About Ghanashyam House

Situated in the city of Sivasagar in Assam, Ghanashyam House is a magnificent structure which bagged its name from the architect ‘Ghanashyam’. The monument is a terracotta brick temple which is nestled on the bank of the Joysagar tank. The present day Joysagar College is near the monument. Ghanashyam House is also known as Nati Gosain Dol or Ghanashyam Dol. Ghanashyam House’s artwork and architecture is inspired by Islamic architecture. The door openings with arches resemble Islamic architecture. Terracotta works can be seen all over the walls of the monument. The temples of Bishnupur in West Bengal are similar to the Ghanashyam House in terms of architecture. A common boundary wall covers the monument’s three independent structures. It also has a Kitchen House or the Bhog Ghar. The monument does not have any similarity with any typical Hindu temple and also does not have any picture. The windows in this monument face towards west, north and east side walls. The main cell of the monument has an arched entrance which is same as the typical feature of a mosque.

Outstanding Universal Value

Ghanashyam House’s history is vague. There are two beliefs on the construction of the monument. One opinion states that Ghanashyam Khanikar built this monument with the investment from Rudra Singha who was the Ahom king from CE 1696-1714. Singha brought Ghanashyam from Koch Bihar and made him his chief architect. The latter also constructed the capital city of Rangpur. As per the second belief, Ghanashyam constructed the Joysagar group of temples. He was then sent back to his native place but was captivated for secretly carrying a map of the Ahom capital. He was imprisoned for life and was sent to Rangpur. While incarcerated, he constructed the Ghanashyam House near the Joysagar group of the temples.

Monument Information


Ghanashyam House, Joysagar, Sivasagar, Assam - 785640

How To Reach

  • Nearest Airport :Jorhat Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station :Simaluguri Junction
  • Nearest Bus Station : Sivasagar Bus Station

Opening Hours

  • Opening Time : Sunrise
  • Closing Time :Sunset


  • Monsoon : Minimum: 25°C Maximum: 38°C

    Summer : Minimum: 25°C Maximum: 38°C

    Winter : Minimum: 10°C Maximum: 23°C

    Recommended Season to Visit : Winter Season (October to February)

Facilities available At the Monument

  • Signages
  • Brochure/guide book
  • Garbage bins
  • Visitors circulation path

Accommodation near the monument

Contact Details

  • Shri Bikas Das
  • Phone: 91-3772-222453, M-98640-22057
  • E-mail: subcirclesiv.asi@gmail.com

Museums near monument

Ticket Information

Terms & Conditions

  • The e-ticket is not transferable.
  • Entry Fee is not refundable.
  • E-ticket cancellations are not permitted.
  • The Monument is open for visitors between sunrise and sunset.
  • Visitor shall be required to show photo identity proof in original at the entry to the monument.
  • Edibles are not allowed inside the monument.
  • Inflammable/dangerous/explosive articles are not allowed.