While all my visits to Assam, I have witnessed many cultural monuments and wildlife of the state but this time, a particular monument made my head turn.
It was a temple in red brick on the way to Kazhiranga from Dibrugarh while crossing the town of Sibsagar.
I had never noticed such structures earlier, maybe few monuments have originated from this form of architecture but I was really curious to find more about such buildings other than the normal bamboo Assamese architecture we are aware of.
So on more research, I came to know about the Ahom Dynasty that ruled Assam for 600 years and one region in particular, Saibsagar or Sivasagar, back then known as , has a monumental complex around Sivsagar water tank, more of a lake, withstanding 8-9 earthquakes until now.
The temple's architecture was an octagonal base and triangulated faceted dome (differs for other structures) with an extended gable canopy structure for the worshippers. The structure was made largely of brick and rice mortar and later on lime cement.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to capture the temple, just had a glimpse stuck on my mind.
I tried to quickly sketch down the monument and have added a reference picture of Umananda Temple on Peacock Island near Guwahati which is a protected monument.