One of the famous Shiva temples in Guwahati, the Sukreshwar temple is located on the Sukreshwar hill or Itakhuli hill in Guwahati. The temple is located in the southern bank of the Brahmaputra River and provides a picturesque view of the mighty river. The Sukreshwar temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva dates back to the 18th century. The Sukreshwar temple complex also has a Vishnu temple and many other complexes and halls. The temple also has one of the largest Shiva lingams in India. Devotees regularly visit the temple to offer prayers to the Shiva lingam which is considered to be the sixth Jyotir-lingam in India.
About The Temple
The Sukreshwar Temple is an important Shiva temple in the state of Assam in India and was constructed in 1744. Leading down from the temple compound is a long flight of steps to the river. Sitting on the steps of Sukreshwar Ghat one can enjoy the scenery of sun setting on the river. There are two halls adjacent to the Sukreshwar temple where marriages and rituals are conducted.
Legend and Stories
The history of Sukreshwar temple dates back to times associated with the saint Sukra who made hermitage on the famous Sukreshwar hill. The saint used to meditate and regularly worship Lord Shiva in that place. As per the Kalika Purana, the hillock where the saint used to pray is called Hasthagiri as it has the shape like that of the hump of an elephant.
The Sukreshwar temple was constructed by the king Pramatta Singa in the year 1744. King Pramatta Singa was a famous king and was known to have built many religious sites and temples across Assam. King Rajeswar Singa during his time promoted the cause of the Shiva cult and also prompted financial help to the temple in the year 1759.
According to legend, Sage Shukra had his hermitage on this hillock. He used to worship Lord Shiva in this temple. Originally dating to the 18th century, the temple is believed to have the largest Shiva lingam in India. The Kalikapurana identifies the hillock as Hasthigiri hills due to its shape like the hump of an elephant.
Shiva Chaturdashi and Maha Shivrathri are the festivals celebrated in this temple.
Guwahati Airport is the closest airport.
Guwahati railway station is the closest railhead.
Bus services connect Guwahati from most places within and out of the state of Assam.
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 opens at 06:00 AM and closes at 07:00 PM.