Da Parbatia Temple
Location: This renowned Hindu temple is situated on the outskirt of Tezpur in Assam that represented the significant capital of King Banasura , the Asura King.
Presiding deity: Lord Shiva
Historical era: 6th century
Founder dynasty: Ahom King
History of the temple: The genesis of this shrine has its root in 6th century under the ruling dynasty of Ahom king of the contemporary era. But as ‘natural calamities befall without sending any call’, consequently, Da Parbatia also had to witness the destructive tremor/earthquake which had hit Assam in 1897.After rising from its remnants, there is just a revealing door frame for evoking the memory of its old structure.
Caretaking authority: Archaeological Survey of India
- The enriched heritage of Assam has several tales in its annals. One of the utmost popular tales regarding Da Parbatia shrine goes that Tezpur, as being a capital of Asura king Banapur, has been a spectacular religious spot where the ruler used to visit for appeasing lord Shiva in the form of Maha Bhairava at this very shrine. Aforementioned shrine was built by the similar king at the region namely Dah Parbatiya.
Banasura confined his daughter, Usha, in the castle that was built as crowning to the hill. The castle was insured by the encircled fire so that his daughter would never ever escape from the isolated cum fiery surrounding. This sentence was the consequence of her love for Anirudh, the grandson lord Sri Krishna to whom she visualized in her dream.
For healing the wound of soul at unrest, Chitralekha, her friend came to her rescue. As the mistress of sorcery and bedecked with mystic power, her friend succeeded in dragging Anirudh to Banasura’s palace. On identifying him as his daughter’s beloved, Banasura captivated him. Since nothing can remain untouched through the sight of almighty so lord Krishna, as being the preserver of the entire universe, conquered the battle against Banasura and freed both lovers.
Description of the temple:
- Lingam: The icon symbolizing lord Shiva is called Lingam. This lingam appears as erected in the square cavity for the general view and worshipping purpose.
- Concrete door frame: The frontal part of the shrine has a concrete door frame on which the magnetic figurines of goddess Ganga & Yamuna are sculpted while holding stony garland in their hands. The sculpted figurines glue the eyes of the visitor which seem standing in order to welcome the deity Shiva.