Dhekiakhowa Bornamghar

Dhekiakhowa Bornamghar - Centre for Vaishnav Religion

Author: TG Contributor
Date: 2020-10-19

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Dhekiakhowa Bornamghar is located at Dhekiakhowa village of Jorhat district, 15 km towards the east of Jorhat city 3.5 km away from National Highway 37. It is called a Bornamghar because of its historical association and large campus. It is a noted Bor namghar (place of worship) in Assam was established by saint-reformer Madhabdev in 1461. From the time of saint-reformer Sri Srimanta Sankardev and Madhavdev, this namghar has been continuing as an important centre for Vaisnav religion.

It is said that the main pillar of the namghar is made of a Saal tree. One night one of the bhakt (monk) of the namgahr saw in a dream that the river near the Bor namghar was flowing in opposite direction and was carrying a Saal tree meant to be for the construction of the Bor namghar. Next day, when people saw that dream to be true, they made the main pillar of the Bor namghar from the tree trunk.

Dhekiakhowa Bornamghar

Dhekiakhowa Bornamghar

There is a tale after the name of Dhekiakhowa Naamghar. Guru Madhavdeva after taking up the duty of reforming people and spreading the Ekasarana Nam Dharma came to stay in this small and very poor village. He took shelter for the night at the hut of an old woman, who served him rice with Dhekia Saak. The old woman was very embarrassed to have served the Saint Guru like this but he was immensely pleased by the dinner. So he started a namghar there and given the responsibility of kindling the earthen lamp to the old woman. That is why the naamghar was later known as Dhekiakhowa Naamghar.

A lot of visitors and devotees gather in the naamghar everyday, especially during the sacred month of Bhado (August–September), for this month being the Death Anniversaries of both the gurus Srimanta Sankardeva and Madhavdeva. Apart from this, a month-long festival of Paal Naam and Bhawona Utsav is also celebrated at Namghar.

A Vaishnavite lamp in Dhekiakhowa Bornaamghar is said to have been kept burning since 1528. This could enter itself in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest lighting lamp.




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