Bhairabi Temple

Tezpur, Assam

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The Bhairabi temple is situated on the outskirts of the town Tezpur, in the state of Assam, India. The temple is primarily dedicated to Goddess Durga who graces here in the form of Devi Bhairabi. The temple has many legendary tales associated with it. The temple stands highly revered among its devotees and is situated in a serene location with an air of spirituality and divinity. The temple also provides picturesque views of the splendid Kolia Bhomora Setu and Bamuni Hills.

The Goddess Bhairavi is worshipped here as She is one of the Mahavidyas of Ma Durga Devi. It is a very important Shakti Peeth of Assam. The backdrop of the temple is a view looking towards the Kolia Bhomora Setu across the Brahmaputra River. The temple site is also locally known Bhairabi Devalaya. Legend has it that Usha (daughter of mighty Asura King Banasura) regularly came here for the worshipping of the Goddess. 

About a couple of kilometres away lie the Bamuni Hills where one can view the ruins of the palace that stood many centuries ago. The art work on stone carvings that were used within the structure are from the 9th century. Likewise, the 400-year-old Bhairabi temple has tilted slightly and a nearby building suffered damage to the west and south sides of the second and third stories and cracked the pillars and an unhinged roof due to an earthquake. Following the damage, religious ceremonies or daily prayers have come to a halt.

The temple is now managed by the government through the office of the District Deputy Commissioner and the Temple belongs to the family of the Borthakur's of Tezpur (Shri Dilip Borthakur,Shri Barenya Ranjan Barthakur, and Shri Aditya Prakash Barthakur). There are sacrificial offerings of goats, ducks, pigeons, etc. that still occurs regularly here.The Durga Puja celebration is performed in a very grand way in this temple.

The entrance to the temple is through a very long staircase that leads up from the approach road to the temple itself. There are numerous facilities for the purchase of ghee lamps, sweets and fruits etc. that are offered during prayers for blessings. This is really a place of scenic beauty and a path towards The Divine. The temple is a sidhapitha where people offering prayer and fulfill their wants with the blessings of Maa Bhairabi. A people who believe in Goddess he or she can only get the blessings.

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