Hayagriva Madhava Temple

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Hayagriva Madhava Temple
Hayagriva Madhava Temple
Hayagriva Madhava Temple
Location
Country: India
State/province: Assam
District: Kamrup
Locale: Hajo
Architecture and culture
Primary deity: Jagannath, Buddha
Important festivals: Doul Utsav, Bihu, Janmastami
History
Creator: Urbarishi
Recontructed by: Raghudeva Narayan

Hayagriva Madhava Temple (Assamese: হয়গ্ৰীৱ মাধৱ মন্দিৰ) is situated on the Monikut hill.[1] The hill is situated in Hajo of Assam which is around 30 km to west of Guwahati.[1] The present temple structure was constructed by the King Raghudeva Narayan in 1583.[2] According to some historians the King of Pala dynasty constructed it in 6th century. It is a stone temple and it enshrines an image of Hayagriva Madhava. Some Buddhists believe that the Hayagriva Mahhava temple, best known in the group of Hindu temples, is where the Buddha attained Nirvana. At this imposing temple, the presiding deity is worshipped as the Man Lion incarnation of Vishnu by the Hindus. It is a stone temple and it enshrines an image of Hayagriva Madhav. The rows of elephants are seen on the body of the temple and they are fine specimens of Assamese art. There is a big pond known as Madhab Pukhuri near the temple. Doul, Bihu and Janmastami festivals are celebrated every year in the temple. Moreover this temple preaches both Hinduism and Buddhism, which attract Buddhist Monks from far flung places. Sayani, the first wife of Kalia Bhomora Borphukan donated a family of paiks and also a plot of land for their maintenance to the Hayagriva Madhava temple during the reign of Ahom king Kamaleswar Singha.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hayagriva Madhava Temple - Hayagriva Madhava Temple Hajo, Hayagriva Madhava Temple Assam". Bharatonline.com. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  2. ^ MustSeeIndia.com. "Hajo: Hayagriva Madhava Temple, Hajo Tourist Places to Visit for". Mustseeindia.com. Retrieved 2013-04-23.