Madan Kamdev – Archaeological marvel of Assam

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Another famous tourist attraction in Assam is Madan Kamdev, an archaeological and pilgrimage site. The site of ‘Shakti’ (Durga) tantric temple, Madan Kamdev dates back to the Pala dynasty of Kamarupa in 9th and 10th century.

Located about 40 Kms away from Guwahati, and 3 Kms from Baihata Chariali on National Highway 52, this temple is a mystery, a wonder which speaks about the history of ancient Kamrup. Spread over a large area, ruins of all the temples including the main temple, Madan Kamdev, speaks the glorious years of a lost kingdom. The ruins are believed to be the remains of more than 20 temples consigned to Lord Shiva. The surviving portion of Madan Kamdev temples shows that these were perhaps the finest medieval temples ever built in the entire Brahmaputra Valley. It is also termed as Khajuraho of Assam. The art in the sculptures in the temples are similar to the one seen only in the famous Khajuraho temples of Madhya Pradesh. The scupltures include embraced postures of Madan (Uma) and Kamdev (Maheswar). The main statues among these are that of Sun’s, Ganesha’s and Vidhyadhar’s, Kalpa-vriksha (the tree of fulfillment), six sided Bhairava, four headed Shiva, six sided Vishnu, Demons, Serpents and men, women and animals in every possible erotic postures, all in ruins of gigantic proportion is what Madan Kamdev stand for. It still continues to remain an archeological challenge. Scattered all around the Dewangiri hillock with an heavenly back drop of green hills and flowing rivulet, are griffins, nymphs, dancing fairies, gods and goddesses in cosmic fruitions, walls, pillars, lintels and door frames decorated with flowers, animals.

The real history of Madan Kamdev is still unknown with several theories by historians and archeologists. Perhaps there is no place in India except Khajuraho and Kanarak, where basic weaknesses of mortals caught in fear, doubt, love, jealously and consummate passion have been so eloquently expressed. It is really surprising, how Madan Kamdev, a place full of exquisite antiquities, so near to Guwahati escaped the notice of all for such a long time.

Entry to Madan Kamdev is free with unlimited photography. Temple timing is from 6AM to 9PM.

How to Reach

Madan Kamdev can be easily reached from Guwahati. After traveling 34Kms by road from Guwahati along NH51 on Rangia – Tezpur highway, one will reach Baihata Chariali or Chaurasta by road. Frequent bus services are there from Guwahati, to Baihata Chariali. Mini bus is also available. Moreover buses from Rangia and Tezpur also run on this route via Baihata Chariali. Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at Borjhar, the nearest airport is about 30 km away from Madan Kamdev. Further Guwahati has a good public transport system. Madan Kamdev can be reached by railways too. The nearest rail-station is Guwahati which is connected by other major places like Delhi, Kolkota, Mumbai etc.

JayB

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