On my way to Tawang, I took the road trip through the more familiar route of Tezpur, Assam. Once a small town with very little to boast about, it has now grown leaps and bounds. However, I am trying to trace out the old memories here – one of them is the Mahabhairab Temple. Although, over years, this town has expanded in size and volume, there are certain legacies that distinctly establish the identity of this town.
About Mahabhairab Temple
Legend says that the temple was constructed by the King Banasura, and is of prehistoric significance. The Asura King, and the son of King Bali was believed to have 1000 arms and was a staunch devotee of Lord Shiva. King Banasura had the boon of Lord Shiva as his protector.
The original temple got destroyed during an earthquake in the 19th Century and was reconstructed in the early 20th Century.
The Shivalingam is placed in the inner sanctum of the temple which approaches through a main door. The Shivalingam is about 10 feet in height and occupies almost the entire space of the temple.
The temple design is similar to Sivadol in Sibsagar district, where the temple has an inverted Shivalingam.
Timings:- 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Address:- Mahabhairab, Tezpur, Assam 784001