Kamakhya Temple Quick Facts
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Kamakhya Temple Overview
Kamakhya Temple is just 8 kms from Guwahati, the largest city in the north eastern Indian state of Assam. Located at a distance of one of the famous temples of the country. It is the oldest of the 51 Shaktipeeths of Goddess Sati. Dedicated to Sati, the goddess of power, this temple is built on the Nilanchal or Nilsail ranges and has tantric significance. Every year lakhs of tourists come from all over the world to see it.
Kamakhya Temple History
Kamrup was ruled by many Hindu kings. According to the beliefs, it is believed that in the 16th century, wars started in the kingdoms of Kamrup, in which King Vishwasingh of Coochvihar princely state was victorious.
During this war, the brother of Raja Vishwa Singh had gone missing and to find him, he roamed around the Nilachal mountain. There he saw an old woman.
उस The woman told the king about the importance of this place and the existence of Kamakhya Peeth here. Believing the words of that woman, the king started excavation of this place. At the time of excavation, the lower part of the original temple built by Kamadeva came out. The king built a new temple on top of the same temple. The Temple is said to have been demolished by Muslim invaders in 1564, which was rebuilt the next year by Narnarayan, son of King Vishwasingh.
Kamakhya Temple Interesting Facts
- You will be surprised to know that there is no idol of Goddess available in this temple, here only the vaginal part of Goddess is worshiped and worshipped.
- This Temple is considered to be the biggest stronghold of Tantra Vidya and every year in the month of June, Ambuvasi fair is organized here. Sadhus-Saints and Tantriks from all parts of India gather here and do Tantra Sadhana.
- This Temple is included in the 51 Shaktipeeths of the Goddess. In order to dissuade Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu had cut 51 parts of the body of Sati with his Sudarshan Chakra and the place where the body parts of Sati fell are called Shaktipeeths.
- The Most important part of the temple is situated in a cave about 20 feet below the ground.
- This Temple remains closed for three days every month.
- The Ten Mahavidyas, Kali, Tara, Shodashi, Bhuvaneshwari, Chhinmasta, Bhairavi, Dhumavati, Baglamukhi, Matangi and Kamala etc. are also worshiped in this temple.
- There is also a custom of offering sacrifices here. For this, along with fish, goats, pigeons and buffaloes, fruits and vegetables like gourd, pumpkin are also sacrificed.
- It is worshiped here every year in the month of Pus as a symbolic wedding between Lord Kameshwar and Goddess Kameshwari.
- The Devotees who come here are given a wet cloth as prasad, which is called Ambuvachi cloth.
- Umanand Bhairav is the Bhairav of Shaktipeeth, there is also a temple of Umanand Bhairav near this temple, this temple is in the middle of Brahmaputra river. It is believed that if you do not have darshan of Umanand Bhairav, then the journey of Kamakhya Devi is considered incomplete.