Maa Kamakhya Temple, Guwahati
Kamakhya temple, a temple resonating the female power of “Shakti”. It is dedicated to Goddess Kamakhya and is
believed to be “The Granter of desires”. Located in the unexplored Nilachal
hills in the western part of Guwahati, the biggest metropolis city of
North-east India. This temple is counted
among the four most important Shakti Peeths in the country. Shakti Peeths are
temples with highest power of divinity. The temple has ancient origins but reconstructed
several times during 8th-17th century.
Kamakhya temple is among the holiest of shrines throughout India. The
temple is structured like a hemispherical dome with a cruciform base. The
temple has 4 chambers including the garbhagriha.
The temple premises not only consist of Kamakhya Devi Temple which
locals fondly called “Shodshi Temple”, but it consists of a group of 10
temples. These 10 temples surrounding “Kamakhya Devi” were created to honour
the Mahavidyas. The entrance is exquisitely
designed with ingenious carvings adorned with colourful flowers. The temple has a gigantic dome which
overlooks the picturesque Nilachal Hills.
It is said that the Kamakhya temple does not actually have an idol.
It is believed that the inner temple “Garbhagriha” represents the womb of the Goddess and it is worshipped profusely. The
garbhagriha is steep , dark and reached through narrow and sharp stones. It is
below the ground level and consists a rock fissure in the shape of “yoni” which
is filled with water from the unending underground stream.
Goddess Kamakhya is known as the benefactor of salvation. It is
believed that by offering pujas one can achieve salvation or namely Ambubachi
festival, Manasha puja festival and Durga puja festival. moksh here. The
temple also offers Tantra worship during annual festivals. There are
3 annual festivals
During the Ambubachi festival thousands of tantra devotees visit the
temple. This festival celebrates the Goddess’s fertility. This festival is
celebrated during the monsoons. It is believed that Mother Earth is at her
fertile best due to the rains nurturing her womb that is soil. Legends has it
that during this festival the river Brahmaputra that flows beside the temple
turns red. It is believed that it is a divine miracle.
It is said that Kamakhya temple has its own miraculous powers and
ways of worship. During the Ambubachi festival, the temple remains closed for
3-4 days and before closing white sheets are swathed inside the temple. After the reopening of the temple the sheets
are found red in colour and celebrations are at its peak. The red sheets are
torn into pieces and distributed among the devotees.
During the Navaratri festival, that is a span of nine nights. During
this festival Goddess Durga is worshipped and scriptures are chanted making the
atmosphere eternally blessed .
Manasha Puja is to worship Goddess Manasha who is extensively
worshipped in Assam. Goddess Manasha is very important fertility deity and
depicted with a branch of tree, an earthen pot and snake. It is also believed
that she is worshipped for protecting the people from snake bites and
The other places of attraction are:
The Umananda temple – This temple has a pristine location. As it is
located on the smallest inhabited riverine island in the world and is also known
as peacock island. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The Umananda Island are at a distance of 48 kms from the city
offering serene and spectacular views of Brahmaputra. It is unexplored,
untouched and witnesses the wilderness. It’s a place not being disrupted with
The Assam State museum - It is one of the famous museums in North-East
India. It showcases the rich history and culture of North-east India. It was established
in the 1940s. The museum has an extensive collection of artefacts and
sculptures from 5th-12th century.
There is so much to explore and a chance to witness the divinity of
Assam. Let’s go on an effortless journey
to experience the spiritual side of North-east India with My Tirth India.
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