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Tourist Places in Guwahati

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Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra, Guwahati

Features

Located in the Panjabari area of Guwahati, Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra is a multi-arts complex set up to preserve and promote the socio-cultural heritage of Assam. It is named after Saint Srimanta Sankardeva who devoted his life for cultural and spiritual growth of Assam region. The Kalashetra complex houses many cultural sections such as Sahitya and Sangeet Natak Bhavan, Lalit Kala Bhavan, Cultural Museum (Purbajyoti Museum), an International convention center (Auditoria Complex), Heritage Park, Open Air Theatre, Bakari Mancha, Artist's Village, Audio Recording Studio & Archive, Children Park and State Level Renewable Energy Park.

The popular attraction of Kalakshetra is the Artists' Village, which replicates the village society of Assam.

The cultural museum holds more than 400 cultural artifacts displayed over different galleries.

The Sahitya Bhavan library is a repository of the literature and has a huge collection of rare books and manuscripts.

Lalit-Kala Bhavan host exhibitions and workshops on art and culture.

The children park consists of children library, center for computer and video games, Doll's Museum, Sky Train and Telecom bate etc.

In Cultural & Art Gallerie

Assam State Museum, Guwahati

Features

Assam State Museum is one of the biggest museums of India showcasing rich cultural heritage of North Eastern region. The Museum was established by the Kamarupa Anusandhan Samiti (Assam Research Society) in 1940 and subsequently taken over by the government. The collections of the museum is divided into various sections such as Epigraphy, Sculptures, Natural History, Crafts, Anthropology, Folk Art & Arms etc. The collections includes stone sculptures, weapons, utensils, royal dresses, paintings, statues, rare manuscripts, crafts and handicraft items. The library in the museum provide more information about the items displayed. It also has special Monuments of World War II. Photography is the premises is not allowed and need prior permission.

In Pilgrimages

Basishtha Ashram, Guwahati

Features

Basishtha Ashram is believed to be founded by Great Sage Vashistha on the bank of the mountain streams which become the rivers Basistha and Bahini. According to Hindu mythology of Ramayana Sage (No Suggestions) taught Lord Rama and his brothers. The Shiva temple was built by Ahom King Rajeswar Singha in 1764. The historical pilgrimage is also blessed with natural beauty. The cave of Basistha is located 5 km from the Ashram and it is said that Vashistha used to meditate at this place.

In Pilgrimages

Bhubeneswari Mandir, Guwahati

Features

Located on top of Nilarhal Hill near Kamakhya Temple, Bhubeneswari Mandir is important pilgrimage of the city. Dedicated to Bhubeneswari, it is said that the head of Goddess Sati fell at this place.

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Dirgheswari Temple, Guwahati

Features

Located on the northern banks of Brahmaputra river, Dirgheswari Temple dates back to 11th century and dedicated to Goddess Durga. The ancient temple was built by Ahom King Swargadeo Siva Singha. The main shrine of Goddess is located in small cave and also many rock images of Gods are engraved in the rocks of the hill. It also has large of image of God Ganesha at the entrance and footprints of Goddess in the inner side.

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Kamakhya Temple, Guwahati

Features

Located on the Nilachal Hill, Kamakhya Temple is one of the important pilgrimage of Guwahati and one of the Adi Shakti Peethas of Goddess Sati. It is believed that Sati's womb and vagina fell at this place after destroying her body by the chakra of Lord Vishnu. The main temple is dedicated to Kamakhya Devi and main shrine is in the form of rock with a shape of yoni with natural spring water passing through it. The uniqueness of the temple is that the goddess is worshiped according to the Vamachara (Left-Hand Path) as well as the Dakshinachara (Right-Hand Path) modes of worship.

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Ugratara Temple, Guwahati

Features

Located in Uzan bazar, Ugratara temple is one of the important Shakti shrine of the city and believed that it is the place where the naval of Goddess Sati fell. The original temple and Jorepukhuri Kund was built by King Shiva Singh in 1725. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Ugratara which is worshipped here in the form of small pit filled with water. The place is also known as a Sakta shrine of Buddhism and the goddess Parvati is associated with Eka Jata and Tiksna Kanta.

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Umananda Temple, Guwahati

Features

Umananda Temple is famous Shiva temple located at the Peacock Island in the middle of river Brahmaputra. The temple was built by the Ahom King Gadadhar Singha in the 17th century, who was a devout Shaivaite.

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