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Hajo || Hajo

Hajo is 32 km northwest of Guwahati. It was known by different names in different periods of history. The Kalika Puran (11th century) mentions the place as Apunarbhava and Manikuta and the Yogini Tantra (14th century) as Vishnupuskara and Apunarbhava.
Situated in the Manikuta hill of Hajo is the Harigriva Madhav Temple (Harigriva means the 'horsehead' incarnation of Visnu). King Raghudevnarayan built the present temple in 1583 on the foundation of an older temple that was probably built during the 6th -7th century AD. The temple is also visited by pilgrims from Bhutan and also by Tibetans.
Poa Mecca is the holy shrine of the Muslims situated on top of the Garudadhol hill. In the shrine there is a tomb of the Saint Ghiyassuuddin Auliia and a mosque built in 1657 AD by Sujauddin Mohammed Shah (Governor of West Bengal), the son of Shah Jahan. The original shrine founded in the 16th century, was destroyed during the Ahom-Mughal conflict in the early part of the 17th century. It was later rebuilt by Sujauddin. It is said that a visit to this shrine confers 1/4th of the merit obtained from a pilgrimage to Mecca.
Brass metal work done by the Moria community can be seen here. The craftsmen themselves made the alloy, but since the middle part of the nineteenth century the braziers began to import brass in sheets manufactured in North India. The articles were not only sold in Assam but also imported to Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and East Bengal (present Bangladesh).