Unknown to most of the people in Guwahati or rather Assam as a whole lies at Dakini Pahar in Pamohi, near Deepor Beel, Guwahati, the 12thJyotirling. The Jyotirling is the 12th of the total 12 Jyotirlings of India, which also include the ones at Somnath and Kedarnath.
How to reach: Once you have reached Guwahati, get on the Khanapara-Jalukbari highway (NH37). If you are travelling from Khanapara, take a left at Gorchhuk towards Deepor Beel or take a right if you are travelling from Jalukbari. It is almost about halfway towards Deeepor Beel. One can see an entry gate towards the left through which one can reach Bhimasankar Dwadash Jyotirling Dakini Pahar Shivdham simply travelling straight on the road.
A parking place has been constructed too for the convenience of visitors by the Shree Bhimashankar Dwadash Jyotirling Sava Samity. One has to travel by foot after that.
One is first greeted by a Ganesh Mandir on the path. One literally has to cross a mountain to reach the Jyotirling; the journey is amazing through all the greenery of the mountains. There is also another Ganesh Mandir along the path.
After walking a distance of more than 300 meters, one finally reaches the entrance gate. Taking the first steps inside the gate, one can feel the serenity.
The Jyotirling is right in the middle of the waterfall which flows through the area. One can certainly feel the presence of Lord Shiva out there in the peaceful location which remains unaffected from the hustle and bustle of the city and commercialization of, ah well, almost everything.
Brief history of Bhimashankar Jyotirling:
According to the Shiva Puran, to tackle Bhimasur’s atrocities Lord Shiva appeared in the Dakini Pahar and thus the presence of jyotirling came into existence. But it was discovered only around 200 hundred years ago by a lady named “Aape Bamuni”. Since then it has turned into a place of religious and historical importance and attracted a large number of devotees and tourists.
Importance to local villagers:
According to local inhabitants, steps were taken to build a modern infrastructure by a group of devotees around the jyotirlinga by building walls and giving it the form of a well built temple. But some spiritual powers were seen to affect the people of the nearby village, who began to come in groups to the jyotirling and stay there; also many devotees and sadhus too came out of nowhere to the Jyotirling during that period. They took it as a message and cancelled the plan. Since then, people have never allowed the area to be commercialized and the natural beauty has remained intact.
A place of religious and historical importance, it also provides visitors a natural retreat.
It is also a popular belief that the clusters of bamboos present there are nothing but witches and demons, who have taken this form as a result of Lord Shiva’s wrath.
So if you are looking for a destination which provides you historical, religious as well as natural retreat, this place is for you.
(PS it’s also a paradise for Photographers)