Set among tea gardens, military cantonments and built around several lakes, Tezpur is located on the north bank of the Brahmaputra River in the district of Sonitpur, central Assam, and less than a 30 minute drive from Wild Mahseer. With the snow-capped Himalayas as its northern backdrop, this scenic town has a fascinating history.
Located on the ancient site of Sonitpur (meaning City of Blood) so named, as legend has it, because of a battle fought there between Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva, it is steeped in mythology and folklore and renowned for its magnificent archaeological ruins and scenic beauty.
Our half-day Tezpur Temple Tour includes 3 Hindu Temples and the site of an ancient battle.
Guests first visit Sri Mahabhairab Mandir, an ancient temple located on a hillock in the northern part of Tezpur where King Bana worshipped Mahabhairab, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. It is a famous landmark and is visited by devotees from all over India. It houses one of the largest shiva linga (stone phallus) in India.
Next they go to Holeshwar temple, located roughly 7 km outside Tezpur. This is another ancient site dedicated to an incarnation of the Lord Shiva that also houses a shiva linga. It is believed that when one prays earnestly at this temple the prayers will be fulfilled and it is especially revered by friends at the Williamson Magor Group as an auspicious place of worship.
1 km east along the Brahmaputra River is the hill of Agni Garh, a famous battlefield featured in the epic Mahabharata which dates back to hundreds of years BC. The Mahabharata tells the story behind the Kurukshetra war and describes the fates of two royal families: the Kauravas and the Pandavas. Agni Garh, meaning rampart surrounded by fire, is one of the most beautiful places in Tezpur. According to legend King Bana imprisoned his only daughter Princess Usha there in a palace surrounded by a rampart of fire because of her love for Prince Anirudha, the grandson of Lord Krishna. Facing the Brahmaputra the hillock provides a panoramic view of both Tezpur and the river.
The final stop is at Da-Parbatiya, a few kilometers outside Tezpur, which has within its limits the ruins of the oldest temple in Assam consisting of the remains of a brick temple of Siva from the Ahom period that had been erected upon the ruins of a stone temple of the earlier Gupta period, circa 6th century AD. In 1897 an earthquake caused the Ahom brick temple to collapse revealing a door frame from the older structure, one of the three rare Gupta period architectural pieces in existence in India. It depicts two goddesses, Ganga and Yamuna, holding garlands in their hands and standing at the foot of the door-jambs which are decorated with beautiful ornamental foliage carvings.
If guests wish, this half-day Tezpur Temple tour can be combined with shopping in Tezpur.