24 kilometers from the capital of Assam- Guwahati, nestles the pilgrimage hub - Hajo. Sacred to Hindu, Muslim, and Buddhist, Hajo invites people from all walks of life to seek spiritual enlightenment. Legend has it, Hajo was the place where Lord Buddha attained Parinirvana. Its spiritual significance doesn't end here, Hajo is home to Powa Mecca too. With the sanctity of Mecca, this mosque is believed to have been built by the same soil used in making the mosque in Mecca. There are some handful of Hindu shrines to explore like Hayagriva Madhab Temple on Manikuta Hill, Kedareshwar Temple and Ganesha Temple.
A pilgrimage site for three religions – Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims, Hajo is visited by hundreds of devotees from round the world. While your tour of Assam Hajo is a must visit travel destination; not only because of its pious environment but also for its serene locales! In the Kamrup district, and 24 km away from the city of Guwahati, Hajo - the ancient pilgrimage place is revered by all owing to its heritage pilgrimage centers. In North East India, Hajo is probably the only places that houses shrines of three prominent religions in India, namely, Hindu, Islam, and Buddhist. For Hindus, the must visit places here include Kamesware Temple, Deva Bhavana, and Kedareswara Temple of Shiva, on the Madanachala Hill and Hayagriva Madhava Temple. For Muslims, the Powa Mecca and the Hayagriva Madhava Temple for Buddhists are revered sites.
The tourism industry in Hajo has flourished over the years as the pilgrimage sites have been taken good care of by the authorities, especially the Hayagriva Madhava Temple, which is a temple of Lord Vishnu, situated in Monikut Hill. The temple was probably constructed in the 1583 by King Rudradeva Narayan, or according to some historians, built in the 6th century by a king of the Pala dynasty. Moreover, according to one Buddhist belief, the temple is the place where the Buddha attained Nirvana. Thus, it is an equally interesting religious site for both the Buddhists as well as the Hindus.
Mainly Assamese and people belonging to the Hajong tribes reside in Hajo. If you are interested in religious or historical sites, then Hajo could be an important place as it hosts some well known temples and a place known as one quarter of Mecca - the holy place of the Muslims. Other tourist attractions of the place include mosque, which is known as Powa Mecca, or ‘One Quarter of the Mecca’ or Poa Mecca (1/4th Mecca). With the sanctity of Mecca, this mosque is believed to have been built by the same soil used in making the mosque in Mecca. Atop the Garurachal Hill, it is the pious tomb of Pir Giasuddin Auliya, the founder name of Islam in South Asian countries. Poa Mecca was built by Sujauddin Mohammed Shah in 1657 AD, during the reign of Mughal Emperor, Shahjahan.
Amidst many more top things to do in Hajo, you can take a short trip to other sightseeing places of this region which includes a trip to Kedareswara Temple or the bell metal making spots. Other noteworthy tourism places nearby Hajo include Bhimer Chariya, in which, as the myth goes, the Pandavas from the Mahabharata had taken shelter, during their agyatbash (banishment).
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Predominantly known for its spiritual centers, Hajo is a unique destination must visit over a holiday in Assam. The must visit attractions is the city are Hayagriva Madhab Temple, Powa Mecca, Kedareshwar Temple, Powa Mecca Mosque, and Ganesha Temple.
For a comfortable stay in Hajo, tourists can find suitable budget hotels and guest houses close to the temples. All those looking for luxury accommodation, there no such resorts or hotels in Hajo but there are many in Guwahati, which is 24 minutes away.View all Hotels
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