Hajo is the centre for various religions, located about 28 km across the Brahmaputra. It is a place that sees the confluence of three religions - Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists. Hajo is renowned for its bell metalwork, and beautiful temples. Not only this, but Hajo is also considered to be a Muslim pilgrimage centre since the mosque - Pao Mecca built by Pir Ghiasuddin Aulia is situated here.
According to Hindu mythology, the Pandavas had taken shelter here. One can see the stone bowl used by Bhima during this agyatvas. Do visit the Hayagriva Madhava Temple, accessible via a long stone stairway. At the foot of the stairway, there is a large pond inhabited where Hajo's oldest residents - a giant turtle lives.
Top Tourist Places to Visit in Hajo
- Hayagriva Madhava Temple : 30 miles to the west of Guwahati, Hayagiri Mahadeva Temple showcases the image of Vishnu, resembling the image of Jagannath at Puri in Orissa. The temple is regarded as a Buddhist shrine by Buddhist Lamas and Butiyas. It is believed that Lord Buddha attained Nirvana here. The temple was later destroyed by Kalapahar and was rebuilt in 1543 by Raghudev - the Koch king. A smaller temple was built by Ahom king Pramatta Singh where Doul is celebrated with grandeur each year.
- Powa-Mecca : Along the Madhav temple, there is a Muslim shrine - Powa-Mecca (1/4th Mecca). According to the inscription on one of its walls, it was built by Mir Lutufullah-i-Shiraji in 1657.
Some other sightseeing places in Hajo are Guwahati, Tezpur, and Pobitora - a small wildlife sanctuary, about 60 km from Guwahati.
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