This Shiva Temple is located in “Umananda” the smallest river island in the midst of river Brahmaputra flowing through the city of Guwahati in Assam. The British named the island Peacock Island for its structure.
According to Hindu mythology, Shiva created the island for his wife Parvati’s happiness and pleasure. Shiva is said to have resided here in the form of Bhayananda. According to a myth in Kalika Purana, Shiva burnt Kamadeva with his third eye on Umananda when he interrupted Shiva’s deep meditation, hence the Island is also known as Bhasmachal.
Maha Shivaratri is widely celebrated in Umananda. Monday is considered to be the holiest day in the temple and the new moon brings bliss to the pilgrims. The island can be reached in via 10-minute ferry ride, available from Umananda or Kachari Ghat, located near Guwahati High court.
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How to Reach:
To reach the umananda temple , one has to cross the river in a boat. It can be reach from Guwahati and North Guwahati by ferries and steamers. These boat service is available from the Kachari ghat. There is also a ferry service that is available from 7 am in the morning to 5 pm in the evening.
Peacock Island, Baruah Souk, North Guwahati, Guwahati, Assam 781030