The oldest historical Shiva Temple located at Numaligarh in the Golaghat district of Assam is Baba than Shiva Temple. From the main town, Golaghat to Numaligarh Baba than Shiva Temple is at a distance of approximately 32 kilometre distance, the temple was established by Pitambar Kandoli during the 19th century and he was from the Bamun village. After the earthquake in 1897, the main idol and lingum from the Deoparbat temple was shifted to a new temple called Babathan Shiva Temple. This temple is located near the archaeological site of Deoparbat. Behind the establishment of the temple, there is a story saying that Pitambar Kandoli who established the Shiva temple was also a priest and once he saw a dream where he saw Lord Shiva who is a Hindu God was standing in front of him and telling him that the Lord Shiva had not bathed for a long time and directed Pitambar Kandoli to bathe him where the Shiva Linga and other idols have existed. Next day the son of Pitambar Kandoli and he himself went to search for the place which Pitambar Kandoli saw in his dream and after few days they found the same place which is located in Deopahar Hillock which he saw in the dream. Later after discussing with their family Pitambar Kandoli established the Shiva Temple, since he was becoming old and he could not climb up the hills so he thought and decided to relocate the idols from the hilltop and bring to the plain area where people can easily reach and offer a prayer and fetch the water from nearby Dhansiri River. Many people started sacrificing the animals. The people also worship Goddess Durga, God Ganesh and they also do Ganesh Puja although it is the temple of Baba Than Shiva Temple. In the same temple, there are two more temples of Goddess Ganesh and Hanuman and the Hanuman temple was established in the year 2000. This is a wonderful place and many tourist and the local people visits this temple to offer a special prayer and it is also one of the beautiful picnic spots.
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