Umananda, The World’s Smallest River Island

The river island of Umananda has a famous Shiva temple.

Umananda Island is the smallest inhabited river islet in the middle of river Brahmaputra.
The river island of Umananda has a famous Shiva temple. Lord Shiva is one of the most prominent deities of Hinduism. A huge number of visitors and devotees come to Umanada to pay their homage at this temple. During the festival of Shivratri, every year, a large number of devotees visit this temple. Shiva Chaturdashi is another important festival which is held here annually.

On the instructions from King Gadadhar Singh of the Tai-Ahom dynasty, the temple was constructed in 1694 AD by Bar Phukan Garhganya Handique.

The area where this temple has been raised is known as Bhasmachala. According to a legend, once Lord Shiva was meditating on this hillock, when he was interrupted by Kamadeva. As a result of this interruption, Kamadeva was burnt to ashes by the fire of his anger.

As it is located in the middle of the Brahmaputra river, people have to take ferry services available from the Umanada Ghat to reach the temple.

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