Guwahati is a beautiful city and the scrumptious dinner, and a good night sleep got us charged for the next day. Morning after, our cab driver explained how locals derive fresh tea leaves from the Assamese territory to preserve the authentic flavours. As we left for the city centre, we noticed staff of many roadside restaurants and cafes gearing up to start their day. Most of them were opening for Breakfast, and the strong aroma of confectionary items instantly urged an appetite. The bakeries in this area open early morning, and you can tell from the baked aroma of the oven.
Umananda Temple in Guwahati
On the other hand, the driver had turned into our local incarnated guide, his enthusiasm is worth appreciating. Our first sightseeing stop was “Umananda Temple”, situated amidst River Bramhaputra. It’s located on a small island, and has a ferry facility available for tourists and worshippers. Presumably, we took the ferry, visited the holy place of worship and returned in about 40 minutes. Upon return, we stood at the bank of the River Bramhaputra for a few minutes, and breathed the river side cool breeze. At this point, the air itself has so many forms, when it interacts with different elements.
Next on my list was Shri Adityali Navgrah Devalaya. Consecutively, Navagraha temples are devoted to the nine celestial bodies in Hindu astronomy. These celestial bodies are Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, North Lunar Node and South Lunar Node. Many temples contain a shrine dedicated to the Navagrahas, however, the term Navagraha refers to a cluster of nine independent temples, each an abode of one of the Navagrahas.
Enshrined in this particular temple are nine Shivalingam’s! They represent the nine Celestial bodies, each covered with a coloured garment symbolic of the celestial bodies, with a Shivaligam in the centre symbolising the Sun. Ahom King Rajeswar Singha built the Navagraha temple in the late 18th century. In the same way, the Grahswami’s in the temple are warm and friendly. They keep the atmosphere light to encourage peace and love amongst visitors and in house guests.
Balaji Temple in Guwahati
Next we were visiting the most famous Balaji Temple! Before which, we took a small stop over at the Planetarium, one of its kind astronomical research center. Not to mention, the Planetarium uses the Japanese Goto GX instrument. The hardware includes the GX star field projector, sixty special-effects projectors, and the sky theatre’s sound system. No doubt Balaji Temple lives up to its reputation. Above all, as you enter the temple, you will notice spot less surroundings. Additionally, they have a counter that offers ‘prasad’ in small as well as large quantities. In fact, many visitors wish to carry the ‘Prasad’ back home for family and friends. I will be honest, I totally relished the hot steaming Upma, that was served post visit. All in all, this is the place where South meets East, also known as Indra.
Albeit, you must not leave Guwahati before visiting their main market. Moreover, explore the huge range of clothing from contemporary to traditional Nepali jackets, Woollens and Caps.