The Ugratara temple, located in the eastern part of Guwahati, in Uzan Bazaar, is an important Shakti shrine. Constructed by King Shiva Singh of the Ahom Kingdom in 1725, this temple serves as one of the most important pilgrimage centres of the state of Assam.
The temple has a tank, known as Jor Pukhuri, which is located in the east of this temple. Due to an earthquake, the upper section of the temple was destroyed, after which the present temple has undergone several renovations and modifications. These reconstructions were undertaken and managed by a private citizen.
Goddess Ugra Tara is the residing deity of this temple, who is considered to be another form of Parvati. According to a popular legend, this temple has been constructed on the same spot where the navel of Sati fell on the earth after she died.
The other legend related to this temple states that the temple has connection with Buddhism. In addition, it is also related to Eka Jata and Tiksna Kanta of the Buddhist pantheon.
Navratri is the main festival celebrated in this temple. During this festival, devotees from across the country visit to offer prayers and seek blessings of the Mother. An important ritual that can be witnessed during the festival is the sacrifice of animals like bulls, wild boars, goats and buffaloes. Another ritual linked to this temple includes offering one’s own blood to the Mother. However, the females of all the species are exempted from this sacrifice.