Mahabhairab Temple Assam India
The Mahabhairab Temple is situated on a small hill top in the northern part of Tezpur. Lord Shiva stays here in Maha Bhairava Shivlinga form. According to a legend, the original Mahabhairab Temple was built by Asura King, Banasura out of a stone. According to the legend, this place was the capital of demon King Banasura, an ardent follower of 'Bhairav nath', incarnation of Lord Shiva. King Bana is believed to be the first one to have launched the religious group called Phallus along with the adoration of the Lord in Assam. The main deity of this temple is Lord Shiva and it houses one of the world’s largest Shiva Lingams. The centuries old temple had been destroyed and rebuilt several times. Originally, the temple was built in some time within the 8th and 10th century by a hermit called Bana. However, the original temple was destroyed in the 1897 earthquake and the present one was constructed during the early part of the 20th century. The present structure of the temple was built by Naga Baba (Sri Swayambar Bharati) and was later developed by Sri Mahadeo Bharati and other devotees. The temple is now managed by the Government of Assam through a managing committee headed by the Deputy Commissioner, Sonitpur.
Places of Interest
Bhairabi Temple - Bhairabi Temple is a well-known Hindu Temple in Assam. The presiding deity of this temple is Goddess Bhairavi, one of the Ten Mahavidyas. Thus, there are no doubts in calling Bhairabi Temple as a Shakti Peetha in Assam. It is a shrine that exists from Dwapar Yuga. Many devotees visit this temple on a daily basis.
Dah Parbatia Temple - Dah Parbatia is a small village a few kms west of Tezpur. It is popular as the home to some significant architectural remnants of an ancient temple from the 6th century
District Museum - Situated in the downtown of the city, District Museum was established in the year 1986. It’s the Dak Bungalow (a historical building from the British era) that houses the rich collection of this museum in Tezpur. The museum holds a collection of more than 600 objects which include wooden artefacts, sculpture, textiles, paintings, copper plate, manuscripts, inscriptions, and more. Craftwork from the Satra institutions is also put up on a display that depicts the significance of neo-Vaishnavism.
Getting there and around
By Air - Tezpur has a small airport that receives flights from Jorhat, Kolkata and Guwahati. There are regular flights from many other cities too.
By Rail - Tezpur has its own railway station which is connected with many major and small cities of India.
By Road - Tezpur is around 180 km from the capital city of Guwahati and there is frequent bus service from Guwahati. Both state run and private buses ply on the route. Good network connects it to other cities and towns as well.