The Umananda Shiva temple at Guwahati
is located atop the Bhasmachala Hill or the Hill of ashes
in an island of the Bhramaputra river.
This hill is associated with the legend of Shiva burning Kaama, or the God of
lust to ashes. Tirukkurukkai in Tamilnadu
is associated with the same legend and is regarded as one of the eight Veeratta Stalams of
The island is also known as Urvasi
Island. Located here is the Urvasi Kund - where it is believed that Urvasi the celestial
damsel brings nectar for the enjoyment of Kamakhya.
Shiva - Umanda or Bhayananda is
worshipped with fanfare on full moon days especially on Mondays. Also celebrated here is
the Shiva Chaturdasi.
This temple was built during the reign of the Ahom
ruler Gadadhar Singh in late 17th century. It was renewed later in the 20th century
following its destruction during an earthquake.
Also in Guwahati is the Hastigiri
hill housing a temple to Sukreswara - Shiva believed to have been
worshipped by sage Sukra. This temple with a large Shivalingam was built by the Ahom ruler
Pramatta Singh in late 18th century CE.