Athkhelia Namghar, Golaghat


Athkhelia Namghar has always occupied a very important place in the hearts of Assamese religious people. Athkhelia Namghar is situated at a distance of about 20 kms from Golaghat town.

According to the legends the history of Athkhelia Namghar dates back to the period of 1670 to 1681 which was a crucial time for Ahom kingdom. At that time Ahom kingdom was ruled by Lora Roja. He in order to secure his position as a king of Ahom kingdom ordered to maim all Ahom prince of that time by making them physically disabled so that they cannot ascend the thrown. Gadapani one of the Ahom prince of that time in order to save himself from the clutch of Lora Roja, took shelter in Nagapahar. At that time he came across the ashram of a saint which was situated at the place where Athkhelia Namghar stands today. He took shelter at that place. In 1681 when he becomes the King of Ahom kingdom he entrusted the task of maintaining and preserving this sacred place to eight selected Khels of that area.

As all types of religious activities were undertaken under the supervision of these eight khels this place was formerly known as Athkuria which is later on became famous as Athkhelia. These eight khels consist of Bachakuri, Boiragikuri, Brahmankuri, Nangalkuri, Salalkuri, Kacharikuri, Borahikuri and Kakotikuri. Athkhelia Namghar is a very important pilgrimage centre for Assamese people. Devotees from all corners of Assam and India visit Athkhelia Namghar during the holy month of Bhada.

Courtesy Official Website:- http://athkhelianamghar.hpage.in/

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