India is the religious nation having various pilgrimage centers in different locations. Hajo is one of the ancient holy places particularly for three communities such as Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims. The biggest river of India Brahmaputra touches the city and next big city Guwahati is located at only distance of 24 km. Hajo is the city of Assam, India having countless ancient temples. The temple Hayagriva Madhava is famous in Hajo. Another temple of Lord Ganesha was constructed by the Ruler Pramatta Singha in year 1744. Few more shrines of Hajo are Shiva temple and Kedareswara Temple built during the ruling period of Rajeswar Singha.
Taking pleasure of hill in Hajo is also possible as the famous temple Hayagriva Madhava is located on Monikut hill. Few Buddhists consider the Hayagriva Mahhava temple as first attained heaven by Buddha.
Locations for tourist in Hajo are Hayagriva Madhava Mandir and Madan Kamdev Temple. However, Hayagriva shrine is located in outskirts of the Hajo and Madan Kamdev shrine is located at distance of 42 km from the central part of the city. Madan Temple is constructed on the hill Dewangiri.
This historical religious place is having many other small temples so tourist will get lots of things to learn about the religious past of East India. Hajo is the most interesting place of Assam with many shrines dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Goddess Durga, Lord Siva, Buddha and the Muslim saint. The city was ruled by different rulers at various periods. Mughals, Kochs, and Ahoms were the major rulers of the city. This temple place is having oldest shrine of India as Hayagrib Madhab so it’s having a big spiritual value for Indians. The unique structural design of the temple is also reason for popularity of shrine.
The city was identified by different names at intervals like it was known as Apurnabhava in 11th century, though some people described the city as Manikuta. City got another name in 14th Century AD as BishnuPuskar and in 18th century it was recognized as Manikutgram. Later the city was renamed to Hajo in Ahom ruling period. During the period of Mughal ruler’s city was identified as Sujanagar or Sujabad. Experts believe the Gautama Buddha breathe his last breath in Hajo.
Attractive places in Hoja
Hayagriva Madhava temple: 30 miles away from Guwahati is first choice for visitors in Hajo. The idol of Lord Vishnu resembles the Jagannath idol at Puri, Orissa. Earlier this shrine was damaged by Kalapahar who destroyed countless temples of India in various states. However, Ruler of Koch Emperor Raghudev rebuilt the temple in 1543.
Powa-Mecca: The masjid known as Powa-Mecca is one more attraction for visitors. This muslim temple is constructed just near the Madhava so travelers did not have to travel for longer to reach the spot. This mosque was constructed in 1657 by Mir Lutufullah-i-Shiraji. The Mughal ruler Shahjahan gave the permission to Shiraji for construction of Mecca. Once tourist reaches Mecca they can also visit the grave of Gyasuddin Aulia located near the Mecca wall.
Tourist can also take pleasure of Guwahati, Tezpur, Pabitora (famous for wildlife sanctuary) and many other places.
How to reach Hajo?
By Air: closest airport is Guwahati serving as commercial capital the state Assam. Flights to Guwahati is available from different parts of the country, through only domestic airlines are offering the flights for such airport.
By Rail: closest railhead is Guwahati too so tourist must look for the ways to reach Guwahati to reach Hajo.
By Road: Hajo is easily reachable by road and bus are most convenient transport method. Direct buses from several parts of state are available for Hajo but reaching Guwahati could be best option for the visitors.