Pilgrimages of Assam
Pilgrimage is Assam is one of the most pacifying and leveling experiences one can ever have. Assam is home to many important and sacred shrines belonging to different religion. This has made Assam a sacred place for people of these faiths. It also shows the religious tolerance that the people of Assam have. The presence of many operating Buddhist Monasteries shows us that Assam is still an important Buddhist destination.
Most of these holy sites are situated amidst some breathtaking scenic places giving the pilgrims a peak into the natural beauty of Assam along with the opportunity to worship the gods and ask for their blessings. The temples and mosques of Assam are probably the oldest and architecturally most stunning in entire north east India.
Satras of Majuli
World's largest river island Majuli is the seat of several Satras established by Vaishnava revivalist, Sankardeva. During Rasotsava several thousand devotees visit these holy Satras every year.
Situates on the Neelachala Parvat on the outskirts of Guwahati, Kamakhya Temple is definitely the most famous temple in Assam. The Temple is dedicated to Goddess Shakti and is the greatest shrine of 'Tantrik Shaktism' in entire India. The temple was reconstructed in 17th century by King Nara Narayana after it got destroyed in 16th century.
The shikhara of the temple resembles the shape of a beehive giving it a distinct look from other temples. The most interesting fact is that there are images of Lord Ganesha, Goddess Chamundeswari, and many dancing figures, but there is no image of Goddess Shakti.
Barpeta Satra and Kirtanghar
This famous Shrine and Kirtanghar attracts Vaishanavas from all over India. It was established by Madhadeva, the greatest disciple of Shankerdeva.
One of the finest example of ancient architecture, Da-Parbatiya of Tezpur dates back to 5th-6th century. The structure is not more than a door frame but the intricate carvings on it represents the best of Gupta art.
Sri Purva Tirupati Balaji Temple
Sri Purva Tirupati Balaji Temple is probably the youngest of all temples in Assam and the most recent addition to the list of temples in the city of Guwahati. The main attraction of the temple is the pure white and imposing structure makes the temple a major attraction in the city. The main deity of Sri Purva Tirupati Balaji Temple is Lord Balaji. The statue of the deity is carved out of a single rock weighing 4 tonnes. Many pilgrim visit the temple to witness the regular pujas and religious ceremonies making the temple, a very important pilgrimage destinations. At the starting of the temple, there is a Ganesha Shri.
Dargah of Ajan Pir
The dargah of Muslim saint Shah Aulia alias Ajan Fakir, who led a Muslim reform movement in Assam, is a revered place of pilgrimage for the Muslims and Hindus alike.This is in a place known as Sahaguri Chapari near Sibsagar.
Situated at a place called Hajo, it is one of the most important pilgrimage destination for Muslims in India and the most visited worshiping place for Muslims in Assam. This Mosque was build by Pir Giasuddin Aulia and is said to give one fourth purity of what is achieved when one pays a visit to Holy Mecca in Saudi Arabia.