Sivadol temple of Assam
The Sivadol temple in the Sibsagar district of Assam is quite famous in all over Assam. At 104 meters, it is believed to be the tallest Siva temple in India.
The Sivadol was built in 1734 by Bar Raja Ambika, the queen of the then Ahom king Swargadeo Siba Singha. Besides the Sivadol, Vishnu dol and Devi dol were also constructed by the queen also in the district of the Sibsagar.
'Siva' means lord Shiva, one of the main deities of the the Hindus and 'dol' means temple. The Sivadol is situated on the banks of Borpukuri tank (It is considered as the largest man made tank in India) in the Sibsagar district of Assam.The temple is 104 meters(32 m) in height and 195 ft(59 m) at the base.(perimeter) On top of the temple is a eight feet high dome(Golden kolosi) made of pure gold. The temple has various Sculptures of Gods and Goddesses on the walls.
This temple is the centre of attraction of tourists from all over India for its gigantic size and its religious value. Maha Shivratri festival which is usually celebrated in the month of February/March is the main attraction of this temple. Thousands of devotees come to offer their prayers during this festival. Another puja 'Hari Krishna' kirton performed in the month of July/August is one of the main attractions of this temple.
The Sivdol is the largest structure in the town of Sibsagar and it is visible from most of the parts of the town. This adds additional charm to the town of SIbsagar. Every year this temple attracts many tourists to the town of Sibsagar.
Unlike most of the famous temples of India, this temple is quite peaceful and there is less crowd in this temple. Hence it is a good place for mental calmness.
Other temples in Assam
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Temples of assam
Gud article. I am just adding that the Britishes tried to bring down the upper dome ( golden kolochi ) by shooting it. Later, it was repaired. The shiv ling was designed so magnificently that automatically water dropped on it from above. But now for some reasons it ceased to work that way.