Maa Kamakhya Temple
Kamkhya Temple is the holiest places in this world. It is one of the oldest of 51 Shakti piths. I think you have heard of Ambubachi Mela which is celebrated every year. This celebration took place every year in this temple. Devotes came here in numbers of lakhs every year.
It is situated on the Nilachal Hill in the western part of Guwahati city in Assam. This temple is dedicated to Hindu goddess Kamkhya. It is an important pilgrimage destination for general Hindu and especially for Tantric worshipers. People from different places from this entire world come here as it is believed to be very sacred and holy place.
How to reach?
It is in the middle of the city and very easy to get to the destination. You will find many options like bus, tracker, cab. ASTC also play bus services to and fro towards the temple from the Kachari bus stoppage. ASTC bus services are available from 8 A.M. to 6 P.M at the interval of 1 hour.
Kamakhya Temple Timings
On regular days, the temple remains open from 08:00 AM - 01:00 PM and 02:30 PM- 05:30 PM. However, on special days, like Durga Puja, the timings changes are as follows:
5:30 AM - Snana of the Pithasthana
6:00 AM - Nitya Puja
8:00 AM - Temple door open for devotees
1:00 PM - Temple door closed for food offerings to the goddess.
Kamakhya temple is devoted to Devi Kamakhya. It is believed that the ‘yoni’ or vagina part of Sati fell on this hill. Thus it became a pith. You will also find a rock fissure in the shape of a yoni inside the temple.Kamakhya temple is the Goddess of Desire.
Although Devi Kamakhya is the presiding deity, some other God’s statues are also here. They are Tripurasundari, Matangi, Kamal, Kali, Tara, Sodashi, Bhuvaneshwari, Chhinnamasta, Dhumvati, and Bagalamukhi. Tripurasundari, Matangi, Kamal these three reside in the main sanctum. Moreover, the others have their separate temples.
Structure of the temple
This temple is of four parts. They are:
Garbhagriha (main chamber) and three mandapas namely Calanta, Pancharatna, Nata Mandira.
The Garbhagriha is the inner sanctum. It is below ground level. You have to go deep inside the temple. It is small, dark and there is no idol of Goddess Kamakhya. Instead, there is a rock fissure in the shape of a yoni or vagina. One can reach this section by walking through steep stone steps. Inside the cave, you will be able to see a sheet of rock downwards from both sides meeting in a yoni-like depression which is about 10 inches thick. This hollow is filled with water.
The Calanta is towards the west of Kamakhya temple. It is a square size chamber, The walls of this room have some images and inscriptions carved into its surface.
When you move towards the west of Calanta, you can see Pancharatna. It has a flat roof.
Ambubachi Mela at Kamakhya Temple
The world famous Ambubachi Mela is held every in this temple. People come from different parts of the world. It is celebrated every year in the monsoon season or the Assamese month Ahhar. This meal is the most important festival of Kamakhya temple. During this Mela, the main door of the temple is being closed for three days. It is believed that during this period Devi Kamakhya goes through her annual cycle or menstrual cycle. People thought that during this time frame Mother Earth become unclear. The local population does not do any farming work, daily worship or any religious activity during these three days. It is then believed that the Devi has retrieved her purity. It is purely a ritual of the Tantrik cult. On the fourth day, doors are reopened for the devotees to worship goddess Kamakhya. Every year lakh of pilgrimage come to be a part of this particular occasion.
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Lastly, I will conclude by saying, Kamakhya temple and its surroundings are so peaceful that those who come here feel the presence of serenity and calmness. The atmosphere creates devotion in mind. Moreover, people feel them as lucky on after visiting this sacred place.
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