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An hour at Sivasagar : the historic city of Assam

This blog post is about my visit to Sivasagar, the historic city of Assam.  
This time our sole reason to visit Sivasagar was to attend my niece's wedding, but before that we had an hour of layover in the historic city of AssamI visited Sivasagar several times before but this time I'm visiting this beautiful city of Ahom Dynasty with my kids. So I recalled  the history of Assam in my mind as I had to answer every little question of my curious  son and daughter. Sivasagar previously spelled as Sibsagar is a city in the Sivasagar District of Assam, India. Sivasagar is well known for its old and stunning  monuments build during Ahom Dynasty by the Ahom Kings. Sivasagar was formerly known as Rongpur, which was once the Capital of Ahom Dynasty.  The temples and monuments of Sivasagar were build during that period.

During our short trip to this historic city,  we first visited Sivadol , which is situated at the middle of the Sivasagar city. Sivadol means the temple of the Lord Shiva.  It was build in 1734 , by Ambika,  the Queen of Ahom King Siba Singha.

Sivdol
Sivdol

The height of the Sivadol is 104 feet crowned with a golden dome, a vase like structure (Kolosi).The Sivadol was build with stones and bricks. The outer walls of the temple are embellished with different sculptures of Goddess Durga. Like any other temple of India, Sivadol is also a favourite place for pigeons.

Sivdol 

Pigeons 

There is little darkness inside the temple but an electric bulb was lighten there even in the daytime. The priest blessed us and gave us 'the Holy water'.

Inside Sivdol

It was hot outside as the Sun was shining so bright and it was very difficult for my little son to walk barefoot on the hot floor, as we have to enter any temple barefoot according to Hindu rites and rituals. And yes before we leave,  my kids enjoyed ringing the temple bells and binding holly thread in their wrists . Girl in the left wrist and boy in the right wrist.  But I don't know why boy and girl in the different wrists.

Temple bells
Temple bells

Temple prisit binding holly thread 


Our next destination was the Rang Ghar,  but before we headed towards it we stayed for few minutes on the bank of Sivasagar tank, which is situated just behind the Sivadol. Starring at the tank I was wondering why the Ahom king build such a  huge tank.

Bor pukhuri
Bor pukhuri 

The Sivasagar tank popularly known as Bor pukhuri was also dug by Queen Ambika in memory of her husband King Siva Singha and named after him. There is also an another tank called Joysagar tank which was dug by Ahom King Rudra Singha in memory of his mother Joymoti. Joysagar tank is the largest man made pond followed by Sivsagar tank. The beautiful lotus flowers were blooming in the tank and few birds were jumping around.  We took a deep breath in front of this man made natural beauty and moved to our next destination.

Front view of Rang Ghar
Front view of Rang Ghar 

Rong Ghar means a house of entertainment.  Rang Ghar was build by King Paramatta Singha in the 18th century which is about 3 kilometers away from Sivadol. It is a two storied building used as a royal sports pavilion where Ahom Kings and his high officials watched different games like buffalo fight etc. in the field adjacent to it. Rang Ghar is a brick coloured monument build with bricks and different indigenous materials like sticky rice,  duck eggs etc.

Rang Ghar
Rang Ghar

So here I ended our one hour journey to this historic city of Assam , but next time when we'll visit we shall extend our list by adding  Talatal Ghar , Kareng Ghar , Joysagar tank and Charaideo Maidam. 

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