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Temples & Legends of Assam
Index Of Assam Kulapati's Preface
Preface Author's Introduction
Introduction Kamakhya
Asvakranta Vasisthasrama
Umananda Ugra Tara
Sukresvara  The Navagraha
Hajo Dah Parbatiya
Sib Sagar Tamresvari
Sri Surya Ruins The Hatimura Temple
The Satras-I The Satras-II
The Satras-III The Barpeta Satra
Majuli Satra Glossary
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

TEMPLES IN KAMRUP DISTRICT

The most celebrated incarnation in the Vaisnava cult of the province is Krishna. In fact the Krishna legend formed an essential element of Vaisnavism in Kamarupa. Hayagriva (Visnu with horse head) is the name of one of the incarnations of Visnu. Under this name, he is specially worshipped in Assam even to day in the Hayagriva Madhava temple at Hajo. It is built on a hill called Manikuta.

As regards the origin of this avatara (incarnation) the Santiparva section of the Mahabharata relates that at one time, while Visnu was sleeping and Brahma was on the lotus, issued out of the navel of Visnu, two demons Madhu and Kaitabha, who took away the Vedas from Brahma and went to Rasatala. Brahma, being much aggrieved at this, awoke Visnu, and prayed for the recovery of the Vedas. Visnu assumed the Hayagriva form, recovered the Vedas, and gave them to Brahma.

He then went to sleep in the northeast corner of the great sea in his Hayagriva form. The demons came to him and invited him to fight, in which they were killed. According to other accounts, it was the Asura Hayagriva who stole away the Vedas, which were subsequently recovered by Visnu.

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