VISHNU TIRTHA ASVAKRANTA

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Location : Assam
Significance : One Of The Greatest Vishnu Shrines Of Assam.
Famous As : A Pilgrimage Centre
Main Attractions : Temples Of Kurmajanardan, Anantasyi & Aarparaut

Located on a rocky stratum touching the waterfront of the Brahmaputra, Asvakranta is one of the greatest Vishnu shrines of Assam. The rocky outcrop at the eastern side bordering the river allegedly contains a footprint, which is supposed to be that of Krishna and the devotees perform 'Shraddha' ceremonies of their deceased kit and kin regularly in this spot.

The hillock beside the river contains two historical temples enshrining therein images of Vishnu, known as 'Kurmajanardan' and 'Anantasayi', A long flight of steps has survived from historical times, which link the Anantasayi temple with the foothills.

The Legend Of Aswakranta
Aswakranta is associated with Krishna-Rukamini episode. It is said that Krishna's Asva i.e. horse (also spelt as 'Ashwa') was encircled (akranta) by the enemies at this place. It is also believed by some people that the place should be caged as Asvaklanta indicating that Krishna on his way from Kundil Nagar to Dwaraka had to rest here as his horse became tired i.e. 'klanta'.

Asvakranta is known for its scenic beauty. From here one can enjoy the east-west expanse of Guwahati situated on the other bank of the river.

Aarparuat
The Aarparuat or the flat-topped Screen-Hill is a small island, only a hundred metres off the bank of Brahmaputra River. Apart from its natural beauty, this island is the abode of thousands of white cranes, which offer added attraction to the visitors.

HOW TO GET THERE

Air: The nearest airport is Guwahati.
Rail: The nearest railhead is situated at Guwahati.
Road: Asvakranta 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.
Boat: Regular ferry services are available to Asvakranta from Guwahati.

WHERE TO STAY

Accommodation facilities are available at reasonable prices in Guwahati with options varying from luxury to budget hotels.



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