Hajo is a small village in Kamrup district
32-kms west of Guwahati. It is a place of
pilgrimage both for Hindus, Muslims and
Buddhists. It was known as a great centre of
culture and learning in the past. Hajo also
served as the camp of the Mohammedans during
there invasions of Assam and was included in
the 'Koc' kingdom. It is now one of the
important centers of Community Development.
The Sacred Shrines
The Hayagriva-Madhava temple on the Manikuta
hill is one of the few most popular
Vaishnava Tirthas of Assam. Though the
temple here was renovated in AD 1583, it
still bears sculptures and features, which
can be assigned to 8th-9th century AD.
Another temple in the precinct of this
temple is a stepped structure known as the
Fakuwa Dol, which does not resembles any
traditional form of Hindu temple
architecture. The foothill of this hill
contains a pond with numerous fishes and the
visitors derive additional pleasures by
attracting them with eatables.
Half a kilometer east of the Hayagriva
Madhava temple exists the Ganesh Mandir. The
site of the temple originally contained a
big image of Ganesh cut on the western face
of huge rock, over which the present brick
temple was built during the late-medieval
Kedar Temple & Devi
The Kedar temple exists on the top of the
Kedar Hill. It is a stone-built Shiva
temple, which can be reached by scaling a
hilly path from the foothills. On the same
hill exists another historical temple, Jai
Durga by name popularly known as a Devi
temple. There is also an old pond near these
temples, which is equally venerated as a
pious shrine by the pilgrims.
A Pious Place Of
Hajo is believed by the Bhutanese people as
the place of "Parinirvana" (i.e. death) of 'Mahamuni'
alias the Buddha. They believe the image
inside the Hayagriva-Madhava temple to be
that of Mahamuni.
Poa Mecca - An Islamic
The lofty Garurachala Hill beside the Kedar
Hill contains a holy shrine of the
Mohammedans. It is known as Poa Mecca and
contains a mosque and the grave of a saint.
A Persian epigraph at this site show that
the old mosque, which is present no more,
was built during the reign of the Mughal
Emperor Shah Jahan in AD 1657.
The grave here is believed to be of
Giyasuddin Auliya who came in 16th century
AD to preach Islam in this region. It is
also believed that the preacher brought a
lump of earth from Mecca and enshrined the
same at a spot where the mosque was built in
a later period. The orthodox Muslims believe
that Poa Mecca blesses a pilgrim with
one-forth of piety, which can be achieved by
a pilgrimage to Mecca. Though situated at
the peak of a lofty hill, Poa Mecca can be
visited by a light vehicle through a
well-pitched meandering road.
HOW TO GET THERE
Air:Guwahati is the nearest airport from
Rail: The nearest railhead from Hajo is also
situated at Guwahati.
Road: A motorable road from Guwahati links
Hajo with the rest of state.
WHERE TO STAY
There are not many options for one to stay
Hajo and therefore the visitor has to halt
at Guwahati itself, which is well equipped
with some of the best accommodations in the
state. The options include from five star
hotels to guesthouses and tourist lodges
that are available at reasonable prices.