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Uzan Bazaar is a residential and commercial centre of Guwahati and one of the oldest settlements in the city. It is located in the northern part of the city with the river Brahmaputra flowing alongside in north. It houses some of the major tourist as well as sites of regional importance in and around its area. This area being the nearest of the residential areas as far as the river is concerned, is famous for its fish market of fished out varieties from the river.
The name Uzan Bazar comes from the Kamrupi word Uzan, which refers to old settlement in the area located in upstream of river Brahmaputra. This area served as major river port in earlier times.
Place of interestEdit
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Jor means 'a pair' in Assamese and Pukhri/Pukhuri stands for 'pond'. Jor Pukhuri is a pair of ponds which adds up to the residential value of the area. The two ponds, which was earlier just one became a pair when the canal connecting the Brahmaputra to the temple of Ugratara, a prominent centre of Shakti Puja, in the times of Koch rulers was sealed and converted into a road called the Naujaan Road. Naujaan in Assamese means a canal for boats. The water of the ponds have an under source with the river Brahmaputra. Apart from the legendary significance this set of ponds depicts affinity to water for the earliest settlers of Guwahati in and around the pond surroundings. Moreover, it serves as an excellent nesting grounds for various Herons, Egrets and Cranes in the trees in its boundary. The pond, since a very long time is the home to a gaggle of Whooper Swans (Cygnus cygnus), Raj Haanh in Assamese, and their various humanly antics have become figs of various folklore and poetry of Assam.
Latasil is a playground in the Uzan Bazar. The playground, which is a permanent venue for Bihu and Durga Puja celebrations, have donated its name to the area as well. The playground also serves as a coaching center and practice ground for various cricket and football clubs.
Maas Ghat, Assamese for 'Fish Port' is a small thatched market area famous for its fresh river fishes. In the wee hours of the day, the market comes to its fullest of life. One can hear the loud auction cries of the whole sellers locally known as Mohol(wholesale) owners, inviting bids from the fish sellers. Though people thronging the place for their own direct consumption could also be seen in the market as the local people are avid fish consumer.
Uzan Bazaar happens to be one of the busiest of the daily-needs market in the city. This market lends its name to the whole area with which it is known as. Apart from value stores, department stores, groceries, confectioners, meat sellers, fish mongers, bakeries, eateries and food joints, the market earns a good repute from the womenfolk for its wide availability of Ladies Tailors, a set of kiosks famed for their self acclaimed proficiency in stitching women's garments, especially churidaars and salwaar kameez, a traditional North Indian attire now happily owned by the Assamese women folk as well. Beside these shops and commercial establishments, the Market area also nestles a Guwahati Municipality Corporation's branch office and a Post Office of the Indian Post.
This market gets its name from the nearby placed Guwahati High Court and the District Court. Kachari in Assamese means Court. However apart from the name, which is a misnomer, the market is a typical Assamese countryside market, within the city. The market is frequented by the people even from the farthest corner of the city due to the market's reputation of selling exotic Assamese fruits and vegetables.
Baruwari Puja MandapEdit
This community establishment is a major prayer hall for the locals of Uzan Bazaar. An annual Durga Puja attracts a major crowd during the festival. This mandap(prayer hall in Assamese), is also a common venue of Hindu marriage ceremonies, sacred thread (Upanayan) ceremonies and various traditional auspicious family events and functions for the Guwahatians. The prayer hall in return lends its name Baruwari ( meaning which belong to the community in Assamese) to the place in and around it.
Guwahati's branch of Vivekananda Kendra is in Uzan Bazaar. It is a non profit organisation run by the Vivekananda Trust of India which serves as a center of Yoga and Cultural and spiritual studies. Apart from these major places, it is also the home to a number of literary and cultural activist of Assam. It is perhaps due to this that,Kumar Bhaskar Natya Mandir - a regular cultural venue for various city events in Guwahati,is present in Uzan Bazaar. A children library, Bishnu Nirmala Xhixu Poothibhnoraal, serves as a perfect reading place for the local kids. Amongst the teenagers and young adults, Uzan Bazar serves a perfect spot for recreational activities alongside its river bank. This river bank is further ornamented with a park, consisting of a jogging track and offers a beautiful view of the Brahmaputra river. The Guwahati Planetarium is in Uzan Bazaar, north of the Latasil field. The Guwahati High Court is also in the Uzan Bazaar area.
Government Primary Schools, Government High Schools and a few nursery and kindergartens are run by locals and business houses. An MBA institute ISBM-G affiliated to Dibrugarh University offering courses for MBA,BBA,and BCA. There was also a Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) Branch in Uzan Bazar recently opened in 2013 imparting social science knowledge to interested students from all over the country. The TISS branch has now been shifted to Jalukbari, Guwahati as it is the Permanent Campus. Innumerable scholars and artists settled and lived their lives in this area, and hence, Uzan Bazaar is often regarded as the heart of Guwahati.
Nearby hotels are Hotel Brahmaputra Ashok, Hotel Blue Moon and Hotel Belle Vue.
Uzan Bazaar's postal code is 781001 and Lamb Road, M.C. Road, F.C. Road and M.G.Road are nearby city roads. Area is well connected with the rest of the city through the city buses, auto-rickshaws, cycle rickshaws, Trekkers-shared taxi service and other modes of transportation.