Asvakranta Temple



Location :
The Asvakranta temple is located in north of Guwahati in Assam. The temple is one of the important and the greatest Vishnu shrines of Assam, the very famous Asvakranta temple is located on a rocky stratum touching the waterfront of the Brahmaputra.

Significance of the Temple
Asvakranta Temple
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.

Two rows of 'nagakanyas' or female serpent figures are seen praying to the lord with their hands folded. The shrine is adorned with artistic carvings.
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Legend defines the word Asvakranta with the literal meaning as 'ascended by horses'. It is at this place that Sri Krishna camped with his army before he defeated and killed the demon Narakasur.

Asvakranta Temple
Asvakranta Temple is associated with Krishna-Rukmini episode. It has been said that Krishna's Asva (horse) was encircled (akranta) by the enemies at this particular place. There is a strong belief of some people that the place should be caged as Asvakranta indicating that Krishna on his way from Kundil Nagar to Dwaraka who had to rest here as his horse became tired (klanta).

Other places to Visit
Kurmajanardan and Anantasayi
The Footprints of Lord Krishna is being said to be found at the rocky outcrop at the eastern side bordering the river. It allegedly contains a footprint, which is supposed to be that of Krishna. The devotees visit this place to perform 'Shraddha' ceremonies of the departed souls regularly in the temple.

The Aarparuat or the flat-topped Screen-Hill is very much a small Island, only of 100 metres off the bank of Brahmaputra River. Apart from its natural beauty, there is an island which is the abode of thousands of white cranes, which offer added attraction to the visitors.
Nearby tourist places to Ananta Vasudeva Temple



Asvakranta Temple

Accommodation Facilities at the Temple
Asvakranta Assam can be reached by motor boats that are available at Suklesvar Ghat (Guwahati). Asvakranta is favoured for its scenic beauty. From here one can enjoy the east-west expanse of Guwahati situated on the other bank of the river. Accommodation facilities are very much available at reasonable prices in Guwahati with options varying from luxury to budget hotels.

How to reach the Temple
  • Through Air the temple can be reached by the nearest airport in Guwahati. From here one can easily reach Asvakranta by road.

  • Through Railways the nearest railhead is situated at Guwahati so that one can reach the temple easily.

  • Through Road - the Asvakranta temple 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.

  • There is even facility for devotees for reaching the temple through the Water Transport Regular ferry services which are available to Asvakranta from Guwahati.