Umananda Temple is a Shiva temple placed on Umananda (Peacock Island) Island in the middle of the river Brahmaputra just opposite the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup or the Kachari Ghat in Guwahati, Assam state. It is known as the smallest inhabited riverine island in the world. Temple Timings are Monday to Sunday: 9:30 am–5:30 pm.
On Bhasmachala Hill Temple has been built. Country boats on the bank of Brahmaputra take the visitors to the island. The name ‘Umananda’ comes from two Hindi words, ‘Uma,’ another name for Lord Shiva’s wife, and ‘Ananda,’ which means happiness.
Umananda Temple History:
The brick temple has built-in 1694 CE by the Bar Phukan Garhganya Handique by order of King Gadadhar Singha (1681–1696), one of the eldest and strongest rulers of the Ahom dynasty. The Mughal Army violated the Temple. The original Temple was, however, very damaged by a devastating earthquake in 1897. Later, it has rebuilt by a rich local merchant who chose to inscribe the interior part of a Siva temple with Vaishnavite slogans.
Here are the Umananda Temple Timings:
|Monday||9:30 am–5:30 pm|
|Tuesday||9:30 am–5:30 pm|
|Wednesday||9:30 am–5:30 pm|
|Thursday||9:30 am–5:30 pm|
|Friday||9:30 am–5:30 pm|
|Saturday||9:30 am–5:30 pm|
|Sunday||9:30 am–5:30 pm|
Umananda Temple Ferry Cost & Timings:
- The ferry starts from Kachari ghat.
- Journey Time: 10 mins to the Mandir.
- Boat Boarding Point: Kachari Ghat is close to Paltan Bazar, which is 2 Km away. Autos and Buses are operating from Paltan Bazar to Ghat.
- Private and Government Boats run from all Ghats to the Temple.
|Ferry (or) Boat type||To and Fro Ticket Cost||Ferry(Boat) Timings|
|Government||Rs.20/ person||10:30 am – 4:00 pm|
|Private||Rs.200 – Rs.300/ person||10:30 am – 4:00 pm|
Nearby Places Around Temple:
As per Hindu mythology, Goddess Bhuvaneswari is considered the feminine ruler of the universe. The spiritual climate of the place, blended with the beauty of nature, makes it a very important attraction of Guwahati.
Assam State Museum:
The museum exhibits sections like epigraphy, sculptures, crafts, natural history, and folk art forms. The rare and antique collections are displayed here, making this museum unique.
The lake offers a breathtaking evening view when the place has blazed with several lights. There is a café near this lake where you can relax and enjoy coffee after relishing the boat ride.
Sri Sri Ugratara Devalaya:
Ugratara Devalaya is a temple dedicated to Ugratara located on the western side of Jor Pukhury tanks in the heart of Guwahati city.
Kamakhya Devi Temple:
Kamakhya Devi is well famous as the bleeding Goddess. The Temple appears very beautiful during the evening aarti. This is near Umananda Temple. The Temple has dedicated to the tantric goddesses. Apart from the deity Kamakhya Devi, a Temple compound houses ten other Kali avatars named Kamala, Dhumavati, Matangi, Bagola, Tara, Bhairavi, Chinnamasta, Tripura Sundari, and Bhuvaneshwari.
Doul Govinda Mandir:
The Temple is mainly devoted to Lord Krishna. Besides, there is a Namghar and a temple within the same premises.
The planetarium is a centre for astronomical education and research. And Built-in 1994, it is the only planetarium in Assam State.
Shri Shri Aswakranta Temple:
Aswa means ‘horse,’ and Klanta means ‘tired’ in the Assamese language. Lord Krishna was searching for Narakasura; his horse felt tired here, where Shri Aswaklanta temple has located now.
Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden:
The Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden is the largest of its kind in the North East region, and it is spread across 432 acres.
It has Dedicated to Lord Shiva; the Temple was constructed in 1744 CE by the Ahom king Pramatta Singha. King Rajeswar Singha made a financial supply for the Temple in 1759. The Temple is known for having one of the biggest Shiva Lingams in India.
Hotels Near Umananda Temple:
- Radisson Blu Hotel
- Hotel Grand Majesty
- Cygnett Inn Repose
- Mayflower Hotel
- Hotel Rajmahal
- Hotel Dynasty
- Hotel Prag continental
- Hotel SJ International
- Hotel Atithi
- Rains Inn
- Hotel Nandan
- The Contour Hotel
- The Guwahati Addresss By Centre Point
Peacock Island, Baruah Souk, North Guwahati, Guwahati, Assam 781030.
How to reach Temple:
The following are travelling ways to reach Umananda Temple.
The nearest airport is Guwahati which is 22 Km from Ghat.
The nearest Railway station is Guwahati, which is 3 Km away.
This Temple can reach by Boat from Guwahati.
Two hundred thirty steps from the Boating point.
Photography is not allowed inside the Temple.
Free Darshan for all devotees.
Any decent outfit.
King Gadadhar Singha.
Guwahati. It has located at Peacock Island in the middle of the river Brahmaputra.