A temple in the middle of the mighty river Brahmaputra, isn’t it so scenic? Yes, Umananda Temple is on the peacock island in the midst of the Brahmaputra River. One more significant thing about this temple is that Peacock Island is the world’s smallest river island. Moreover, this is known as the lowest inhabited river island in this world. It is opposite to the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup or the Kachari Ghat in Guwahati.
The only transportation to reach this island and as well as this holy temple is ferries. The boats are available at ‘Uzanbazar Ghat’ at the bank of the river Brahmaputra at Uzanbazar area. This ‘ghat’ or port is adjacent to Sati Radhika Park. While returning from the temple, you can spend some time at the park too. You can step into the famous ‘Ghat bazaar’ near the port to have a look at the local vegetables.
This Temple is believed to be one of the sacred places in Hinduism. It is on the mountain named as ‘Bhasmasal.’ Ahom king Gadhar Singha or Supaatpha built this temple (1681-1696) who was a devotee of Lord Shiva. Umananda Dewaloi is the historical name of this temple.
It is a Shiva temple, and people believe that Shiva resides here in the form of Bhayananda. Some mythological stories lie behind this temple. According to ‘Kalika Purana’ It is said that one day Shiva was in deep meditation on this hill. But his meditation was interrupted by Kamadeva. He got furious at him and burnt Kamadeva and turned him to ashes. Hence this hill got the name Bhasmasal. Another story is related to it. This hillock is also called as Bhasmakuta. The Kalika Purana states that here resides the goddess Urvasi who brings Amrit (nectar) for the enjoyment of Devi Kamakhya and in this way the island got the name Urvasi Island.
It was built by the most influential ruler of Ahom Dynasty King Gadadhar Singha in 1694 A.D. He ordered Bar Phukan Garhganya Handique to made it. Unfortunately, this temple was destroyed by a devastating earthquake in 1897. Later, it was constructed by a wealthy local merchant. The interior part of this temple is full of Vaisnavite slogan. Umananda temple is a property of rich Assamese craftsmanship. The statues represent lord Surya, Ganesha, Shiva and different Devi. Some come here spend some time in this historical place and enjoy the natural beauty of the mighty Brahmaputra from the middle of it.
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