Located in the North of Guwahati in Assam, Asvakranta Temple is rich with its history and culture. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu from Hindu mythology, this temple is most definitely one of the greatest Vishnu shrines in Assam. The Asvakranta Temple is built on a rocky river bank and just gazes the waterfront of the male river, Brahmaputra. Asvakranta Temple features as one of the most popular pilgrimages taken by many tourists visiting Assam. The pilgrimages tours for Asvakranta Temple are quite popular mainly because of its rich culture and of course, its scenic beauty of the surroundings.
The majestic sight of the mountains and hills combined with river and meticulously done carvings on the temple structure is a reason why many visit Asvakranta Temple.
The origin and history of the Asvakranta Temple are equally majestic like its beauty. The meaning of the word “Asvakranta” is taken from the Hindi word for horse. According to the mythological legend surrounding the temple, Lord Krishna had camped here with his army before finally overpowering and killing the evil demon, Narakasur. The Asvakranta Temple is also associated with the story of Lord Krishna and his wife Rukamini. It is also believed that the spot where the temple is built is exactly where Lord Krishna’s horse had been surrounded by several enemies.
While visiting the Asvakranta Temple, one can explore the several interesting idols of Hindu mythological gods. Around the Asvakranta Temple, one can visit the eastern site which has the footprint of Lord Krishna, Kurmajanardan and Anantasayi which are two ancient temples devoted to Lord Vishnu and has a flight of stairs that has been built to connect the 3 temples and has survived centuries after construction, and the natural island, Aarparuat, which is visited by numerous white cranes.
You can reach Guwahati by flights or train and then travel by road via the Saraighat Bridge or by ferry which is operated by Water Transport Regular Ferry services from Suklesvar Ghat in Guwahati.
The best time to visit the Asvakranta Temple is during the months of November to May, as because the climate cools down to a comfortable temperature and lets everyone enjoy the additional beauty of the blooming orchids.