Umananda temple is to be found on the peacock and in the middle of the Brahmaputra River. It is one of the smallest riverine islands in India. There are boats on the bank of the river to carry the visitor to the island. The hill on which the temple is being constructed is known as the Bhasmacala. It is believed that lord Shiva had resided here as in the form of Bhayanand. Lord Shiva sprinkled some ashes on this place and entrenched information to her consort Parvati.
It is also said that when lord Shiva was in deliberation, Kamadeva disturbed his yoga and broke his concentration and therefore was burnt into ashes as a punishment by the fire of Shiva's annoyance. Hence forth this hillock his named as Bhasmacala.
Umananda temple has some of the inherited rock-cut images. This figure speaks of the passion and skills of the craftsman. Sculptures of Hindu gods are carved on the walls of the temple. There are figures of Shiva, Vishnu, Ganesh, Surya and Devi is available here. Along with the figures of the goddesses there are many incretions of Lord Vishnu.
Umananda temple is built by Bar Bhukan Garhaganya Handique in the year 1694 AD by the order of King Gadadhar Singh. He was the strongest and deserved king of during the Ahom dynasty. The temple was destroyed by the natural disaster like earthquake in the year 1897.
People visit Umananda temple to see the splendid architecture on the walls of the temple. Devotees from Assam as well as from every part of India visit this place to have a look at the amazing carvings of the temple. Local people of Assam believe that lord Shiva fulfills all the wishes that have been asked for.
There are many other temples close to the Umananda temple which are equally important as this temple. This is linked with the ancient tradition and myths of the Hindu religion. Umananda temple is one of the most popular and most visited temples in the state of Assam.
It is belief that visiting this temple during Amavasya day, especially coming on Monday brings an utmost harmony to the devotees in rest of their life. Besides this the festival that is celebrated every year with great enjoyment is the Shiv Chaturdasi. This takes place especially for just worshipping Lord Shiva with great faith.
Nearest airport is the Guwahati airport. There are boats and ferry available to drop the visitors to the Island for worshipping Lord Shiva.
Nearest railway station is the Guwahati station. Guwahati is connected to all the major cities of India.
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There are state transport buses and luxury buses available from Guwahati to all the major cities of India.