Do you have a cherished dream that you want to become a reality? If yes, then come and tie a bell in the famous bell temple of Lord Shiva (Ghanta Mandir or Tillinga Mandir) in Bordubi, halfway between Tinsukia and Duliajan, and it might just happen. This is not your conventional temple at all, apart from the 4-ft boundary wall there are no walls at all. However, you cannot miss the temple from afar because of the bells. All kinds of bells, huge, small, big, tiny can be found tied, one on top of the other. Over the years, the boundary walls has gathered its fair share of bells.
The Story Behind
Around 1962 – 1963, a travelling mendicant went up to the manager of the present Mahadev Bari tea estate and said that a shiva linga has emerged inside the hollow of a peepal tree in the garden premises. Since then, the linga has been regularly worshipped. As for the bells, there is no clear reason for why people started tying bells. It is possible that someone must have vowed to tie a bell on fulfillment of a wish. Word must have spread and today people from all backgrounds come to tie bells.
The bells come from various shops around the temple. Shopkeepers reveal that sales are particularly high on Mondays, Shiv Ratri, and during the saawan month. Apart from bells, people also tie threads around the tree and release pigeons. The main thing is that the temple has not become commercialized. You can enter and light a diya at your own pace without anyone rushing you. Then you proceed to break a coconut for the shiva linga that is present inside the tree (yes, it’s actually inside the hollow of a tree). Be it for whatever reason, you will feel a different kind of peace.