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Time Required : 1 - 2 hrs

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Janardana Temple, Guwahati Overview

Perched on the hillock of Shukleshwar on the Shukleshwar ghats of the Brahmaputra river in Guwahati, Janardana Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Set amidst the beautiful backdrop of the Brahmaputra river and the lush green valleys of Guwahati, the shrine is a mesmerising spot and a sight to behold. The origin of the temple cannot be traced; however, it is believed to have been renovated sometime in the 17th century. The shrine is a wonderful amalgamation of Buddhist and Hindu architectural styles, incorporating design elements from both of them. The interior walls are milky white with elaborate carvings of deities all over them.

The main sanctum of the temple enshrines a Buddhist statue and is a revered place of meditation and worship by both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. The prayer hall is one of the most serene places in the complex. Besides, the quiet and calm in the temple premises are beyond compare and attracts tourists in hordes from far and wide.

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Legend of the Janardana Temple

A myth associated to Janardana Temple says that Lord Buddha is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. And Lord Vishnu is well-known as Lord Janardana. As per common belief, Lord Janandana once fought and defeated the mighty demon Raja Bali in the disguise of a Vamana to protect the people from the wrath of the asuras. The spot thence, came to be known as Janardana Tirtha. Later, a temple was constructed around it which was called Janardana Temple.

Best Time To Visit Janardana Temple

The best time to visit the temple is during early mornings or late evening i.e. at the time of sunrise or sunset, as the hillock presents a spectacular picture of the picturesque environment.

How To Reach Janardana Temple

Guwahati is well-connected through taxis, rickshaws and state-run buses. The temple is located on the Shukleshwar Hills and can be reached from Paltan Bazaar through hired taxis, cabs or in a public bus. The main shrine is a small trek upstairs on the hills.

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