Dhekiakhowa Bornamghar, Jorhat, Assam

Assam is a state renowned for its environmental beauty, monuments, archeological sites, wild life sanctuaries, religious places with architecture and sculptural finesse. Many traditions and customs observed by the Assamese people is unique that makes their places for worship and observance of traditions is bound by myths, beliefs and legends. Many of the myths or beliefs are intensively interconnected with the life of people and nature that makes an outsider to detach it with logic or reality. A genuine traveler has all ingredients to be marveled by the stories that enrich the Assamese culture. The shrines or place of worship in Assam is interwoven with strong faith, customs and traditions that are still observed with sanctity without any flaw. Dhekiakhowa Bornamghar is an important place of worship in Assam where traditional practices are strictly followed till today.

Namghar is Assamese language means a place of worship for a congregation. Saints or religious heads had established several shrines or Namghars in different parts of Assam observing various rituals according to the religious beliefs. Dhekia Khowa Bor Namghar is a vaishnavaite shrine believed to be found by a Vaishnavaite monk, Sri Sri Madhabdev, who was the true disciple of Sri Sri Sankar Dev the founder of vaishnavaite orders and practices in Assam. Dhekiakhowa Bor Namghar situates in Jorhat district in Assam believed to be established in A.D 1461 by Sri Sri Madhabdev. The major attraction is the earthen lamp kindled by Sri Madhabdev that is still being rekindled without any fail. The lamp is re-fueled from time to time by the priests observing religious rituals of vaishnavaite orders paying due honor to saint Madhabdev that was taught by him. Saint Madhabdev chose this place to be Namghar after the occurrence of an incident in this place. He was on his spiritual journey of reforming people through the preaching the principle of “Ekasharan Nam Dharma”. While reaching this place he took one night’s stay in a poor woman’s hut. Though being poor she tried to serve him with the best meal she had that was simple. The meal she offered was Dhekia sak an edible green leafy vegetable with rice often referred as poor man’s vegetable. Being satisfied by her treatment towards the guest he decided to establish Namghar for worship and as an expression of his gratitude he kindled the earthen Lamp. As he was served by the woman with Dhekia sak this Namghar was named as Dhekiakhowa Bornamghar that means the place were the Sak was eaten. Even today the month of August –September is observed as the sacred month of Bhado as in these month falls the death anniversaries of Srimanta Sankar Deva and Sri Sri Madhabdev.

Dhekiakhowa Bornamghar is famous for its architectural beauty. It is believed that the pillars of Namghar are made with the wood of Sal Tree. One of the monks or Bhakats once had a dream that the pillars of the Namghar should be built by a Sal tree that flows in the river that flows in the opposite direction near Bornamghar. The very next day the people saw a Sal tree flowing in the river as the monk had dreamt and the pillars of the Namghar was soon constructed from the Sal tree.

The Dhekiakhowa Bornamghar is built in 15 kms to the east of Jorhat Town and 3.5 km away from the National Highway 37. The main source of income for the management and administration of Namghar is mainly from the contributions of devotees. The Namghar is a complex spread on 13 Bighas of land. The vast campus is managed by the managing committee of the Namghar including representatives of devotees and priests. Different festivals, social and cultural events are conducted by the Managing committee from time to time.

Dhekiakhowa Bornamghar is place that provides true spiritual delight to a devotee, that truly ensembles the culture, tradition and religious beliefs of Assam.