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Government Of Assam South Salmara-Mankachar District

Important Places to Visit

Kamakhya Temple, Mankachar:
    The Kamakhya temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to mother goddess Kamakhya, located in Thakuranbari village in the Assam-Meghalaya border area near Mankachar town of South Salmara Mankachar district. The temple is revered equally to renowned Kamakhya temple of Guwahati. Being one of the 51 Shakti Peethas of Hindu Mythology, this temple is one of the holiest sites for devotees. As per mythology the navel part of Goddess Sati’s dead body fell in this area.
    Kamakhya Devi is the presiding deity of the temple, housed in a sanctum. There are also shrines of Lord Shiva, Durga, Hanuman and Santoshi in the temple premises.


Mir Jumla Mazar, Mankachar:
    The tomb of Mir Jumla, Governor of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb is located in Thakuranbari village in the Assam-Meghalaya border near Mankachar town of South Salmara Mankachar district. 
    After being appointed the Governor of Bengal by Aurangzeb in 1659, the 69 years old Mir Jumla invaded the Koch kingdom of Cooch Behar and forced the Raja of Cooch Behar to submit to Mughal authority. Interestingly, when Cooch Behar was conquered, he gave explicit orders to Mughal soldiers that common people must not be harassed or looted in any way. In 1662, Mir Jumla proceeded to invade the Ahom kingdom of Assam. But ironically, this last campaign of Mir Jumla’s life turned out to be a disaster. Mughal soldiers had to fight in very difficult terrain and suffered heavy losses. Supplies ran out and many lives were lost. Mir Jumla lost two thirds of his army and they had to retreat.
    On his way back from Assam, he became extremely sick and passed away on a boat on 30th March 1663. He was 72 years old when he died. He was buried on a hillock, in Thakuranbari, where his grave still stands. The grave is being maintained by the local Mazar Sarif committee and is a spot of major attraction for tourists and historians all around the world.