Bagheswari Temple

Bagheswari Temple, Bongaigaon Overview

One of the oldest temples in Assam, Bagheswari temple located centrally in the city of Bongaigaon is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Parvati, Lord Shiva's wife. It is among the oldest of the 52 Shakti Peethas or shrines devoted to Shaktism. The temple is so named due to the nearby Bagheswari Pahar (hill/mountain) where tigers (bagh) would be found in healthy numbers. Devotees flock to the temple in large numbers during the festival of Durga Pujo, specifically at the time of 'Durga Mahaashtami' when the buffalos are sacrificed.

Legend has it that Goddess Parvati was separated into many parts after Dakshya Yagya and scattered across the earth by Lord Vishnu. A part of her Trishul was found on the very spot where the shrine within the temple lies by King Abhayapuri. Hence, Bagheswari came to be dedicated to Goddess Parvati's name.

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