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| Last Updated:: 21/09/2023

Hatimura hill











Touching the north bank of the river Brahmaputra, about 40 km west of Guwahati, lies Hatimura hill. In the western slope of this hill stands Dhāreswar Devālaya (or Siva Sthana), one of Kamrup’s ancient and historically famous shrines. Ahom king Siva Singha is said to have built this devālaya in about 1730 A.D.




The origin of the Dhāreswar Siva Sthāna goes back to prevedic times – so believe the local people. The place in and around the sacred site was originally inhabited by the Kacharis. A legend says that a cow owned by a Kachari was always found missing at a certain place up the Hatimura hill. After investigation, the villagers came to know that the cow used to offer her milk at a particular place in the hill. They also found out that a portion of the cow’s milk was flowing down to a certain place. The curious villagers dug up this place and discovered a stone Siva linga. They started worshipping this linga as Dhāreswar Siva.




The Dhāreswar devālaya stands in beautiful natural surroundings. Water from a stream (locals call it ‘Ākashiganga’) up in the hill is found flowing down to the sacred site where the linga lies. It is believed that whoever touches this water or take holy deep in this, will earn God’s blessings. The devālaya has long been using the water (which is flowing down the hill) for puja- related purposes. Devotees in large numbers throng the Dhāreswar Siva Sthāna daily to pay obeisance, but in the month of Kārtika and Māgha, this number increases manifold. The main festivals celebrated at the devālaya are Sivaratri, Doul and Durga Puja.