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Suryapahar

Updated on April 8, 2015

Suryapahar is a place in Assam where Hindu gods, Buddhist Stupas and Jain Tirthankaras meet at the same time period. It is interesting because those were the main religious trends in Ancient as well as Medieval India. The name originates from the name of Surya the 'Sun god' of the Hindus. There are a number of Siva 'linga's lying here and there in Suryapahar as well as many 'Stupas' also.

Suryapahar is located in the Goalpara district, 135 km away from Guwahati, the capital of Assam.The terrain is hilly and located in such a silent and tranquil place that might have been proper place for for meditation by the Hindu Yogi or Buddhist monks .

The Mighty Brahmaputra river, life of Assam, snapshot taken from the Naranarayan Setu near Goalpara

Author with a kid In Suryapahar

A vast amount of Buddhist Stupas are located in Suryapahar. Local people took them as Siva lingas at first. The Stupas are domical shaped mounds made of earth or stone. Generally the Stupas are associated with Buddhist religious trends. It shows that the cult of Buddhism was popular among the people of western Assam in the 6th and 7th centuries.

The Stone Stupas of Suryapahar

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