Hajo Temple is on the Brahmaputra bank river, 25 km (16 m) northwest of Guwahati in the Kamrup district of Assam state, India. There is an enormous pond known as Madhab Pukhuri near the Hajo (Hayagriva Madhava Temple) Temple. It is also a pilgrimage site known for its tradition of preserving scarce tortoises species, with Hindu devotees believing that they are a form of the Kurma avatar of Vishnu.
Hajo Temple Overview
- 1 Hajo Temple Overview
- 1.1 History of Hajo Temple
- 1.2 Etymology of Hajo Temple
- 1.3 Hajo Temple Timings
- 1.4 Hajo Memorials
- 1.5 Festivals at Hajo Temple:
- 1.6 Tourist Places near Hajo Temple:
- 1.7 Hotels near Hajo Temple
- 1.8 Hajo Temple Address:
- 1.9 How to Reach Hajo Temple
- 1.10 FAQs
- Location: Hajo, Assam, India
- Nearest city: Guwahati
- Built10th–18th century CE
- Architectural style(s): Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim
Hajo is a historic town in the hills northwest of Guwahati, Assam, India. Due to the various yatra sites on the Hajo hills, it is a meeting point for Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims. For Hindu people, the Manikut Parbat of Hajo is the site of the 10th-century temple foundation. To the Buddhist peoples, mainly from Bhutan and Tibet, Assam state is where the Buddha died, and the Hayagriva mandir or Temple in Hajo town is a part of the sacred place of the Buddha. To the Muslims, the Mughal era Poa-Mecca shrine on other Hajo hill has the tomb of Giyasuddin Aulia built in the 17th century.
History of Hajo Temple
King Raghudeva Narayan constructed the present temple structure in 1583. According to local legend and the earliest remains, the original Temple was erected in the 10th century, probably during the Pala dynasty. It is a stone (rock) temple dedicated to Vishnu and Hajo’s best-known, most frequented monument.
Etymology of Hajo Temple
Hajo word has derived from the Boro word ‘Hajw’, which means Hill. It has named after Koch Hajo, a Koch tribal chief of the early 16th century.
Hajo Temple Timings
Here are the Hajo Temple Timings:
|Monday||4 am – 10 pm|
|Tuesday||4 am – 10 pm|
|Wednesday||4 am – 10 pm|
|Thursday||4 am – 10 pm|
|Friday||4 am – 10 pm|
|Saturday||4 am – 10 pm|
|Sunday||4 am – 10 pm|
The Hajo pillar:
Fragments discover within the premises of the Hayagriva Madhava Mandir temple complex. It is a sizeable unchanging pillar that likely broke in a historical earthquake. Four pieces of the Hajo pillar are known, three significant and kept by later restoration of the Temple, and one smaller portion of the same stone was found later1950. The local people now refer to it as the “Ashoka pillar”.
Hayagriva Madhava Temple:
It situated on Monikut hill (Manikuta Parvata). King Raghudeva Narayan constructed the present temple structure in 1583. He built it in the 10th century during the Pala dynasty. It is a Vishnu-dedicated stone temple. The mandir enshrines an image of Hayagriva Madhava (Vishnu as the part-man-part-horse avatar).
The rows of elephants at the block or slab of the Hayagriva temple are likely the oldest part here, about the 10th century. They are fine specimens of Assamese art. Hayagriva Madhava Temple has artwork from Vaishnavism and Shaktism Shaivism.
Hayagriva temple structure
It shows Nagara architecture.
It is a Shiva temple on the Hill of Madanachal in Hajo, with inscriptions showing land grants made during the Rajeswar Singha time. Another name for this Temple is Kedarnatha temple.
A Shiva temple from the Ahom-time also on the Hill of Madanachal, east of the Ganga-pushkarini.
It is also a Memorials statue
It is at the foot of the Hill of Madanachal. A boulder here looked like a Ganesha swamy, as per the local legend, and it has carved to reveal the Ganesha full image.
This Hindu shrine has an octagonal plan and domical top near the Hayagriva Mahadeva temple.
The Hill of Garurachal in Hajo is the site of a Muslim tomb and mosque – Powa Makkah (Poa Mecca, a quarter of Makkah). Makkah is a place of pilgrimage for Muslims.
Festivals at Hajo Temple:
These are the famous festivals at Hajo Temple.
Doul Utsav is also called ‘holi’ or ‘Fakuwa’. In the month of “Phagun” and “Chot,” spring comes, and the world has filled with trees with green leaves, flowers blooming, birds used to sin sweet songs,
‘Rongali’ or ‘Bohag Bihu’ has observed in April, ‘Kongali’ or ‘Kati Bihu’ in October, and ‘Bhogali’ or ‘Magh Bihu’ was observed in January. The Rongali Bihu is the most famous of the three, celebrating the spring festival.
Janmashtami is the annual birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu of Hinduism. It is also known as Krishna Janmashtami, Krishnashtami, Gokulashtami, Ashtami Rohini, and Sri Krishna Jayanti.
Tourist Places near Hajo Temple:
- Kedareswar Temple
- Joy Durga Temple
- Poa Mecca Dargah
- Kedar Temple
- Bishnu Pushkar
- Hajo Manasha Temple
- Baramboi Hilltop
- Umananda Temple
- Shri Shri Aswaklanta Temple
Hotels near Hajo Temple
- Hotel Vrinda Regency
- Hotel Parashuram
- Hotel Aashiyana
- Radisson Blu Hotel Guwahati
- Kiranshree Grand
- Hotel Prag Continental
- Hotel Rudraksh
- Dynasty Hotel
- Hotel Rajmahal
Hajo Temple Address:
- Hajo town, Kamrup district, Assam – 781102, India.
- Hajo Temple: Website
How to Reach Hajo Temple
Guwahati has International Airport.
Guwahati Railway Station is near Hajo Temple. Rangia is also near the Temple.
Guwahati has joined with regular bus services from all the major cities. Biahata Chariali/Guwahati is near to temple.
Hajo town is one of the most archaeological and historical sites in northeast India as it preserves the history and inscriptions architecture of a range of temples and memorials over about 1200 years.
King Raghu deva Narayan.
The Hayagriva Madhava Temple.
Hajo is an ancient pilgrimage centre for Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims. ‘Hajo’ is derived from the Bodo dialect where ‘Ha’ means ‘high’ and ‘Jo’ means ‘land’, implying it is ‘highland’. The place is known for its ancient temples, monuments, and housings.