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Hajo

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Nearest Airport: Guwahati Check Flights

"An ancient pilgrimage for all"

Hajo Tourism

The ancient pilgrim centre of Hajo finds it uniqueness in being an attraction for three religions - Hindu, Muslims and Buddhists.

At a distance of about 24 km from the city of Guwahati, Hajo adores the banks of Brahmaputra. Shrines dedicated to Durga, Shiva, Vishnu, Buddha and major Muslim saints are found all over this place, making it an important pilgrimage center for people from all these three religions. The most famous temple is the Hayagriva Madhava Mandir which also attracts Buddhists as it is believed to be the site where Buddha attained Nirvana while the Powa Mecca Mosque finds popularity among Muslims.

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Experiencing religious harmony in Hajo

Residing on the banks of Brahmaputra River, 24 km away from Guwahati, Hajo is a small town in Assam. It serves as an ancient pilgrimage for three religions: Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists. This small town represents religious and communal harmony. Hajo is well-known in Asia for its bell metal industry. The artisans make various kinds of utensils out of these materials and are sold as fancy household items. Hajo is dotted with various temples and mosques.

Among the many temples here, Hayagriva Madhava Temple is the most famous and sacred temple here. As the name suggests, it is a Vishnu temple, however, it is equally important to Buddhist community, as it is to Hindu community. It is believed that Lord Buddha attained Nirvana at this place. Powa Mecca is the most celebrated Muslim shrine here. Its name suggests that its importance is equivalent to one fourth of the Mecca of Arab Emirates. A Muslim community, Moria Community is said to have made the brass and bell metal utensils used in the Hayagriva Temple.

Restaurants and Local Food in Hajo

Hajo is equally welcoming to both vegetarians and non vegetarians. Instances of popular items local state cuisine can be tried here. One can try interesting versions of the staple Rice here such as Cheera, Muri, Akhoi, Pithguri and handful more. Fish curry is also popular such as Machor Tenga as well as other fish delicacies such as Patot diya which is a preparation of steamed fish wrapped in plaintain leaves along with some flavors. The other must have items are Khar, Laksa, Pitika and many more.
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Suggested Itinerary

You can reach Hajo early morning and start your journey to Hayagriva Madhava Temple, a Vishnu temple which holds important to Hindu and Buddist religion, alike. You can spend quality time here by exploring the temple while listening to mythological and historical stories of the temple. After having a meal, you can head off to Powa Mecca, the Muslim shrine. You will get to hear fascinating stories about its history and making. Later, you may visit the Shiv temple, Kedareswara Temple which is believed to be amongst the oldest temples in the Indian subcontinent.
After a holy exploration of Hajo, you can visit marketplaces here. You can buy bell metal and brass household items as Hajo is known throughout Asia for its bell metal industry. Also, Hajo being the largest silk producer in Assam, you can find a variety of good quality silk and it is not something to miss out on.

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What's Great?

Hajo is an ancient pilgrimage centre for Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims, serving as a unique example of religious harmony. It is also famous throughout Asia for its bell metal industry and is even the largest producer of silk clothes in Assam.

What's Not So Great?

It is very humid throughout the year and rains quite often. The weather here may not be liked by everyone.

For Whom?

This place is mainly for pilgrims, however, those who are looking forward to experiencing another aspect of Assam's beauty may find Hajo an exciting place. It has an ancient history along with mythological importance. You will get to hear fascinating stories here.

How To Reach Hajo

Hajo has a good connectivity with cities all over since it is located 25 km away from the commercial capital of Assam, Guwahati. Nearest Airport is Guwahati's Gopinath Bordoloi Airport. The nearest railway station is also in Guwahati, Paltan Bazaar. It is also well connected to different cities in Assam which make it easy to reach from other states.

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Devyani Chandra 1 year ago
- Reaching a few temples involves a lot of climbing. So wear comfortable footwear. However, you will have to remove your footwear before entering temple premises.
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