Sukreswar Temple in Guwahati
The Sukreswar temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva dates back to the 18th century. The Sukreswar temple premises also have a Vishnu temple and many other complexes and halls for conducting rituals and pujas. The temple also has one of the largest Shivalingas in India. Devotees regularly visit the temple to offer prayers to the Shivalinga which is considered to be the sixth Jyotirlinga in India.
There are two halls adjacent to the Sukreswar temple where marriages and rituals like pujas, post death rituals are conducted.
History of Sukreswar Temple
The Sukreswar temple was constructed by the Ahom king Pramatta Singha in the year 1744. King Pramatta Singha was a famous Ahom king and was known to have built many religious sites and temples across Assam during his rule. King Rajeswar Singha during his time promoted the cause of the Saiva cult and also promoted financial help to the temple in the year 1759.
Importance of Sukreswar Temple
The embankment adjacent to the temple is used for holy dips by the devotees. There is also a ghat known as the Sukreswar ghat located in the temple premises. From the ghat, one can see the boats moving across the river Brahmaputra. According to a popular belief, it is said that a person who performs post-death rituals at the Sukreswar temple will attain ‘moksha’ or peace for the dead.
How to reach Sukreswar Temple:
There are many stalls outside the Sukreswar temple where devotees can also get earthen lamps, incense sticks, flowers and ‘prasad’ to offer to the deity at the temple.