Asm: হাজো hājō

‘Hill’   Town, Assam

From Bod:  hajo/hajw, ‘hill’. 

Hajo is a pilgrimage site for three religions.

The celebrated Hayagriva Madhava Hindu temple is dedicated to Narasimha, the part-man, part-lion incarnation of Vishnu

Some Tibetan and Chinese Buddhists believe that the Buddha died here (and not in Kushinagar, as is commonly thought) attaining maha-pari-nirvana or the final release from the cycle of rebirth.

Hajo Powa Makkah is an important hilltop mosque and Sufi retreat (khanqah) dating back to the 12thC. Prayers here have a quarter of the value of prayers at Makkah/Mecca [Asm: po(w)a, ‘quarter’].

The mosque claims to have soil here brought back from Mecca and houses the 13thC  dargah or ‘tomb’ of Pir Ghiyasuddin Auliya, famous for its miraculous healing powers.

For related place names see Indian Place names and Assam place names.

 

Hayagriva Madhava Mandir (Hajo)            deepgoswami