Beautiful Assam: Two ancient places for pilgrimage in Barak valleyThose who know about the biggest state of the North-East of India, know that Assam can be geographically divided in two parts, Brahmaputra valley and Barak valley.
While in the Brahmaputra valley, Assamese speaking people are in a majority (though many other tribes and people speaking different languages can be seen), in the Barak valley, Bengalis constitute the majority. Silchar is the most important town in Barak valley.
If we consider tourism, Barak valley is not very developed for this purpose. Very few tourists visit the valley purely for the purpose of visiting the natural beauty, historical places or religious places of Barak valley. But, there has been no dearth of tourist spots in Barak valley also. Now, we will mention two very ancient but lesser-known places of pilgrimage in Barak valley.
Kanch Kanti Kali Mandir: This Kali Temple is one of the most renowned temples of South Assam. It is located approximately 10 kilometers away from Silchar. Kanch Kanti Kali Mandir was built in the nineteenth century by the Kachari king. This beautiful temple situated in a scenic setting is a must-visit place when a tourist visits Silchar. The temple is dedicated to Mother Goddess "Kanch Kanti", who is believed to be the combine of two Goddesses, Kali and Durga, and is considered to be very powerful. There are many other smaller temples in the temple premise.
Maniharan Tunnel: This is an ancient tunnel and is one of the major tourist attractions in the Barak valley. It is widely believed that this tunnel was once used by Lord Krishna, as mentioned in the Mahabharata. There are numerous temples located near this tunnel. These temples are dedicated to Shri Krishna, Shri Ram, Shri Lakshmana and Shri Hanuman. The sacred Tribeni river flows beneath this tunnel. Each year festivals like Holi and Shivratri are celebrated by the pilgrims near this tunnel.
In addition to these two ancient places for pilgrimage, there are many other tourist spots near Silchar and in the entire Barak valley which will definitely be appreciated by the tourists. Silchar has an airport and regular flights from Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati and Agartala are available. Silchar can be reached by train and also by bus and taxi from various places of Assam and North-East.
In addition to these two ancient places for pilgrimage, there are many other tourist spots near Silchar and also in the entire Barak valley, which will definitely be appreciated by the tourists. Silchar has an airport and regular flights from Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati and Agartala are available. Silchar can be reached by train and also by bus and taxi from various places of Assam and North-East.