A heart filled with love for the almighty makes you to be the richest soul on earth. The mighty king might have his counting house overflowing with riches. He may have an army of brave soldiers equipped with weapons to conquer lands. But his stature is nothing in front of a tiny ant that has attained spirituality.
The visit to the beautiful HayagrivaMadhava temple energized us all. There was a new lease of vibe in all of us. We all were in love with this part of the world. After the trip to the temple we visited the campus of one of the pioneering institutes of the country, IIT. IIT Guwahati is located on the banks of the River Brahmaputra and spreads across a huge land of 700 acres and has more than 23000 students along with 215 faculty members.
IIT Guwahati is one of the first institutes in the country to feature among Top 100 World University rankings which were released in 2014. It featured on the 87th place among other elite colleges of the world. There are several departments and centres which are providing various technical and non-technical courses as well as funding research in various subjects and themes.
The academic complex of the institute was one of the biggest I had seen in the country. There were students from all parts of the country and even foreign students who were enrolled here. One could hear diverse languages being spoken inside the campus. The institute provides world class facilities to the students so that they are able to do big after the passing out from here.
The research centres of the institute have done quality researches and novel discoveries in the fields of biotechnology and nanotechnology. The academia industry linkage of IIT Guwahati is a model which should be followed by all the institutes of India. The students of this prestigious university have plans and methods to solve all the complex social and economic problems faced by our nations. We all felt that such institutes should be made in every state by providing the necessary infrastructure and quality faculty to train these young minds.
The visit to the academic complex of IIT Guwahati ended in 2 hours. After this we went to have dinner and tried some local cuisines and dishes. The next day we decided to begin our adventures by visiting the Kamakhya temple, one of the most holy temple dedicated to tantric goddesses.
Tea Garden Assam : Even a school student very well knows that Assam is world famous for its quality Tea production as well as the natural beauty of the tea plantation area. Of course, it was on my list of places to visit during my trip to Assam. During your visit to this place, you can walk through the luscious greenery and witness the workers plucking the tea leaves. If you have a love for photography, you can click multiple pictures of the beautiful environment and with the workers as a fond memory of this place.
Sivasagar Tank Assam : The Sivasagar Tank holds its historical importance. It is said that this tank was dug by Queen Ambika in the memory of her husband Swargadeo Sivasingha. It is the 2nd largest man made tank in the state of Assam from which the name of the city is derived. Many prime locations are situated nearby to this tank. The curiosity of any tourist generates when they get to know that the water level of this tank is higher than the town and it always remains the same irrespective to amount of rain throughout the year.
Radisson Blu Hotel Guwahati : Being an Architect by profession, the beauty of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Guwahati struck my eyes! The area surrounding this hotel is beautiful with a freshwater lake nearby. This hotel has proximity to all the prime locations like Assam State Zoo, Nawagraha Temple and many more. The Radisson Blu hotel offers a wide range of cuisines with an excellent dining experience. The spacious rooms have all the facilities that you can think of! On your next visit to this picturesque state, do stay over at this hotel.
I just love this time of the year! From the brass flower vase to your window panes, everything sparkles with the joy of festivity. Diyas lit, rangolis to beautify the floors, bandhanwaars adorned doors and some crackling fireworks to spread the joy not only on earth but all over the sky as well… Diwali is here again! Here’s to a grand celebration!
Ghanshyam House Joysagar Assam : Having a sight for historical as well as modern architecture; I was flabbergasted looking at the sight of Ghanashyam's House, Joysagar. This place is a monument with classic structure and design reminding you of the history. This historical place is looked after by the state government of Assam. Whenever you plan to visit Assam, make sure to experience the beauty of this place.
The travel from Agra to Guwahati was very comfortable. We had travelled around 200 km but there was no tiredness or fatigue in any of us. After a short stay at our hotel for lunch and unpacking we headed for our first place of visit was one of the most holy and famous temples of Assam known as the Hayagriva madhava Temple located on the outskirts of Guwahati.
The place is revered both by the Hindus and the Buddhists of the region. The idol inside the temple is that of Lord Vishnu which resembles Lord Jagannath of Puri. The Buddhist monks believe that Buddha received his incarnation here and the idol inside resembles that of Buddha. The temple is located on a hill which is known by the name of Manikuta. The temple is divided into three parts.
The first part is the centre of the temple, then comes the basement and Shikhara. The Shikhara is one of the best parts of the temple which I loved a lot. It is a pyramid like structure and continues up till the apex point. The whole structure rests on huge pillars of bricks and is considered as one of the addition which was later made to the original structure of the temple. The entrance hall to the temple is also very huge which is made of bricks and measures about 40 feet by 20 feet in area.
Inside the complex of the temple there is a flight of steps which leads to the Garbhagrisha containing the idol of the deity. The entrance to this shrine is made from four blocks of granite. Another beautiful part inside the temple are two stone screens which are cut in the form of lotus flowers. In the exterior of the temple one can find sculptured figures of the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu.
The trip to this temple was a fascinating beginning to our Assam trip. We were very thrilled after visiting this wonder of a temple. after this we headed for our next place which was the academic complex of IIT Guwahati, one of the premier institutes of our nation.
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A big hello to everyone here... I am 'the' Geeta Sharma, a young, vibrant, and fun-loving girl from Agra. As a kid, tall buildings always inspired me and now as I type, I myself have attained a master’s degree in Architecture and am working on several projects in and around my city. Whenever I feel taxed of my job, I find a way out in the nature, my second habitat for obvious reasons! Meditation, camping, and photography are activities for which Mother Nature inspires me! On my way back, I also make it a point to get my mind and body relaxed at nearby spa centres. That is about me and you will find much more in detail with regular blogs and updates from me. So stay tuned and sit tight for new experiences every day!