The Kamakhya Temple Guwahati is one of the most sacred temples in Assam. This temple is situated on Neelachala Parvat (also known as Kamagiri) near city of Guwahati and is dedicated to Goddess Shakti. This temple is considered as one of the Shakti Peethams which are linked to the legend of Shiva and Daksha Yagna. Legend has it that the reproductive organ (yoni) of Sati have fallen at this place.
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Goddess Shakti is known as Kamakhya here. According to Kalika Purana Kamakhya is described as the yielder of all desires, Shiva’s young bride and provider of salvation. The Kamakhya Temple of Guwahati was constructed during the time of Kamarupa in first millennium. This temple witnessed its destruction in 16th century and was later rebuilt by King Nara Narayana in 17thcentury. At present the structure features a Shikhara which looks like a bee hive.
It consists of beautifully sculptured panels and images of Lord Ganesha along with several other Hindu deities. This temple has three main chambers out of which the western chamber remains closed to general devotees and is rectangular in shape. The middle chamber consists of a small idol of Devi and is square in shape. From this middle chamber one can proceed to the sanctum sanctorum which is in caved form. This place does not consist of any kind of image, but there is a natural underground spring. This spring flows through a bedrock containing a cleft shaped like a yoni.
Every year during the summer, the Kamakhya Temple Guwahati organizes Ambubachi festival which is meant for the purpose of celebrating the menstruation of Goddess Kamakhya. At this auspicious occasion the water which runs on the main temple becomes red due to the presence of iron oxide. This water resembles the menstrual fluid. The Neelachala hill consists of other temples too, such as the temple of Bhairavi, Ghantakarna, Tara and Bhuvaneswari.
Those planning to visit Assam should make it a point to make a pilgrimage to Kamakhya Temple Guwahati and receive the blessings of Goddess Kamakhya.