Sivasagar Shiva Dole of Assam
Sivasagar Shiva Dole of Assam

Sivasagar Shiva Dole, a temple complex is located at Sivasagar, Sibsagar district, state of Assam and also dedicated to Lord Shiva,Lord Vishnu and Goddess Durga. This complex is located on the banks of the Sivasagar, the Ocean of Lord Shiva, which is also called as Borpukhuri tank. The holy Borpukhuri tank was said to be built in the period between 1731 and 1738, which occupies an area of about 257 acres. Sivasagar Shiva Dole comprises of composition of three Hindu temples and other shrines also with museum inside the temple complex. The three Hindu temples are:

  1. Shiva Dole, dedicated to Lord Shiva
  2. Vishnu Dole, dedicated to Lord Vishnu
  3. Devi Dole, also known as Joidol, dedicated to Goddess Durga

The Sivasagar Shiva Dole was believed to be built by Bar Raja Ambika, the queen of Siba Singha, the Ahom King, in the year 1734. Sibsagar was the capital of Ahom kingdom till the British Rule was established in India. The temple majestically stands at a height of 104 feet and the base perimeter of about 195 feet, crowned with a golden dome which is of 8 feet height. Sivasagar Shiva Dole is built in the Shikhara style of architecture, built with stone and bricks and the central tower of the temple is believed to be the tallest tower in India.

Specialty

The presiding deity of Sivasagar Shiva Dole temple is Shiva Lingam, the infinite nature of Lord Shiva, which is interconnected with an antarala, a small antechamber or foyer between the sanctum sanctorum and the mandapam. The special picturesque beauty was that there is a church and two mosques located on the banks of the Borpukhuri tank. The walls of the temple are adorned with beautiful sculptures and floral designs.

The astonishing sculptures of Goddess Durga with two arms, four, six, ten and sixteen arms are found in this temple. Goddess Durga with sixteen arms is seen holding various weapons is sensed as a Pan Himalayan trop took up in plastic arts of Ahom architecture. Goddess Durga was portrayed killing Mahishasura, a demon king, riding a lion, which indicates euphonious blend of Hindu culture with Shaktism. Vishnu Dole temple and Devi Dole temple are architecturally alike to Shiva Dole temple.

Festivals

  • Mahashivaratri – February or March
  • Hare Krishna kirtan – August or September
  • Durga Pooja Festival – September or October
  • Dol Purnima – February or March
  • Rath Yatra – June or July
By Road

Sivasagar is well connected by road with the rest of the state. State-run buses connect it to Guwahati, Dibrugarh, and Jorhat from the Assam State Transport Corporation’s bus station in Sivasagar.


By Train

The nearest railway station on the Tinsukia-Guwahati sector of the North East Frontier Railways is located at Simaluguri, 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) from Sivasagar.


By Air

The closest airport is Jorhat Airport located at Jorhat, 75 km away from Sivasagar. It is connected, via regular flights, to cities like Guwahati, Kolkata, Bangalore, and Delhi. Sivasagar is also connected to Dibrugarh and Shillong. The next nearest airport is Dibrugarh Airport, located at a distance of 95 km from the city.

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