Kamakhya Devi Temple Guwahati
The Kamakhya Devi Temple in Assam is considered the oldest of the 52 Shakti Peethas in India. This kamakhya temple is situated at the peak of Neelachal mountain towards the west of Guwahati city. There is no perfect idol or image of Kamakhya Devi in the temple. But, in the cave in the temple corner, there is a Sculptured image of the Yoni( Vulva) of the deity it was worshipped and adored. The natural divine atmosphere around the temple keeps the stone image moist every time. Kamakhya Devi Temple is a complex of individual temples of all ten Mahavidyas. This maa kamakhya temple is one of the important destinations for Hindu pilgrimages especially for the tantric Varhasippa and it is said that a tantric cannot attain perfection in his tantric practice unless he visits this temple once and worships Maa Kamakhya Devi.
Kamakhya Temple History:
The history of Kamakhya Temple was built in the 8th century and the renovation was done several times by various kings of the Ahom and Koch dynasties until the 17th century. Devotees in the maa kamakya temple do not worship the idol but instead worship the yoni (vulva) of Goddess Sati. According to the puranas (legend), Once Goddesses Sati went to her father’s house to participate in an auspicious event but her father Daksha Prajapati insulted her and spoke ill about Lord Shiva. Devi could not bear this humiliation and committed suicide. After this, Lord Shiva was so enraged that he took the remains of the deity and started performing Tandavam, during which parts of the goddess’s body fall where they are called Shakti Peethas. The Kamakhya temple is one such Shaktipeeth where the genitals of the deity fell.
Architecture of Kamakhya Mandir:
The present structure has a beehive-like spire and on the outside there are delightfully carved panels with images of Lord Ganesha and other Hindu gods and goddesses. There are about 20 temples in the Kamakhya mandir complex – the Maa Kamakhya Devi temple is the largest and most visited. The temple has four rooms, including a sanctum sanctorum and three mandapas. The sanctum sanctorum is a small dark cave reached by a narrow steep stone staircase. Inside the cave is a vagina-shaped fissure, which is constantly filled with water from a permanent underground spring. It is a vulva-shaped depression, which itself is worshiped as the Kamakhya deity.
Apart from the main temple, there are also 10 Mahavidya temples including Bhubaneswari, Bagalamukhi, Chinnamasta, Tripura Sundari, Tara, Kali, Bhairavi, Dhumavati, Matangi and Kamala temples. Of these, Tripura Sundari, Matangi and Kamala reside within the main temple, while the remaining seven are individual temples on the Nilachal Hills. Animals such as buffaloes, goats, monkeys, turtles and pigeons (all male and preferably black) are sacrificed inside the temple complex to appease Goddess Kamakhya.
Kamakhya Devi Temple Guwahati Pooja Timings:
5:30 AM – Snana of the Pithasthana.
6:00 AM – Nitya puja.
8:00 AM – Temple door open for devotees.
1:00 PM – Temple door closed for cooked offerings to the goddess followed by distribution among the devotees.
2:30 PM – Temple door reopens for the devotees.
5:15 PM – Closing of the temple door for the night.
7:30 PM – Aarati of Goddess.
5:30 AM – Snana of the Pithasthan.
6:00 AM – Nitya puja & Saradiya Durga Puja.
9:00 AM – Temple door open for devotees.
1:00 PM – Temple door closed for cooked offerings to the goddess followed by distribution among the devotees. Closing of the temple door at sunset.
7:30 PM – Aarati of Goddess.
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Rituals at Kamakhya Temple
The Kamakhya Devi Temple offers a variety of special pujas to Goddess Kamakhya throughout the year, along with daily worship. These pujas are called as follows:
Durga Puja: Durga Puja is celebrated every year in the month of September-October, also known as “Navratri”.
Kamakhya Mandir Mela:
Ambubachi Puja : This is the fertility festival celebrated every year to Maa Kamakhya Devi. During this period the goddess is considered to undergo menstruation and the temple remains closed for 3 days. Locals also believe that due to this phenomenon, the Brahmaputra river water turns red. It opens on the fourth day with grand festivities known as the Ambubachi Mela.
Pohan Biya : This festival is celebrated in the Hindi month of Pausha in December-January to mark the symbolic marriage between Lord Kameshwara and Devi Kameshwari.
Vasanti Puja : Vasanti Puja is performed in the Hindi month of Chaitra or March-April at Kamakhya Devi Temple.
kamakhya temple official website : https://www.maakamakhya.org/
Kamakhya Mandir Location:
Kamakhya temple, Guwahati,
Assam – 781010
Places to visit in Assam
Assam state Museum
How to Reach Kamakhya Temple Guwahati:
Through Air : Guwahati International Airport is located near the Kamakhya Temple. The temple is located about 20 km away from the airport.
Board a Delhi – Vistara, SpiceJet or GoAir flight. Airfare starts from INR 4,000.
Mumbai – Board an IndiGo or SpiceJet flight. Airfare starts from INR 5,000.
Kolkata – Board AirIndia or SpiceJet flight. Airfare starts from INR 3,000.
Bangalore – Board an AirAsia or AirIndia . Airfare starts from INR 5,000.
Through Train : Guwahati Railway Station and Kamakhya Railway Station are the two nearest train lines to reach the temple. After getting off the train, you can take a local taxi or bus to reach your desired destination. Some of the regular trains from metro cities to these two stations are listed below.
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