LALMATI-DURAMARI GANESH TEMPLE
Lalmati-Duramari Ganesh Temple near Abhayapuri town under North Salmara Sub-Division,
is one of the oldest temples of the state.
The historicity of the images are yet to be ascertained. But after a study of the stone carving and modes related to the carved idols, archeologists opine that the temple and images belong to 8th to 10th centuries AD
There are three views advanced as the reason for destrcution of the temple .The first view has it that eartquakes during the 8th and 10th centuries destroyed the temple and its images, while according to tyhe second view, Kalapahar who revolted against worshipers and priests, destroyed the temple along with other temples and images in the North-East. The third view has it that Burmese(Maan) invaders who camped at Malegarh(Manegarh) hills destroyed the temple along with the idols. But it seems that eartquake has been the prime cause of the destruction of the temple.
Lalmati-Duramari Ganesh Temple
A part of the Old Lalmati Ganesh Mandir
|The existance of ruins in Lalmati-Durgamari area along with temples
and images was brought to the notice of the Historical & Antiquarian Department of the
Govt. of Assam in 1974. The department undertook excacation work which resulted the
discovery of the temples, images and idols of the Gods and Godesses.
The site of temples is teemed with natural beauty and the Govt. can upgrade the place to a major tourist attraction.
Development work in the temple was undertaken partly by Bongaigaon district administration and the State Govvement.
People have already demanded the Govt. to include the place in the tourist mape of the state and construct a tourist lodge here.
A community hall and an office building have already been constructed. Work on a water supply scheme is being done at present.
The temple managing committee and local people urged the Govt. to blacktop the road from Naldaba to the temple site and take steps to beautify the area.
Interior part of the Temple