Assam is a state that has myriads of shrines, temples and religious attractions for the visitors. While the Kamakhya Temple is deemed as the most important holy destination for visitors, there are other shrines and temples of historic significance in Assam too. These temples are situated in various parts of the state. The Shiva temples in Tinsukia are among the important religious destinations of Assam. Tinsukia is a major industrial district but it contains some major sightseeing options including these temples- Shiva Dham and Tillinga Mandir.
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There are other temples to worship lord Shiva in the north east region but the Tilinga Mandir is unique. The distinguishing factor of this temple is the huge number of bells hung on a holy banyan tree. This is the reason it is also called the Bell Temple. The temple is located at Bordubi, which is about 7 km from Tinsukia. In fact, the temple has an architecture that makes it look like a huge bell.
The numerous bells are made of copper, brass and bronze. Apart from the bells, you will find plenty of tridents placed into sand in the premises. As per the folklore, Lord Shiva will fulfill your wish if you donate a bell to the temple. The bells are of varying sizes–from 50 grams to large and heavy ones exceeding 50 kgs. With time, the number of bells just goes up. Earlier, only the tree was used for tying the bells but later iron bars were erected for this purpose. The temple management does not throw away bells that fall off the tree but stores them in a heap. Witnessing so many bells together is quite an experience for any visitor.
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The Shiv Dham
This is another famous temple in Tinsukia for worshiping Lord Shiva. The Shiva Dham, thronged by thousands of pilgrims over the year, is known for its enticing architecture. The idol of Lord Shiva (in sitting posture) is located in centre of a pond here. It remains very crowded during Shivaratri. The temple is encircled by landscaped gardens which looks plesant. The pond has plenty of fish and some turtles and the devotees offer food to them.
Reaching the temple is easy since it is just a km away from Tinsukia town. You may use local transport like auto rickshaw to visit the temple. It is prudent to visit the temple in afternoon as the sunset lends the temple a nice appearance.