Guwahati Gyan | Doul Govinda Temple
Doul Govinda Temple is one of the most important temples in Kamrup, Assam. It is situated on the northern banks of Brahmaputra, at the foothills of Chandra Bharati hill at Rajaduar, North Guwahati. The temple is mainly devoted to Lord Krishna. The temple is open and accessible all year round and one can enjoy the thrill of a river cruise as well as walking on the white sand beaches of Brahmaputra, from the month of November to April.
The temple is known for its Holi celebrations in the month of February-March. Holi is observed by locals for five days with various programmes. About 5,000 pilgrims assemble at the temple premises during this time. Special ferry services are also available to the temple from Guwahati during the festival season.
Daily activities of the Doul Govinda Temple start early, with the opening of the doors at seven in the morning. The priest bathes the idol and then performs the archana. The worshippers start coming in an hour after this, which continues till the end of the day. In between that, the temple remains closed during the afternoon. In the evening, the aarti is performed by singing devotional songs or Kirtan. Prasad followed by Bhog is distributed among the devotees in the open hall during afternoon hours daily.