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Lord Vishnu

Temple History

Asvakranta is located on a rocky stratum touching the waterfront of the Brahmaputra. Asvakranta literally means ‘ascended by horses’. It is here that Sri Krishna camped with his army before he defeated and killed Narakasur.

Aswakranta is associated with Krishna-Rukamini episode. It is said that Krishna's Asva (horse) was encircled (akranta) by the enemies at this place. It is also believed by some people that the place should be caged as Asvaklanta indicating that Krishna on his way from Kundil Nagar to Dwaraka had to rest here as his horse became tired (klanta).

This particular shrine is considered very much sacred according to the ‘yogini tantra.’ It is believed that an any sinner can achieve salvation by offering worship here.

The deity here is referred to as Anantasayin Vishnu. The word ‘Anantasayin’ refers the reclining position of Lord Vishnu on the body of a serpent, as been depicted by the idol. An idol of Lord Brahma is depicted seated on a lotus, which emerges from the navel of Lord Vishnu. Other idols here at the temple complex are of Goddess Mahamaya and two demons, Madhu and Kaitabha, which are located at one corner of the shrine.

The pilgrimages tours for Asvakranta Temple are quite popular mainly because of its rich culture and of course, its scenic beauty of the surroundings.

The majestic sight of the mountains and hills combined with river and meticulously done carvings on the temple structure is a reason why many visit Asvakranta Temple.

 

Additional Information

Around the Asvakranta Temple, one can visit the eastern site which has the footprint of Lord Krishna, Kurmajanardan and Anantasayi which are two ancient temples devoted to Lord Vishnu and has a flight of stairs that has been built to connect the 3 temples and has survived centuries after construction, and the natural island, Aarparuat, which is visited by numerous white cranes.

Airport : The nearest airport is Guwahati. From here you can easily reach Asvakranta by road. It is only 28 KM

Railhead : The nearest railhead is situated at Agthori which is 6.5 KM from the temple. From Guwahati station Asvakranta is only 24 KM.

Road Transport : Asvakranta is linked by road transport via the Saraighat Bridge across the Brahmaputra. Other option is Guwahati, which is well connected with regular bus services from all the major cities in and around the state. From Kadamtal Bus Stop the temple is only 1.4 KM.

Water Transport : Regular ferry services are available to Asvakranta from from Suklesvar Ghat in Guwahati.
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