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Kamakhya Devi Temple

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Kamakhya Devi Temple Kamakhya Devi Temple which is located in the Indian state of Assam in North-East, is one of the most revered shrine as an epitome of deep religious faith by Hindu followers. Kamakhya is a form of Mother Goddess Kali and considered a pious source of dreams fulfiller and an eternal source of salvation.

On the Indian land of festivals, fairs and religions there are some shrines which are considered among the most revered for their followers. Kamakhya Devi Temple which is a Shakti Peetham, is located near the capital city of Guwahati in the state of Assam in North-East India. Also known as Kamakhya Temple, this shrine is dedicated to the Goddess Kamakhaya (a form of Goddess Durga) alongwith different temples throughout the complex, devoted to the various forms of mother goddess. Situated on a hill namely Neelachala Parvat or Kamagiri, the Kamakhya Devi Temple is amongst the most holy shrines and pilgrimage destinations in India.

According a Hindu mythological scripture, Kalika Purana, describes Kamakhya as the realizer of all desires and an eternal source of salvation from the materialistic world. Kamakhya a form of Goddess Shakti, the bride of Lord Shiva, is considered to remain as the revered symbolic form of reproductive organ (Yoni) which presides as a big crevice in the bedrock. The history of Kamakhya Temple dates back to the period between 16th and 17th century when the temple was destructed and built again in year 1565 by King Nara Narayana of Koch dynasty.
According a Hindu mythological scripture, Kalika Purana, describes Kamakhya as the realizer of all desires and an eternal source of salvation from the materialistic world. Kamakhya a form of Goddess Shakti, the bride of Lord Shiva, is considered to remain as the revered symbolic form of reproductive organ (Yoni) which presides as a big crevice in the bedrock. The history of Kamakhya Temple dates back to the period between 16th and 17th century when the temple was destructed and built again in year 1565 by King Nara Narayana of Koch dynasty.

Getting There
Kamakhya Devi Temple is situated in Western part of the Guwahati city at a distance of just 8 Kms and the temple is well connected by the easily available modes of Buses and Taxis.

Legends of Kamakhya Devi Temple
Kamakhya Devi Temple Kamakhya Devi Temple in Assam is a revered symbol of faith and religious practices for the Hindu followers all over India. According to the Hindu mythological references it is believed that when Daksha, father of Goddess Sati, was performing pooja ceremony (Yajna), misbehaved with Sati and insulted Lord Shiva her husband. As she could not tolerate this and jumped into the Yajna fire and committed self-immolation. This enraged Lord Shiva and in utter grief he destroyed the entire Yajna and beheaded Daksha, after giving him new lease of life, Lord Shiva replaced his head, with the head of a Goat. After that Lord Shiva took the corpse of Sati and started the dance of destruction in the whole universe. Then Lord Vishnu intervened and destroyed the remains of the body of Goddess Sati with his disc (sudarshana chakra). The different parts of Sati's body fell on the various areas of Indian sub-continent and are known as Shakti Peethams. Kamakhya Temple, it is believed, is the place where after destroying the corpse of Goddess Sati, her yoni (the reproductive organ) fell.

The revered crevice is adorned by saree and vermilion powder (sindoor) and is offered flowers. The ancient temple complex has images and sculptures of Lord Ganesha, Goddess Chamunda in different dancing forms, also visible are the images and inscribed references about the temple's construction.

Attractions of Kamakhya Devi Temple
Among the festival celebrations of Durga Puja during Navratri at Kamakhya Temple, an annual festival observed as Ambubashi sees great throngs of devotees from all over.
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