Hajo in Assam houses a number of religious places for the Hindus, the Buddhists and the Muslims. One such sacred space, for the Hindus is the Kedareswara temple in Hajo. The reigning deity of the temple is the Hindu God, Shiva. This is a well known medieval Shiva temple established in 1753 by the king from Ahom dynasty, Rajeswar Singha, according to the inscription written on the walls of the temple. The shrine is situated on top of the small hill called Madanchalla. The uniqueness of this temple lies in the fact that it has the rare self originated phallic symbol, or Swayambhu Linga, that too in the Ardhanariswara, or androgynous form. The linga is generally kept covered in a metal bowl. Historically, this is one of the most important temples in India. And therefore, apart from the religious pilgrimage, history and archeology enthusiasts also often visit this beautiful temple of Shiva.
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There are also other places of interest nearby, such as the Powa Mecca mosque of the Muslims and the Hayagriva Madhava Temple of the Hindus and the Buddhists. The view from the hillock on which the temple is situated is also good.
The distance between the Kedareswara Temple and Guwahati is only 32 km. Therefore, it is not too difficult to reach Kedareshwar temple from the city by a car drive of maximum one hour. The bus services are also available daily to reach this temple site from Guwahati. The closest airport in the area is located at Guwahati, and so is the railway station. If you are on a budget trip, consider the local cabs and auto rickshaws that are cheap modes of transport to the temple.
Best Time to Visit
Since Hajo is located at the sub tropical climate zone, the summer is severe in this part of the city. Therefore, it is not prudent to visit the temple in the late summer months. Similarly, during the monsoon, heat combined with humidity, and incessant rains (precipitation 1978 mm) make it difficult for the tourists to enjoy their trip. The best time of the year to visit the temple will be between October and March as the weather remains cool and dry during this point of time.