Ketakeshwar Dewal is one of the holiest Hindu shrines in the northeast zone of India. The entire temple is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva and enshrines one of the biggest Shiva lingams in the entire world. Over the years, the temple has emerged as the most important pilgrimage centre in the state of Assam. A local committee of Tezpur looks after the development and maintenance of the temple as well the area that forms a part of its surroundings.
About The Deity
The temple has two parts - the first part comprises of the area where the original Shiva lingam was supposed to have been enshrined, before it was shifted. The second part is the area where the lingam is currently located. The latter part is located a few kilometers away from the original base of the lingam. According to legends, the Shiva lingam got uprooted during a severe earthquake that shook Tezpur and was deposited at its present place, on its own.
About The Temple
The temple is open for visitors and devotees all-round the year and is usually crowded by pilgrims from all parts of Assam and also from outside the state. The natural formation of the Shiva Lingam makes it very special in the hearts of the pilgrimage. The original Dewal was in the middle of bamboo groves with a narrow lane for devotees to approach on foot. But recently, a complete shelter has been constructed around the site, in a bid to protect the holy area from the natural elements and also to enable the devotees to offer their prayers properly and in a more convenient manner.
How to Reach Ketakeshwar Dewal
The Dewal lies on the Ketekibari Field link road and it is quite a distance away from Tezpur. But it is well connected and you can always hire a taxi or catch a bus to the nearby Varatak bus stop.
The Tezpur Railway station is almost 5 kms away from Ketekibari and the continuous availability of buses and taxis make the commuting very comfortable for tourists.
The Tezpur Airport is less than 10kms away from the Ketakeshwar Dewal and it is connected by the national high way with a high frequency of buses and taxis.
Assam - 784150.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.
The temple is open from 6AM to 9PM.