Kamakhya Temple is situated at about 10 Kilometers from Guwahati, Assam at the peaks of Nilanchal Mountains. It is one of the 52 Shaktipeeth Temples dedicated to Goddess Sati , it is also one of the oldest Shaktipeeth temples and a really unique one too. Kamakhya Devi is also referred to as the ‘Bleeding Goddess’.
The history of the temple dates back to Mata Sati taking her own life by jumping in the Yagya which was performed by her Father Daksha in which he knowingly didn’t invite Shiva who was Mata Sati’s spouse. This leads to Shiva taking his wife’s corpse and roaming in the pain.
This lead to Lord Vishnu using his Sudarshan chakra and catting Mata Sati’s remains which resulted in 52 pieces and thus lead information of 52 Shaktipeeths.
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It is believed that the female genitalia or ‘Yoni’ fell on the place where the present Kamakhya temple is situated today. King Nara Narayana of Cooch Behar reconstructed the temple in 1665 after it was destroyed by the foreign invaders.
The most important part of the temple is the Garbha Grihya which is located 20 feet under the ground in a small cave. In the Garbh Grihya, there is no idol of Mata instead there is a small Yoni-shaped Kund called Yoni Kund where one can see water coming out of it. This Kund is always covered with red cloth and flowers.
Apart from Garbhagriha, the temple has three mandaps named Calantha, Pancaratna, and Natamandira. Of which general people cannot visit the Calantha Mandapa. Pancaratna Mandapa houses an idol of Goddess Sati and the last chamber is beautifully decorated by the ancient Sculptures.
- Religious Affiliation: Hindu
- Deity: Kamakhya
- Location: Kamakhya, Guwahati, Assam
- Entry Fees: Nil
- Architectural style: Nilachal architecture
- Temple Timings: 5:30 AM to 10:00 PM
- Festivals: Durga Puja, Manasha Puja
- Best Time To Visit: May – October
How To Reach?
The nearest airport to the temple is situated at about 20KM from the capital city of Guwahati, Assam, India.
The nearest railhead is Kamakhya Junction railway station which is about 4 kilometers away.
Guwahati is well connected with roads. Assam Tourism Development has many buses connecting it with major cities.
Astonishing Facts About The Temple?
- Kamakhya is one of the oldest Shakti temples.
- Garbha Griha of Kamakhya temple has no deity.
- In the month of June every year, it’s aforesaid that the divinity bleeds. during this time, the Brahmaputra River close to the temple turns red in color. It would be strange however until this date, there has been no scientific reason on why the water of the spring turns red.
- It is that the image of a woman’s inventive ability. and therefore the Kamakhya temple celebrates this ‘shakti’ gift in each girl.
Where To Stay?
Lalita Kanta Yatri Niwas
It is a good accommodation near the temple which is owned and managed by Assam Development Corporation. The rooms are clean and come at a decent price. Additionally, it also offers a beautiful View of Nilanchal Hills.
Average Cost : 500 INR
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