The Sukreswar Temple is an important Shiva temple in the state of Assam in India and was constructed in 1744 by Ahom King Pramatta Singha (1744–1751). King Rajeswar Singha (1751–69) who also promoted cause of the Saiva cult made financial provisions for the Sukreswar Temple in 1759.
One of the famous Shiva temples in Guwahati ,the Sukreswar temple is located on the Sukreswar hill or Itakhuli hill in Guwahati. The temple is located towards the southern banks of the Brahmaputra River and provides a picturesque view of the mighty river flowing alongside its banks.
The Sukreswar temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva dates back to the 18th century. The Sukreswar temple premises also have a Vishnu temple and many other complexes and halls for conducting rituals and pujas. The temple also has one of the largest Shivalingas in India. Devotees regularly visit the temple to offer prayers to the Shivalinga which is considered to be the sixth Jyotirlinga in India.
There are two halls adjacent to the Sukreswar temple where marriages and rituals like pujas, post death rituals are conducted.
History of Sukreswar Temple
The history of Sukreswar temple dates back to times associated with the saint Sukra who made hermitage on the famous Sukreswar hillock. 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 Hastagiri as it has the shape like that of the hump of an elephant.
The Sukreswar temple was constructed by the Ahom king Pramatta Singha in the year 1744. King Pramatta Singha was a famous Ahom king and was known to have built many religious sites and temples across Assam during his rule. King Rajeswar Singha during his time promoted the cause of the Saiva cult and also promoted financial help to the temple in the year 1759.
Importance of Sukreswar Temple
The Sukreswar temple attracts large number of devotees every year who come to the temple to offer prayers to Lord Shiva who is the main deity of Sukreswar temple. The main festival held in the Sukreswar temple is the Mahashivratri where the temple is decorated with flowers and lights all around. During this festival, large number of devotees arrive at the temple and the rush line to get a glimpse of the deity comes up to the main roads.
The embankment adjacent to the temple is used for holy dips by the devotees. There is also a ghat known as the Sukreswar ghat located in the temple premises. From the ghat, one can see the boats moving across the river Brahmaputra. According to a popular belief, it is said that a person who performs post-death rituals at the Sukreswar temple will attain ‘moksha’ or peace for the dead.
How to reach Sukreswar Temple:
The Sukreswar temple is easily accessible by road, rail and by air transportation. The temple is located adjacent to the main road and one can easily get buses, autorickshaws and trekkers to the Sukreswar temple. The nearest airport is the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi Airport and the nearest railway station is the Guwahati Junction Railway Station. Devotees can take rickshaws, autorickshaws to the Sukreswar temple located a few kms away.
There are many stalls outside the Sukreswar temple where devotees can also get earthen lamps, incense sticks, flowers and ‘prasad’ to offer to the deity at the temple.