Assam CM offers prayers at Shiva Mandir, administration frees temple lands from illegal squatters

Himanta Biswa Sarma, Chief Minister of Assam visited Gorukhuti in Sipajhar, Darrang district and traveled in a country boat to inspect the riverine areas that were encroached by illegal settlers near Dholpur Shiva Mandir.

Assam police and district administration  has freed the 120 bigha land of the temple which was under encroachment of illegal occupants in the area for long time.

In this tour, he along with his cabinet ministers also offered prayers at Shiva Temple to seek Lord Shiva’s blessings. He assured temple management and local people to set up a Manikut, build a guest house and boundary wall.  All steps would be taken to turn the temple into a tourist attraction.

In the tweet CM also said “Such squatters would be evicted from all parts of Assam to protect our land and the Assamese identity from encroachers & intruders. “

The pre-historic Shiva Temple with a number of caves at Dhalpur Hill under Sipajhar Revenue Circle in Darrang district has been regarded as one of the oldest Shiva temples in the country. According to mythology, the second of the Pandavas, Bhim had spent his tenure of exile in Dhalpur hill.