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  • Guwahati Kamakhya Temple
  • Guwahati Kamakhya Temple
  • Guwahati Kamakhya Temple
  • Guwahati Kamakhya Temple
  • Guwahati Kamakhya Temple

Guwahati Sri Kamakhya Devi Temple Guwahati Assam


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Description
Situated in the serene and scenic Nilachal hills, in Guwahati, Assam, the Kamakhya Temple is one of the most important pilgrimage places for Hindus. India has 51 Shakti Peeths out of which the Kamakhya temple is one of the oldest and is also considered to be the most powerful. This place is also known for being a place of Tantric worship. Thus Kamakhya temple is an example of the Tantra clique of India too. This divine destination is place filled with purity, peace, sacrifice and tranquility.
History
According to the Puranas, Goddess Kamakhya is the giver of desires and thus she is regarded as the one who denotes the procreant aspects of nature. Thus this place most importantly worshipped for the motherhood. It is said the Yoni of Sati, the wife of Lord Shiva fell at this place and this is worshipped in this temple and not any image of the Goddess as such. Hence this becomes an enchanting influence and a living antiquity in itself. It can be said that the roots of this temple are Pre- Aryan. Analytics also reveal that the Kamakhya Temple was built by Kamdeva.
Importance/Significance
It is said that Lord Shiva condemns Sati in Daksh Yagna and feeling insulted Sati decides to die. Thus when Lord Shiva carried her corpse, the body parts fell at different places which are known as Shakti Peeths, her Yoni (Female Genital) fell here. This place was not known until Kamadeva, the God of Love, searched this place to free himself from Lord Brahma's curse. After worshipping at this place, he regained his Rupa i.e beauty which is why the entire place is known as Kamarupa and their deity is known as Kamakhya.Architecturally, this temple was refurbished several times and has beautiful carvings, inscriptions and sculptures of Hindu gods and goddesses. This temple also has an incomplete staircase, Mekhalauja Path which holds a story to itself. It so happened that a demon, Naraka fell in love with Goddess Kamakhya and asked her to marry him, but as a demon could not marry a goddess, she laid a condition that she would marry him only if he builds a temple, a tank and a staircase from the foothill of Nilachal to her place. Naraka had supernatural powers and almost managed to finish everything except a last few stairs, but Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of a cock and started to cry, symbolizing the break of dawn. Hence these few last stairs are incomplete
Festivals/Events/Gatherings
The shrine of Kamakhya is situated amidst nine other temples which are devoted towards the Mahavidyas, that are ten in number, they are Kamala, Bhairai, Bhuvaneshwari, Sundari, Kali, Matangi, Chinnamalasta, Dhumavati, Tara and Bagalamukhi. Hence all these can also be visited. Another important celebration is the Ambubachi Mela which takes place in monsoon. This celebration has a very unique significance as it celebrates the menstruation of mother Earth. It is believed that the deity Kamakhya goes through her annual menstrual cycle at this time and hence people celebrate the power nurturing power of mother Earth.The shrine of Kamahkya bears to itself a unique, mysterious and relinquishing history which attracts not only devotees but also many tourists to this place.
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