An aerial view of the Kamakhya Temple
An aerial view of the Kamakhya Temple

The Kamakhya Temple is located on the Nilachal Hill, Guwahati city, Assam. The Goddess Sati is known as ‘Goddess Kamakhya’. Kamakhya Temple is believed to be built by Lord Kamdev, the god of love. This temple is one of the four major Adi Shakti Peethas. The Adi Shakti Peetha is a place of worship to Goddess Shakti also called Goddess Sati, the main deity. Goddess Sati is the embodiment of Goddess Shakti (goddess of harmony) and also called such as Goddess Durga (goddess of strength) and Goddess Kali (goddess of destruction of evil).

A view inside the Kamakhya Temple
A view inside the Kamakhya Temple

It is said that the four major Shakti Peethas are created from the limbs of Goddess Sati‘s corpse. The body part or ornament that fell to the earth, is the place where the Adi Shakti temples are built. Apart from the following four Shakti Peethas, there are 51 other famous Peethas found from the religious books. The four major Adi Shakti Peethas are:

  1. Bimala Temple
  2. Tara Tarini Temple
  3. Kamakhya Temple
  4. Kalighat Kali Temple
A closeup view of the temple tower at Kamakhya Temple
A closeup view of the temple tower at Kamakhya Temple

Specialty

Among all the other temples, Kamakhya Temple is one of the main temple dedicated to the Mother Goddess Sati with ten different forms like Bhuvaneshvari, Bagalamukhi, Chinnamasta, Tripura Sundari, Tara, Kali, Bhairavi, Dhumavati, Matangi and Kamala. The main shrine locate the idols of Tripurasundari, Matangi and Kamala. The presiding deity of this Kamakhya Temple is a yoni shaped idol which is filled with water, below the ground level.

Kamakhya Temple is a holy expedition for women seeking fertility or love. The mythology says that Lord Shiva had a dance of destruction (Rudra Tandava) carrying half burnt body of Goddess Sati after Goddess Sati’s self-immolation. To stop the dance of destruction performed by Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu threw His Chakra (Sudharshan Chakra) on Goddess Sati’s body which dismembered Her body into 52 parts.

A view inside the Kamakhya Temple premises
A view inside the Kamakhya Temple premises

Each body part or ornament of Goddess Sati that fell on different places of the earth, and is the places where the Adi Shakti temples are built. It is believed that the Yoni of Goddess Sati fell here at the Nilachal hill,Assam. This temple consists of three chambers

  1. Calanta, which locates the small movable idol of Goddess Sati.
  2. Pancharatna, contains five small shikharas (a house boat).
  3. Natamandir, contains an apsidal end and a roof with Ahom style.
A view behind the tower at Kamakhya Temple
A view behind the tower at Kamakhya Temple

Dharshan Timing

The temple remains open from 8 AM till sunset, with a couple of hours break after 1.30 PM.

Festivals

  • Durga Puja – September or October
  • Ambubachi Mela – June
  • Manasha Puja – August
By Road

If you plan to commute by road then passengers can be assured that there are more than a few bus services, both private and public that travel to Guwahati.


By Train

The Paltan Bazaar Railway Station in Guwahati is one of the major railway junctions in the region that has trains coming in from different cities like Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai.


By Air

The Guwahati airport is well-connected to the various metros from Delhi, Agartala, Aizwal, Kolkata and Imphal.

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