The Rudrapada Temple is situated on the banks of the Brahmaputra River. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is believed that Lord Shiva’s left foot’s impression is imprinted on the premises of the temple. Lord Shiva’s ‘rudra’ form is worshipped in the temple. ‘Rudra’ is the fierce form of Lord Shiva and ‘pada’ means footprints – thus the name Rudrapada.
It is believed according to a legend that Lord Shiva has shown his real form here to Banasura, the demon king in this spot. However, according to archaeological evidences, the temple was built around 1730 by Siva Singh. The footprint is printed on a stone slate and preserved in this temple.
The Maha Shivratri is one of the main festivals celebrated in the Rudrapada Temple. Since it is situated on the banks of the Brahmaputra, the view from this small temple is magnificent. Tezpur has one of the best views of this mighty river.