Place Of Interest

Sibsagar

Sivasagar is the headquarter of Sivasagar district of Assam. Once it was an ancient capital of Ahoms, who ruled Assam nearly six hundred years before the British ruled the Assam. The town, which literally means 'the ocean of Lord Shiva', is strewn with the tell-tale ruins of a powerful empire. The most remarkable landmark of the town is the 200 year old Sivasagar tank. Sivasagar is famous for three ancient temples situated on the bank of Sivasagar tank in the middle of the city- Shivadol, Vishnudol and Devidol. The Shivadol is a Shiva temple one of the highest temples in India." The Ocean of Shiva"- lies 60-km east of Jorhat and 369-km from Guwahati and is an important centre for the tea and oil trades. It's cluster of monuments from six centuries of Ahom rule are still of significance to modern Assamese culture.

A huge artificial tank, constructed by Queen Madambika in 1734, lies at the heart of the complex. Rising from its southern shore, the massive plain 32-metre-high Shivadol is the tallest Shiva temple in India, flanked by smaller temples dedicated to Durga and Vishnu. Pilgrims come from all over the state visit this temple during the Shivaratri festival. On the western shore of the lake next to a park, the Tai Ahom Museum contains a few ill-labeled artifacts.
 

Modern Sivasagar is a fast developing town and is the headquarters of the district of the same of name. The Eastern Regional Headquarters of the Oil and natural Gas commission is located at Nazira only a few kilometers away from the town.

There are several worship and historical monuments in and around Sivasagar for tourist attraction. Several Vaishvava satras, Bhudhist and Sakta shrines, more than 500 tanks, Muslim Dargaha and several historical places. Some famous places to visit are :

Rang Ghar

The first amphitheatre in Asia. A two-storied oval-shaped pavilion from which members of the Ahom royal family watched elephant fights and other sporting events. It was built by King Pramatta Singha (1744-1754) and stands close to the Kareng Gha.

Kareng Ghar and Talatal Ghar

About 6 km from Sivasagar town, a seven storied palace is known as Kareng Ghar and Talatal Ghar. This palace has three storeys underground and has four upper storeys. The underground storeys are called Talatal Ghar and the upper storeys are called Kareng Ghar. There were two underground tunnels from the Talatal Ghar connecting Dikhow River and Gargaon place, which were later blocked by the East India Company. This palace was built by King Rudra Singh in 1696 - 1714.

Jayasagar Tank and Temples

About 5 km from Sivasagar, Jayasagar Tank was built by king Rudra Singh memory of his mother, Joymoti, a patriotic martyr in 1697 at Rangpur (5-km). It covers an area of 318 acres and on its bank 3 temples famous temples of Joydol (Vishnu), Shivadol (Shiva) and Devidol, were built in 1698 by the same monarch which are highly revered.

Gauri Sagar Tank and Temples

Gauri Sagar Tank is located 12 km from Sivasagar, was built by Rani Phuleswari Devi in 1722 - 1791. and was dedicated to goddess Durga. It is covering an area of 150 acres. Two big temples of Shivadol and Vishnudol are built on the bank of this tank.

Rudra Sagar Tank and Temples

Rudra Sagar Tank is located 8 km from Sivasagar. This tank was built in 1773 by King Lakshmi Singha in memory of his father King Rudra Singha. A famous temple of Shiva is built on the bank of the tank.

Charaideo

Charaideo is 28 km from Sivasagar, was the ancient capital of Ahom Kings. Burial vaults of Ahom kings and their relatives are found in this place.

Ajan Pir Dargah Shariff

Ajan Pir Dargah Shariff is located 22 km from Sivasagar at Saraguri Chapori town. Thousands of devotees gather here to pay homage on the day of 'URS'.

 

 
 
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