Negheriting Shiva Doul
Location: The sacred temple dedicated to lord Shiva called ‘Nigheriting Shiva Doul’ is built on the northern hillock located in Dergaon, Assam.
Prime Deity: Lord Shiva
Historical era: Between 8th and 9th century
Founder dynasty: Ahom King
Founder King: Swargadeo Rajeswar Singha
Architect: Ghanashyam Khonikar
Care-taker: Bhudhar Agamachari and his family have been deployed as ‘caretaker’ withholding the rights of performing religious rites and rituals and its maintenance as well.
Historical journey of the shrine: Though Negheriting Shiva Doul (Shrine) has its traces in old historic era. Ahom king Susenphaa (1439-1488) found the relics of this temple along with Shiva in the deep forest namely Gajapanemara and delivered orders for its reestablishment.
But the whip of natural disaster again showed it fury when the river Dihing changed its route for merging into the river water. The drowning Shiva lingam was spotted by a Shiva’s devotee in the shallow brook of the river Dihing. Thus, this place has become renowned with the name of ‘Sheetal Nagheri’.
Eventually, Ahom king Swargadeo Rajeswar Singha (1751-1769) took initiative for its revamping and enshrined the sacred relic of lord Shiva called ‘Shiva Lingam’.
Rishi Urba was desirous to establish a second Kashi on this very spot where he had enshrined numerous Shiva Lingas already.
Description of the shrine’s structure:
- Architectural style: Ancient Assamese architecture.
- Significance of its name: The very popular name of shrine ‘Negheriting’ was coined for being a delightful spot of local yet splendid bird called ‘Negheri’. Hence, this shrine got its name as ‘Negheriting’.
- Divine’s shrines nearby: Four more small shrines surrounding this temple are dedicated to Bishnu, Mahesh, Surya and Durga deities respectively.
- Banalinga: A Shiva- lingam of 3 feet in diameter is glorifying the dignity of Shiva’s divinity.
- Deonati custom: The customary ritual of this temple is celebrated with absolute revering delight while dancing and singing prominent songs which is termed as ‘Deonati’.
- Fauna of the shrine: The troupe of Rhesus monkeys contributes to the riches of its surrounding fauna.