Nowadays people are living in a chaotic environment. They want to escape from this hustle and desire to pass time with the beauty of nature and having a spiritual connection with God. If you have such desire then we got a perfect place for you. That is the Umananda temple.
What is the Umananda temple?
Umananda temple is a Shiva temple which is situated in the middle of the river Brahmaputra on the Umananda Island also known as the Peacock Island. The natural beauty with the significance of the temple attracts many people all around the world.
What is the history of the Umananda temple?
Back then the temple was known as the Umananda develop. It means “The abode of Lord Shiva”. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Umananda temple was built by King Gadadhar Singha. He was one of the strongest kings of the Ahom dynasty. It is believed that Lord Shiva resided on this island as a Bhayananda and during the beginning of creation Lord Shiva sprinkled ashes here and conveyed the supreme knowledge to his wife, Parvati. The island is also called Urvasi Island as it is considered that Goddess Urvasi also resides on this island. It is said by the legend that Lord Shiva destroyed Kamadeva into ashes on this hillock when he disturbed Him during meditation. The temple used to receive grants and donations from the Mughal emperors Jahangir and Aurangzeb during the Mughal rule. The temple was heavily damaged by an earthquake in 1897 it was later reconstructed by a merchant who was a devotee of Lord Shiva.
What are the inside and outside views of the Umananda temple?
The temple has originating rock-cut figures. The sculptures of the temple express that the worshippers followed all principles of Hindu Gods. Though the temple was dedicated to Lord Shiva it has shrines of ten other Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Idols of Surya, Ganesha, Shiva, and the Devi and the ten incarnations of Vishnu are seen in the Umananda temple. The figure of the temple presents the masterly skill of Assamese craftsmen. The temple was crafted amazingly by the Assamese workmen. The atmosphere of the temple is such that you will feel to stay there to spend some quality time in the stunning heaven of nature. The outside view of the temple is mesmerizing. It cannot be expressed in words. The natural sights from the mountain and the view of the Brahmaputra river along with the water wave sound make it so pleasant to the visitors. Umananda Island is considered one of the most beautiful islands.
Why are people attracted to the Umananda temple?
The Umananda temple is so attractive to the people, everyday many visitors pay a visit to this temple to pass some time in nature and to get a spiritual connection with Lord Shiva and other Gods and the Goddess of the Hindu religion. It is a Shiva temple but there are shrines of other Gods and Goddesses. Due to that worshippers can worship all their Gods. The temple is fascinating to its people for its natural beauty. The view all around the temple, the Umananda island, the hills, the river Brahmaputra makes the whole environment so magnificent and it is so much loved by the people.
Is it safe to visit the Umananda temple?
Yes, it is safe to visit the temple. Everyday visitors and devotees from all over the world visit the temple.
What are the festivals of the Umananda temple?
The main festival of this temple is the Maha Shivratri which is celebrated with great amusement. Moreover, Monday is considered the holiest day of the week in that day lots of people gather to worship Lord Shiva and other Gods of the Hindu religion.
Is photography allowed in the Umananda temple?
Yes, photography is allowed in this temple.
Are there any parking facilities in the Umananda temple?
What are the entry fees of the Umananda temple?
There are no entry fees in the Umananda temple.
What is the best time to visit the Umananda temple?
The best time to visit this temple is during festival time. During the Shiva Chaturdashi festival, local devotees along with the peoples from all around the world gather in the temple. Visitors can also visit the temple anytime in a year but it is suggested to visit during the winter (September to March) at that time the atmosphere is very pleasant to the traveler and it is the perfect time to visit. Also, it is advised to check the climatic condition of Guwahati before visiting the temple.
What is the visiting time of the Umananda temple?
The visiting time of the temple is 5:30 am to 6:00 pm.
How many days Umananda temple remains open in a week?
The Umananda temple remains open all days of the week.
The best restaurant near the temple is:
- Barbeque Nation – Guwahati – Lachit Nagar
- Sunflower Restaurant
- Shahi Darbar
- Silk Route Restaurant
- Gopal Maharaj Restaurant
- Michinga Restaurant
- Paradise Restaurant
There are also many restaurants around the Umananda temple.
How to reach:
By railway: The nearest railway station to Guwahati city is the Guwahati railway station which is 1.4 km away. It will take approximately 4 minutes from the station to reach the city.
By airport: The nearest airport to Guwahati city is Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi airport which is 22.2 km away. It will take approximately 1 hour 30 minutes from the airport to reach the city.