The temple boasts hundreds of bells in its tree branches Credit: Diganta Rajkhowa

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:

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Bells of various sizes are hung on the tree branches and the walls by devotees
The common bells in the temple are now covered with clothes in an effort to reduce touching in common places by the devotees
Along with covering the common bells, devotees are asked to sanitise their hands before entering the premises as well
Wearing of masks inside the temple premise is a must these days

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Only 20 people are now allowed to enter the temple at any given point of time
Additionally, pouring water on the main Shiva Linga is also prohibited these days and one can only view it from a certain distance
Even with the restrictions, devotees still come to pay their respects and offer prayers to the almighty

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

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