both Bhtiyas and Buddhist lamas—especially in winters.
An important highlight of the Hayagriba Madhaba Temple is its famous idol of Lord Vishnu. Quite similar to the statue of Lord Jagannath in Puri (Orissa), the idol of Lord Hayagriba has a story to tell. It is believed that Lord Hayagriba is an incarnation of Vishnu and had taken this form to kill two demons; who had stolen away the Vedas from the possession of Lord Brahma. The deity had appeared on a horse head and had vanquished the terror of these demons.
The Hayagriba Madhaba Temple is partitioned into three parts: the main room, the basement and a pyramid shaped spire. These inspiring structures are erected on solid brick pillars and were built under the instructions of Maharaja Naranarayan-- the Koch king (during his rule in the 15th century). The inner sanctorum of the temple is accessible by a flight of stone steps. The entrance to the main temple takes you into an anteroom and is adorned by two lotus shaped screens placed on both sides. These stone screens have small apertures to allow the light to enter the interiors of the temple. Outside, there are 10 stunning sculptures depicting the various incarnations of Lord Vishnu—with Lord Buddha standing stoic in the 9th place. A must visit on the list of all tourists and pilgrims alike!
|Timings|| All days of the week 5:00 AM - 12:00 PM 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
|Visit Duration||Around 2 hours|