Doul Govinda TempleSituated on the northern banks of the Brahmaputra river, on the foot hills of Chandrabharati hill, the Doul Govinda temple is one of the most important religious spots in Guwahati, Assam. The presiding deity in the temple is Lord Krishna. This temple is one of the most revered shrines of lord Krishna in Guwahati. There is a Namghar (Assamese place of worship) in the temple premise. The Doul Govinda temple is also known to possess immense scenic beauty. Many tourists come to visit the temple and offer their praying to Lord Krishna.
Legend Relating Doul Govinda TempleIt is said that one Ganga Ram Barua of Nalbari brought the idol of Lord Krishna from Sandhyasar- a secluded place near Nalbari and installed it in Rajaduar. He used to perform regular "puja" and “archana” in the temple. From that time onwards regular “puja” and “archana” is performed in the Doul Govinda temple and the festival of Holi is celebrated here. The first original structure of the temple was built over a hundred and fifty years ago and it was again renovated in 1966. Presently, the Doul Govinda temple is managed by a committee of 25 members.
Worship in Doul Govinda TempleDaily worship of Lord Krishna takes place in the Doul Govinda temple. The worship in the temple begins with the opening of the temple at 7 am daily. The idol of lord Krishna is bathed with traditional rituals and practices followed by “archana”. Devotees start coming to the temple after the opening of the temple to offer prayer to the lord. The process continues till the end of the day. The temple doors are closed for a period of time during noon for offering “bhog” to the lord which is followed by distribution of the “bhog” to the devotees in a hall. In the evening “Arati” is done of the lord singing devotional songs.
Festivals Celebrated in Doul Govinda TempleThe Doul Govinda temple is famous for celebrating the festivals of lord Krishna. Different festivals are celebrated in the Doul Govinda temple throughout the year. Among all the festivals celebrated in the temple the festival of colours is the foremost. Holi is celebrated here with much fanfare and gaiety in the temple. The festival of Holi is celebrated for a period of five days in the temple. Local people celebrate Holi in the temple by organizing different programmes. During this time of the year thousands of pilgrims gather here in the temple to celebrate the festival of colours. Janamastami is another festival celebrated with equal enthusiasm in the Doul Govinda Mandir like Holi. The celebration of the festival draws a huge number of devotees to the temple. Throughout the night “puja” and “hom-jagya” is performed in the temple during Janasmastami. The temple also celebrates the Maghi Purnima festival. During this time “bhog” is prepared and distributed among the devotees.
Address of Doul Govinda TempleFor any information regarding the Doul Govinda temple the following can be contacted:
Shri Shri Doul Govinda Temple
Location: Rajaduar, North Guwahati, Dist. Kamrup, Guwahati- 781030, Assam
How to Reach Doul Govinda TempleSpecial ferry and steamer services are available from Fancy Bazar Ferry Ghat in Guwahati to the temple. This is the fastest means to reach the temple.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to the temple is Guwahati Railway station.
By Road: Trekkers are available from Kharguli, Adabari and Jalukbari in Guwahati to reach the temple. Bus, auto rickshaw and taxis are available within the city to reach the temple.