Kamakhya Devi Temple, Assam

Kamakhya Devi Temple is a famous pilgrimage spot in Guwahati, Assam.  The temple is dedicated to the mother goddess Kamakhya who is worshipped by all locals here. The temple is counted among the most sacred and oldest of the 51 Shakti Peethas in the world. Resting on the top of Nilachal Hills, Kamakhya Devi Temple edges the beautiful Brahmaputra River.

The temple houses and is encircled by 10 Mahavidyas, including Bhuvaneshvari, Bagalamukhi, Chinnamasta,Tripura Sundari, Tara, Kali, Bhairavi, Dhumavati, Matangi and Kamala Temples.

Temple Structure
The temple underwent renovations many times and the complex which you see today features a hybrid indigenous style which impresses all visitors. It features four main chambers namely garbhagriha and three mandapas locally called calanta, pancharatna and natamandira.  The garbhagriha is the most beautiful one resting on plinth moldings.  Its panels are decorated with sculptured Ganesha and images of other gods and goddesses. Other important chambers of the temple are Calanta, Pancharatna, and Natamandir. Calanta is a square chamber of type atchala which houses a small movable idol of the Goddess. You can see its walls beautified with sculpted images of Naranarayana. The pancharatna also grabs attention with its five smaller shikharas. The natamandira is on the west of the pancharatna and features a ridged roof of the Ranghar type Ahom style.

Kamakhya Temple is a significant pilgrimage place for all sects of Hindus and especially for Tantric worshipers. The place is known for being the ancient sacrificial site of Khasi people where devotees used to sacrifice goats to Goddess Shakti.

The temple hosts the popular Ambubachi Mela which sees thousands of tantra devotees. Other significant festivals celebrated here include Manasha Puja celebrated annually at Kamakhya during Navaratri.

How to Reach
The temple is located at a convenient distance of just 8 kilometres from Guwahati city and 6 km from Guwahati railway station. Guwahati Airport also links the temple to all major parts of India.

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