About Kamakhya Devi Temple
- Kamakhya Devi Temple is a very sacred temple for Hindus and is considered one of the 51 Shakti Peethas of Hindu mythology.
- This was the place where the yoni (genitals) of Goddess Sati felt during the tandav nritya (dance) of Lord Shiva with the burning body of Goddess Sati.
- The Kamakhya temple is considered one of the oldest Shakti Peeth and is located in the western part of Guwahati. Originally a local place of worship for the mother goddess Kamakhya, where the main cult of the an iconic yoni set in natural stone continues today. Palace, Koch and Ahoms.
- In one corner of the cave of the temple, there is a natural sculpture of Devi Kamakhya, the mother of female vagina, which is the object of enshrinement. Although there is no image of Sati in the temple complex, it is the Yoni or female sexual organof the temple deity located in the corner of the temple cave and is the object of worship.
Kamakhya Devi Temple Timing and Facts:
05:30 AM to 01:00 PM
Nearest Railway Station
Guwahati Railway Station
Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (20kms.)
Kamakhya Devi Temple History
- Kamakhya Mandir was nearly destroyed in the early 16th century by Mughal terrorists and then rebuilt in the 17th century by the Hindu king Nara Narayana of Cooch Bihar. The ruins of the temple are said to have been discovered by Vishwasingha; founder of the Koch dynasty after the invasion. Vishwasingha, the founder of the Koch dynasty, found the ruins of an impressive 9th century temple. It is also believed that the first temple in general was built during the Mleccha dynasty.
Why temple is known as Kamakhya?
- There is also a belief behind the name of this temple as Kamakhya. It is stated that because of a curse, Kamdev had misplaced his manhood, who later bumped off this curse from the genitals and
womb of Goddess Shakti. Since then this temple changed into named Kamakhya Devi and her worship commenced.
- The famous Kamakhya temple is actually unique because Kamakhya (representing Shakti or female power) is known as the goddess of blood. In fact, all ten of these temples are one, and they were built to honor a supreme goddess Shakti and all the different personalities that make up her. Apart from Goddess Kali, the temple houses also include ten other Kali incarnations namely Matangi, Dhumavati, Kamala, Bagola, Bhairavi, Tara, Bhuvaneshwari, Chinamas and Tripura Sundari. During this period, Kamakhya temples will be closed for three days to distribute holy water from the Brahmaputra River near Kamakhya to Kamakhya Devi devotees.
How to Reach Kamakhya Devi Temple
- By Air – If you are going by air then you have to arrive at Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport. From airport the temple is 17 kms. far.
- By Train – If you are going by train you have to arrive at Guwahati Railway Station. From station it is 7 kms. far.
- By Road – If you are going Kamakhya Devi Temple by road, then you have to arrive at Guwahati.