Guwahati is known for its many mandirs (temples); hence, it is also known as the “city of temples.” It is a popular pilgrimage site for thousands of devotees every year. Each mandir differs in structural beauty and history which only makes them fascinating revered religious sites in Guwahati, Assam.
Kamakhya Mandir is an important Hindu mandir dedicated to the mother goddess Kamakhya. It is an important pilgrimage destination for Hindus, especially for tantric worshipers. Kamakhya Mandir is one of the oldest of the 51 Shakti Peethas (shrines) and is situated on Nilachal Hill in the western part of Guwahati city in Assam, India.
The place where Kamakhya Mandir stands today is also considered to be where Shiva first courted Sati.
It is believed that Kamakhya Mandir houses the mythical womb and vagina of the Hindu goddess Shakti.
Every year during the month of June, the Brahmaputra River near Kamakhya turns red. It is believed that the goddess ‘menstruates’ during this period. Read more…
Guwahati is a sprawling city in Assam and is situated beside the Brahmaputra River. Among all the places in Assam, Guwahati is one of the entertaining tourist destinations for visitors coming to Northeast India. Guwahati is popularly known for its temples, making it a popular pilgrimage destination, and river cruises.
Listed are a few places that are a must-visit on your trip to Guwahati, Assam.
1. Assam State Museum (Guwahati)
There is no better place tolearn about a state’s history and cultural heritage than at a museum. Also known as Assam Rajyik State Museum, it is one of the biggest museums in India. Situated in the heart of Guwahati, the museum’s various sections exhibit crafts, sculptures, natural history, and folk art forms. The museum also houses a library. The museum is located close to the Guwahati railway station. You can visit the museum all days of the week except Monday.
Visit timings: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
2. Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden (Guwahati)
The largest in northeast India, Assam State Zoo cum botanical garden is spread over 432 acres in Guwahati. The picturesque place has landscaped gardens, water bodies, and large enclosures. Besides the animals, the zoo has a reptile house, a museum, and a herbarium collection. You can visit the zoo all days of the week except Friday. Read more…