Tilinga Mandir is located at ‘Bordubi’- a very small town of Tinsukia district in Assam. Lord Shiva is being worshipped by devotees as the deity is positioned at the centre of the sanctum. This temple is also known as the Bell Temple and religiously as well as spiritually stronger than other Shiva temples. Devotees can discern thousands of different sized bells in this temple. Basically, the bells are made up of different metals such as brass, copper, aluminium, bronze, and are strapped with a huge ‘Banyan tree. Visitors also notice that umpteen Shiva tridents speared here and there in the temple ground on the sand inattentively.
How to reach:
By Air: Mohanbari airport, Dibrugarh is the nearest airport. Visitors can also reach the temple by private taxi, cab, car or bus.
By Train: The nearest railway station is Tinsukia town station. From there this temple is well connected by bus to Bordubi where the temple is situated.
History and its mythology-
In 1965, about 50 years ago, the tea gardeners
of this place noticed a Shivlinga that has been emerged from the ground near a
Banyan Tree. As suggested by the administrators of the garden, a small temple
has been built there. As per them, the temple has the highest spiritual and
mystical powers and was the strongest as compared to many other temples. This
temple is one of the most prominent and noteworthy Shiva temples in Upper
Assam. In Assamese, Tilinga means ‘bell’ and Mandir means ‘temple’. According
to a predication, this temple has the largest collection of bells and even the
name has made its name in the Limca Book of World Records for accumulating the
largest collection of bells of all types in this temple. Tilinga Temple is a
very sacred place as it is believed that in this temple, wishes come true if
one prays with a pure heart to Lord. There is custom of donating a bell in the
temple only and only if, the one’s wishes comes true. Visitors also endow a
trident or a pigeon when the wishes are fulfilled and their prayers are
answered. The temple was built almost 50 years back and there is a belief that
the ‘Shiva Linga’ emerged from a specific point on the ground of the temple
just right the banyan tree.