Chitralekha Udyan Assam- Ideal for Children

After exploring the Hayagriva Madhava temple, we were a bit hungry and so we had our lunch at a roadside restaurant on the way. I am an avid lover of food and was extremely happy to taste noodles and various other dishes in their true form. From there, we moved on to our next destination which is known as Chitralekha Udyan Assam. It is also known as Cole Park and located close to the heart of Tezpur. We were simply fascinated by the picturesque construction of the park.

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Chitralekha Udyan Assam | Image Resource : allresourceupdates.wordpress.com

One of the visitors told us that both the names i.e. Cole Park and Chitralekha Udyan are synonymous and not different. He also told us that the name of the park has been derived from a love story of Aniruddha and Usha, found in Agnigarh. The park acts as a host to different types of painting and drawing competitions organized by schools located nearby. Inside the park, we could spot the famous Bhomoraguri inscriptions which showcase plans of building a bridge over the Brahmaputra. Incidentally, there is a bridge called Koila Bhomora Setu at the same site.

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Koila Bhomora Setu | Image Resource : commons.wikimedia.org

We also went to the pond where we hired a paddle boat and had some fun. After that, we moved on to the next section of amusements called Bumping Cars. We could see that the cars were brand new and in good condition which clearly showed. My child was also fascinated to have a sight of Valiant MIG 21 which is considered to be one of the premiere jet fighter models of the Indian aviation industry. The actual aircraft is considered to be the first supersonic airplane to become a part of Indian Air Force.

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Jet Fighter Monument, Chitralekha Udyan | Image Resource : en.wikipedia.org

There was a map of the country’s states as existed before 2000 and made of concrete. We also had fun near the lake where small sized paddle boats and rowing are allowed. The name of the park is derived from its founder Mr. Cole. It came into existence in the year 1906 and comprises of a restaurant, open air theatre and beautifully decorated walkways. We also came to know that the park underwent renovation in 1996 due to the efforts of the then Deputy Commissioner, Mr. MGVK Bhanu

Hayagriva Madhava Temple Assam- A Place of Pilgrimage for Hindus As Well As Buddhists

From the Guwahati Planetarium, we moved on to our next destination which was the Hayagriva Madhava Temple Assam. It is located on what is known as Monikut Hill in an area called Hajo at a distance of 30km on the western side of Guwahati. We came to know that the present form of the temple was built in 1583 by King Raghudeva Narayan. There are some legends which state that the original form of the temple was built during the sixth century by a King from Pala dynasty.

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Hayagriva Madhava Temple | Image Resource : hunt.in

We were really mesmerized by the manner in which a temple was carved out of stone. Inside the temple, there is an image belonging to Hayagriva Madhava. One of the local devotees told us that the some of the Buddhists think that Lord Buddha attained the stage of Nirvana at the site where Hayagriva Temple is located. The temple was huge in size and we were amazed with its imposing construction. On the body of the temple, we could see images of elephants arranged in rows. Some of theartistic works represented the fineness of the then Assamese form of art.

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View of Guwahati City | Image Resource : flickr

We also visited the massive pond which is located close to the temple and is known as Madhab Pukhuri. One of the guides lingering around in the premises of the temple told us that every year festivals like Janmashtami, Bihu and Doul are celebrated with great pomp and show at the temple. One of the most peculiar things about the temple is its rich association with both Buddhism and Hinduism.

Many Buddhist monks, Bhutiyas and lamas from different corners of the world visit this temple. One of the legends associated with the temple tells that a number of paiks was donated by the Kaila Bhomora Borpukan’s first wife called Sayani. She even donated a huge plot of land in order to take good care of the Hayagriva Madhava Temple. Inside the temple, there is Lord Vishnu’s image which is similar to Lord Jagannath of Puri. We also came to know that the name Hayagriva stands for an incarnation of Lord Vishnu with the head of a horse.

Travel Photo of The Week : Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium Assam

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Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium Assam | Image Resource : snipview.com

Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium Assam : On my way back to my hotel I decided to make a stop at the famous Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium. This huge infrastructure has some quite interesting attractions. The stadium holds major Olympic meets and is among one of the best stadiums in India.