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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

PREFACE

It has been truly said that ‘there is no part of India which is more interesting in some respects to the student of Hinduism than the Assam Valley’. The fundamental streams of the brahmanical religion had penetrated into Assam at an early period. Saivism, Saktism, and Vaisnavism held sway in various forms. These cults under- went certain modifications in Assam. It is true especially of Saktism.

In India sculpture, fine arts and literature are closely connected with religion. It is the religion which fostered the growth of temples and images.In Assam alsotemple building and the arts of architecture and sculpture grew hand in hand with the spread of religion. The erection of temples in Assam goes back to an early century.

At any rate, the existence of numerous shrines dedicated to Siva, Surya Vishnu and Devi and other deities is fully. Attested to both by inscriptions and contemporary literature. But today not one of these early edifices exist, and the only memorials of ancienttimes consist of jungle cladmounds scattered in such places as Gauhati, Tezpur, Nowgong, Sibsagar, Sadiya and a few big temples belonging to a compara- tively late period.


Author - B.K.Barua & H.V.Sreenivasa Murthy

 

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