Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022

Itakhuli or Sukreswar Hill











Itakhuli, also known as Sukreswar Hill,  is a  small hill situated on the south bank of the Brahmaputra River at Guwahati. Historically, the hill has a strategic importance as it was the seat of the Viceroys and Governors right from the days the King of Ahom, Mughals and the British. From the summit of the hill one can get a panoramic view of the Brahmaputra River and the Uma Nanda temple on the Peacock Island.



As per ancient legends, it is believed that Sage Sukra (the Guru of the Asuras) had his hermitage on this hillock and he used to worship his Lord Shiva in this temple. Originally dating back to the 18th century, the temple is believed to have the largest Shiva Lingam or phallic emblem in India. The Kalika Purana identifies the hillock as Hastigiri hills due to its shape like the hump of an elephant.



A long step of stairs leads down to the river from the temple complex. According to the Hindu legends, if the post death rituals and rites of any person are performed at this temple than the dead person would attain moksha or salvation.