Umananda Temple in Guwahati is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Located on Peacock Island in the middle of the Brahmaputra River, Umananda Temple is one of the most famous ancient temples in Guwahati.
This temple is one of the fascinating places that gives a fusion of sacred vibes, scenic views, and historical touch. 'Umandanda' is taken from two Hindi words called 'Uma,' another name for Lord Shiva's wife, and 'Ananda,' meaning happiness.
The temple's surroundings are beautiful, which makes it an ideal spot for nature lovers. You will be surprised to know that there are 10 other Hindu gods' idols in the Umananda Temple Guwahati, apart from Lord Shiva. The annual festival of Siva Chaturdasi is the temple's most important festival. It is believed if someone visits the temple and worships on the day when Amavasya falls on a Monday, gets blessed with happiness.
Besides being one of the top places of worship in Assam, Umananda Temple Assam is a great place to sit back and absorb the beauty of the place. Apart from this temple, there are endless tourist attractions that will grace your Guwahati vacation. You can contact our tour experts and book your tour packages for Guwahati and explore the North East beauty like never before.
Everything you need to know about Umananda Temple
Umananda Temple Timings
You can visit Umananda Temple in Guwahati for darshan between 5.30 am and 6 pm.
Best Time to visit Umananda Temple
October to March is the best time to plan a visit to Umananda Temple. For the best experience, visit the temple during Maha Shivratri, as it is celebrated here with great pomp and show. This festival is of the utmost importance here.
History of Umananda Temple
Earlier the temple was known as Umamanda Devaloi, which means 'the abode of Lord Shiva.' The temple was commissioned in 1694 AD by Bar Phukan Gadadhar Singha. However, the order was given by King Gadadhar Singha, who was one of the greatest kings of the Ahom kingdom.
If legends are to be believed, Lord Shiva resides here as Bhayananda. The mountain's name has been derived from the story which says Lord Shiva burnt Kamadeva into ashes when he interrupted Lord Shiva's meditation. At the beginning of creation, Lord Shiva scattered ashes at this spot and gave supreme knowledge to his wife, Parvati. Another legend says that the Goddess Urvasi lives on Peacock Island and brinks nectar or Amrit for Goddess Kamakhya. This is why the island is also known by the name Urvasi Island.
When a Mughal rule in Kamarupa, the Umananda Temple received donations from two famous Mughal emperors, Jahangir and Aurangzeb. The island on which this temple is located was originally built in 1694 AD by King Gadahar Singha. Later, in 1897, an earthquake destroyed it, and a wealthy local merchant reconstructed it.
Architecture of Umananda Temple
Umananda Temple Assam is exquisitely designed and can be reached by stairs. You can see the mastery of the Assamese artisans and architects. Also, the sanctum sanctorum embeds the rock on which Lord Shiva sat to meditate.
How to Reach Umananda Temple Guwahati
The temple is connected to Guwahati and North Guwahati by ferry on the Brahmaputra River. They are available from the Fancy Bazar ghat and the Sukleshwar ghats. Remember they are a bit expensive but offer quite an experience. However, there is a more affordable option. You can take the Inland Water transport that connects Peacock Island to the city of Guwahati from Uzanbazaar Ferry Ghat.