Hatimura Archaeological Site, Nagaon District

The Hatimura Temple site is situated at Jakhalabandha in Nagaon District. The temple is situated on a hillock on the bank of the mighty River Brahmaputra. A rock-cut dasabhuja figure of Durga is found on the hillock and the brick temple was constructed by Swargadeo Pramatta Singha (C.E. 1744-1751). There is also a stone inscription carved in the antara of the temple. The temple enshrining the rock-cut Durga is surrounded by a brick enclosure wall. A rock-cut chaturbhuja Ganesha is found at the site. The site is surrounded by the Brahmaputra in three directions and bears panoramic natural beauty.

Information courtesy: Directorate of Archaeology Assam

The Hatimura Temple is dedicated to Shakti and the current temple was perhaps built on the ruins of an old stone temple in the Saka year 1667 (1745 to 46 A.D.) in the reign of King Pramatta Singh of the Ahom dynasty. The structure of Hatimura temple is similar to Siva Doul of Sivasagar. The presiding deity of the temple is the Mahisamardini. It used to be an important center of Shaktism in ancient Assam. The Goddess is represented with slender waist, ten hands and holding different weapons in each hand. She is seen placing her right foot on the lion and pressing the shoulder of the buffalo demon with her left. She pierces the trident through the body of the demon and has fastened his arm with a noose. The lion is also represented attacking the demon.

While driving to Upper Assam (Kaziranga/Jorhat/ Dibrugarh/Tinsukia) from Tezpur/Guwahati, at Jakhalabandha, turn left towards Silghat, after about 3 kms, you will reach Hatimura Temple (Hatimura Archaeological site). The temple is surrounded by Brahmaputra river in three directions and bears panoramic natural beauty.

Jakhalabandha to Kaziranga is 45 minutes (approx.) drive.

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