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"A Multi-Faith Pilgrimage Centre"

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At a distance of about 24 km from the city of Guwahati, Hajo adores the banks of Brahmaputra. An ancient pilgrim centre, Hajo finds its uniqueness in being an attraction for three religions - Hindu, Muslims and Buddhists. Shrines dedicated to Durga, Shiva, Vishnu, Buddha and major Muslim saints are found all over this place, making it an important pilgrimage centre 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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1. Hajo Powa Mecca

Hajo Powa Mecca
The word 'Powa' means 1/4th and hence, Powa Mecca figuratively refers to having some of the sanctity of Mecca. The tomb of Pir Giasuddin Auliya, a pioneer of Islam is located here.

2. Hayagriva Madhava Temple

Hayagriva Madhava Temple
This temple has an idol of Lord Vishnu that is similar to the idol of Lord Jagannath in Puri. Also, it is believed that Lord Buddha is believed to have attained Nirvana at this religious site and henc (Read More)e this site is visited by numerous Buddhists, Bhutiyas and Hindus.

3. Kedareswar Temple

Kedareswar Temple
Located atop the Madanachala Hill in Hajo, this Shiva temple is regarded as one of the oldest temples in the Indian subcontinent. This temple enshrines a huge Shivalinga, made of stone, which is popul (Read More)arly known as the Svayambhu Linga.

4. Kamesware Temple

Kamesware Temple
The Kamesware Temple is an ancient temple, built in the 18th century by the Ahom king Pramatta Singha. Quite later after its construction, it was turned into a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The shiv (Read More)linga here resembles that in Kedarnath.

5. Deva Bhavana

Deva Bhavana
One of the popular temples of Hajo, according to a legend, this place was once the meeting point of all deities.

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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.

Suggested Itinerary for Hajo

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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How to Reach Hajo

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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.

How to reach Hajo by flight

Gopinath Bodoloi Airport in Guwahati is the nearest Airport to Hajo. It also serves as a base for the Indian Air Force. It has regular flights from major cities like New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Tezpur and Silchar.

How to reach Hajo by road

Well connected by roads, Hajo is easily accessible from various cities in Assam and therefore, from different states. Adabari Bus Stand and Kachari City Bus Stand in Guwahati are the nearest bus stands to Hajo.

How to reach Hajo by train

The railway station located in Paltan Bazaar, Guwahati is the nearest railway station to Hajo. It has regular trains from major cities like New Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, and Mumbai. You can find buses and taxis from here to Hajo.

Local transport in Hajo

Rickshaws and cabs are the main ways to travel in Hajo.

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Hajo, Assam
Mata Durga Devalaya by the side of Lord Kedareswara (Shiva) Temple, Hajo
Ramdia Community Hall
HAYAGRIVA MADHAB TEMPLE

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What is famous about Hajo?

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 is not so good about Hajo?

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

Who should visit Hajo?

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.

What is the best time to visit Hajo?

Hajo, like the rest of the Assam, has a tropical monsoon climate, associated with high levels of humidity. The temperature usually only increases during summer. The best time to visit Hajo is during Monsoon when it is in its full glory. During monsoon, Hajo is carpeted in greenery, making your experience here even better.
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What is the 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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What is the best way 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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What are the places near Hajo?

The top places near to Hajo are Guwahati which is 23 km from Hajo, Manas national park which is located 74 km from Hajo, Sualkuchi which is located 10 km from Hajo, Dispur which is located 29 km from Hajo, Nalbari which is located 23 km from Hajo

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Devyani Chandra

4 years 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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