Sri Surya Pahar is located at the banks of Brahmaputra, about 12 km southeast of Goalpara, about 132 km northwest of Guwahati, Assam. Surya Bhagawan is the main deity in Bhatiapara Surya Pahar Temple. the sacred Sri Surya Pahar is a stretch of shillings approximately expanding up to a kilometer. The Lingas are said to be formed by boulders and big rocks. It is believed that there are 99999 Lingas, engraved by Krishna Dvaipayana or commonly known as Ved Vyasa to make it a replica of Kashi or second Kashi. This unexplored place has minutely detailed designs of houses and the bricks built with it, which are of great archaeological importance.
Bhatiapara Surya Pahar Temple is open to all religions without discrimination of caste, creed and sex. It merges three religions together with its myriad scriptures and antiques of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism.
As per Hindu religion, Sri Surjya Pahar is believed to be a slab of a carved stone correlated to Surya (sun). The inner center of the carved stone was spotted as Prajapati whereas the outer has been identified as twelve lotus petals. As per the Jains, there remains nothing except for the footprints of the Rishabhanath followers. But in Buddhist remains differently shaped and sized 25 stupas have been found.
The name of ‘Sri Surya Pahar’ implies that the site was perhaps associated with the cult of the sun (Surya) worship. Literary accounts corroborate that among other Hindu deities worshipped in ancient Assam, ‘Surya’ (or the Sun God) occupied a prominent place in its cultural history. References are found in the Kalika-Purana (c.10th century) about two seats of sun worship in ancient Assam. One of the centers has been identified as Sri Surya Pahar which bears the iconographic significance of the cult as well.
Bhatiapara Sri Surya Pahar Timings: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Bhatiapara Sri Surya Temple Address:
Assam – 783101.