Then And Now Of Guwahati

Guwahati is one of the largest cities in the state of Assam. It is famous for its historical temples which also gave it the name ‘City of Temples’. With the establishment of numerous wildlife sanctuaries, Guwahati has a diversification of wildlife; where some are even rare to find, namely Asian elephants, pythons, tigers, rhinoceros, gaurs, primate species, and endangered birds.

India is a country with a diverse nature, whether its the people, the places or the culture. So, let us now explore this beautiful place that is remarkable and beautiful.

1. Kamakhya Temple

Then

Probably one of the oldest temple, Kamakhya temple is dedicated to the mother goddess Kamakhya. It is the main temple in a complex of individual temples dedicated to ten Mahavidyas namely, Kali, Tara, Sodashi, Bhuvaneshwari, Bhairavi, Chhinnamasta, Dhumati,Bagalamukhi, Matangiand Kamala. The construction of the temple seems older than 9th Century.

Image Source- www.kamakhyavashikaran.com
Image Source- www.kamakhyavashikaran.com

 

Now

In July 2015, the Supreme Court Of India, transferred the administration of the Temple from the Kamakhya Debutter Board to the Bordewri Samaj. Currently the temple is on the preparations to get ready to welcome around 2.5 million people, for the four-day annual Ambubachi Mela.

Image Source- photos.merinews.com
Image Source- photos.merinews.com

 

2. Umananda Temple

Then

Umananda Temple also called Umananda Devaloiewffwe is a Shiva temple located at the Peacock temple in the middle of Brahamputra river. According to legends, Shiva is said to have resided here in the form of Bhayananda.

The temple of Umananda was built in 1694 A.D. by the Bar Phukan Garhganya Handique by the order of King Gadadhar Singha, who was said to be one of the ablest and strongest rulers of the Ahomdynasty. The original temple was however immensely damaged by a devastating earthquake of 1897, which was reconstructed by a rich local merchant.

Image Source- www.onlytravelguide.com
Image Source- www.onlytravelguide.com

 

Now

The island, where the temple is located is known as smallest inhabited riverine island of the world. Country boats are available on the bank of Brahmaputra take the visitors to the island. The mountain on which the temple has been built is known as the Bhasmacala.

1. The Peacock Island- Image Source- photos.wikimapia.org 2. The Temple- onlinesivasagar.com
1. The Peacock Island- Image Source- photos.wikimapia.org
2. The Temple- onlinesivasagar.com

 

3. Saraighat Bridge

Then

Saraighat bridge was the first rail-cum-road bridge that was opened up on the month of April in the year 1962, by Jawaharlal Nehru the then Prime Minister Of India. According to sources the Bridge has 12 spans and 14,000 tonnes of steel, 4.2 cubic feet concrete, 40,000 tonne of cement, 100 million cubic feet of earthwork were used to construct the bridge, the first of its kind in this part of the country.

Image Source- www.happytrips.com
Image Source- www.happytrips.com

 

Now

In April 2012, the Railways entrusted the IIT Guwahati with the responsibility of studying the effect of age on the bridge. Sources have said that a 40 feet clearance is kept from the normal high flood level to ensure free navigation under the bridge.

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Image Source- 1. im.rediff.com
2. www.travelandflavors.com

 

 

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