North (Uttar) Guwahati

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North Guwahati, referred to as Uttar Guwahati by the locals, is situated on northern part of Guwahati. From historical places, temples to premier education institutes like IIT, North Guwahati has it all. Historical temples like Rudreswar Devalay, Dirgheswari Devalaya (temple or shrine), Mani-karneswar Devalay are a few of the historical sites in North Guwahati.

Rudreswar Devalay

The Rudreswar Devalaya is a sanctuary committed to Lord Shiva in the town of Rudreswar, under Sila Sindhurighopa Mouza, on northern bank of the stream Brahmaputra, in Guwahati. Built in 1749 CE by Ahom ruler Pramatta Singha, in memory of his father Swargadeo Rudra Singha, the sanctuary is a fine case of a blended style of Ahom-Mughal architecture.

Dirgeshwari Temple

Located on the north bank of the mighty river Brahmaputra and linked by a motorable road, Dirgeshwari shrine is considered as one of the supreme Devi Peetha of the state. Goddess Durga is worshipped in the Devalay. Isolated and lolled at the foot of a range of hills, it has several rock cut images which can be placed to the 11th to 12th century A.D. The Dirgheswari Dewalaya in the Dirgheswari hill or ‘Sati Parbati’ exists beside this. It is believed that the great hermit Markanda had his hermitage here. Lord Shiva also happened to carry on his shoulders his wife’s lifeless body (Sati) over this hill site when one of Sati’s limbs fell on the place where Dirgheswari temple now stands. There is also a Ganesh Temple in the foothill of Dirgheswari hill. This is one of the few temples where the buffalo sacrifice is still prevalent during Durga Puja. Surrounded by evergreen tall conical trees and roaring , fast-flowing brook, it is also a beautiful spot for picnic and ideal for fun.

Mani Korneshwar Devalaya

Another beautiful spot is Mani korneswar Devalay situated on a hill on the bank of the river Brahmaputra. On the north of North Guwahati there is a hill named Natuancha where it is believed that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvoti and other gods resided. This was an alternative to Kailash dham , the abode of the Lord Shiva. Here Beula (the traditional chaste) got her husband’s life back by gaining a boon from Lord Shiva after pleasing him with her charming dance and music. It is a renowned and ancient temple which has mythological significance.

How to Reach

North Guwahati is famously known as the place of temples and an ideal tourist attraction of Assam. An ambitious ropeway project between Guwahati and North Guwahati is being developed in crossing the Brahmaputra river over the picturesque Umananda hills towards the historic foothills of Manikarneswar temple (Chandra-Bharati Mandop). The project on completion will attract not only more domestic tourists but foreign tourists too. The much-hyped ropeway services will directly benefit the North Guwahatians in crossing the river in all seasons. The project is expected to be tentatively complete by next year.

Otherwise Northern part of Guwahati is easily connected with the city via road transport and water transport. State operated transportation is available or one can avail the private buses/taxis. Trakkers are available from Jalukbari, Guwahati which plies from morning till night to North Guwahati and vice versa.


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