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Kamakhya Tirth Kshetra



Kamakhya Tirth Kshetra


Kamakhya, Guwahati, Assam 781010

The Kamakhya Temple, located atop the Neelachal Hill in Guwahati, Assam, is an iconic Hindu pilgrimage site and one of the most sacred Shaktipeeths in India. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Kamakhya, who is the embodiment of divine feminine energy. Kamakhya's significance in Hinduism is deeply rooted in the mythology, spirituality, and cultural fabric of the region. According to the scriptures, this temple is believed to be the place where the yoni (female reproductive organ) of Goddess Sati fell during the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva, symbolizing the creative and regenerative aspect of Shakti. The Kamakhya temple complex consists of several temples dedicated to different forms of the goddess. Devotees visit Kamakhya to seek blessings for fertility, protection, and spiritual well-being. The unique feature of the temple is the natural spring inside the sanctum sanctorum, which is believed to turn red during the annual Ambubachi fair, symbolizing the goddess's menstrual cycle and the creative power of nature. Many people come to the Kamakhya pilgrimage area with the desire to have a child and take blessings from the mother to fulfill their wishes. Ambubachi Fair is a major festival celebrated in Kamakhya, attracting pilgrims from all over the country. The architecture of the temple reflects a blend of Assamese and Bengali styles, adorned with intricate carvings and sculptures. The Kamakhya Tirth Kshetra stands not only as an important place of worship but also as a cultural and spiritual icon, symbolizing the divine feminine energy and the cyclical nature of creation, preservation, and transformation in Hindu philosophy.

Mythological History:

Sati Swaroopini Adyashakti Mahabhairavi Kamakhya Tirtha is also considered to be the highest virgin pilgrimage in the world. That is why the Kumari-puja ritual is also very important in this Shaktipeeth. Although the symbols of the proto-shakti are the virgins of all clans and varnas. In this area, the primal power Kamakhya is always present in the form of a virgin.

According to the legend, when Goddess Sati left her body with the power of yoga, Lord Shiva started roaming around with her, after which Lord Vishnu started cutting her body with his chakra, then the vagina of Bhagwati Sati fell in Neelachal hill, and that vagina gave birth to a person. Took the form of a goddess, who is called Goddess Kamakhya. The vagina is the place where the baby is nurtured for 9 months and it is from here that the baby enters this world. This is considered to be the reason for the origin of the universe. Devotees come here to worship the fallen yoni (womb) of Goddess Sati who is in the form of Goddess Kamakhya and worships the womb of Goddess Sati because of the creation and sustenance of the world. Just as a human being is born from his mother's vagina (womb).

The Ambubachi fair is also held here every year. During the fair, the water of the nearby Brahmaputra turns red for three days. This red color of water is due to the menstruation of Goddess Kamakhya. Then after three days, a crowd of devotees gather in the temple for darshan. Let us tell you that very strange Prasad is given to the devotees in the temple. In comparison to other Shaktipeeths, red colored wet cloth is given as Prasad in Kamakhya Devi Temple.

It is said that when the mother has menstruation for three days, a white colored cloth is spread inside the temple. After three days, when the doors of the temple are opened, the cloth becomes drenched in red color with the blood of the Mother Goddess. This cloth is called Ambuvachi Vastra, it is given to the devotees as Prasad, and this fair is held.

Kamakhya Temple is one of the oldest temples in India and naturally, centuries of history are associated with it. It is believed that it was constructed between the eighth and ninth centuries. When Hussain Shah invaded the Kamakhya kingdom, he destroyed the Kamakhya temple, leaving nothing left and the temple in ruins. This remained so until the temple was rediscovered in the 1500s. And when Vishwasingha, the founder of the Koch dynasty, revived this temple as a place of worship.

After this, when his son took over the throne, this temple was rebuilt in 1565, after which this temple is as it appears today. The history of this temple is still hidden behind its walls. Where pilgrims from different parts of the country come for darshan. Thousands of people come here every year to have the darshan of the goddess.

Main attractions of Kamakhya Devi Temple: If we talk about the inside of Mata's temple, there is Saubhagya Kund (Kreeda Pushkarini) pond near it. It is said so. That by circling that pond one gets virtue. After taking a bath in that pond, the devotees enter Shri Ganeshji temple for darshan. Chalamurti-Utsava idol is visible in the middle of the 12 pillars in front of the temple. He is also known as Bhog Murti or Harigauri Murti.

To the north of the temple, Dashabhuj Kameshwar Mahadev, Vrishvahana and Panch-Vaktra are present. In the southern part of the temple, there are 18 Lochana Kamalasana Devi Kameshwari and 12 Bhuji Singhvahini. Devotees first have the darshan of Kameshwari Devi and later Kameshwar Shiva. Yonimudra Peetha of Mata Kamakhya is present in a dark cave below ten stairs. An unbroken flame burns at that place and the path to reach that place is different.

Festivals celebrated in Kamakhya Temple: Kamakhya Temple is known for its vibrant and colorful festivals. The most famous festival celebrated in the temple is the Ambubachi fair, which is held every year from 22nd June to 26th June.

Timing Of Temple: 

Morning Puja: 05:30 AM to 06:30 AM

Morning Shodhana Puja: 07:00 AM to 08:00 AM

Morning Alambana Puja: 08:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Afternoon: Evening Puja: 01:00 PM to 05:30 PM

Evening: Alambana Puja: 06:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Night: Palana Puja: 09:30 PM to 10:00 PM

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