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The Hatimura Temple is dedicated to Shakti and is located in Silghat, Assam, India. The current temple was perhaps built on the ruins of an old stone temple in the Saka year 1667 (1745 to 46 A.D.) in the reign of King Pramatta Singh of the Ahom dynasty. It is a brick temple which exists in a very dilapidated condition. The presiding deity of the temple is the Mahisamardini. The Goddess is represented with a slender waist, ten hands and holding different weapons in each hand. She is seen placing her right foot on the lion and pressing the shoulder of the buffalo demon with her left. She pierces the trident through the body of the demon and has fastened his arm with a noose. To put her weight on the Asura, the Goddess is slightly bent to the left. The lion is also represented attacking the demon. The Hatimura Temple is a Shakti temple, located at Silghat, Nagaon district of Assam. It was built during the reign of Ahom king Pramatta Singha in 1667 Sakabda (1745 to 46 AD). It used to be an important center of Shaktism in ancient Assam. The presiding goddess is Durga which is known here as Mahisamardini. Human sacrifice was said to be made at the temple’s altars This place is also full of natural beauty which yet to explore. The present Hatimura temple, at Silghat, in Nowgong district, was probably built on the ruins of an old stone temple in the Saka year 1667 (1745 to 46 A.D.) in the reign of King Pramatt Singh of the Ahom dynasty. It is a brick temple, which still exists although in a very dilapidated condition. The presiding deity of the temple is the Mahisamardini. The goddess is represented with a slender waist, broad breasts, ten hands, and holding different weapons in each hand. She is seen placing her right foot on the lion and pressing the shoulder of the buffalo demon with her left. She pierces the trident through the body of the demon and has fastened his arm with a noose. To put her weight on the Asura, the goddess is slightly bent to the left. The lion is also represented attacking the demon. The whole composition of the goddess is as given in the text. The temple was one of the important centers of Saktism. in early Assam. At one time even human sacrifices were made at the altars of the temple. A big sword supposed to have been used for human sacrifices has been deposited in Assam Provincial Museum, Guwahati.

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