The temple boasts hundreds of bells in its tree branches
The temple boasts hundreds of bells in its tree branches |Diganta Rajkhowa
ASSAM

IN PHOTOS: Tinsukia's 'Tilinga Mandir' attracting devotees amid COVID-19

Devotees of Lord Shiva throng auspicious 'Tilinga Mandir' in Assam's Tinsukia district to offer prayers amid certain restrictions

Amlan Jyoti Das

Amlan Jyoti Das

Guwahati: It's the auspicious month of Shravan, also spelled as Sawan, and is the fifth month in the Hindu lunar calendar. Many Hindus, mainly devotees of Lord Shiva, start fasting every Monday during this month.

The district of Tinsukia in Assam has a unique and sacred temple in a small area known as Bordubi. The town is famous for this temple which is commonly known as Tilinga Mandir or 'bell temple'. The temple's premises boast a banyan tree where hundreds of bells are hung on its branches by visitors from around the globe. The bells are made of brass, copper, bronze and even aluminium.

The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and also has a hidden Shiva Linga beneath the roots of the tree. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the temple authorities have imposed some few regulations that can be seen in the images below:

Bells of various sizes are hung on the tree branches and the walls by devotees
Bells of various sizes are hung on the tree branches and the walls by devotees Diganta Rajkhowa
The common bells in the temple are now covered with clothes in an effort to reduce touching in common places by the devotees
The common bells in the temple are now covered with clothes in an effort to reduce touching in common places by the devotees Diganta Rajkhowa
Along with covering the common bells, devotees are asked to sanitise their hands before entering the premises as well
Along with covering the common bells, devotees are asked to sanitise their hands before entering the premises as well Diganta Rajkhowa
Wearing of masks inside the temple premise is a must these days
Wearing of masks inside the temple premise is a must these days Diganta Rajkhowa
Only 20 people are now allowed to enter the temple at any given point of time
Only 20 people are now allowed to enter the temple at any given point of time Diganta Rajkhowa
Additionally, pouring water on the main Shiva Linga is also prohibited these days and one can only view it from a certain distance
Additionally, pouring water on the main Shiva Linga is also prohibited these days and one can only view it from a certain distance Diganta Rajkhowa
Even with the restrictions, devotees still come to pay their respects and offer prayers to the almighty
Even with the restrictions, devotees still come to pay their respects and offer prayers to the almighty Diganta Rajkhowa

(Diganta Rajkhowa is a freelance photographer and is the man behind the lens for these photos.)

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