Dedicated to
Aadi Shakti

Deity Posture

Architecture Style

Creator

Mlechchha dynasty ; Rebuilt by Koch King Nara Narayan and Ahom kings

Completed on

8th- 17th century

About Kamarupa Kamakhya, Guwahati, Assam

Shaktipītha, literally meaning – the seat of power, in India stand testament to the essence of this civilization, the civilization which put mother over God, this civilization where the mortal remains of a woman have been enshrined for ages, to remind every woman that within her lies a goddess too. The Shaktipīthas take us to a time that is beyond our comprehension; on the walls of each shaktipītha temple stories from every age are etched; and on its sacred earth sādhakas fulfill their Sādhanā till date. Shaktipīthas unify our country and diversify our culture. They have contributed immensely to the society that has bloomed around them and the propagation and perpetuation of different branches of philosophy within Hinduism. Shāktism has subsequently, through these
Shaktipīthas, contributed immensely to the emancipation and upliftment of women.

Legend:
According to Hindu Purānas, the 51 Shaktipīthas were consecrated around the mortal remains of Sati, Shiva’s wife. According to oral traditions and written lore, Sati was the daughter of Daksha Prajāpati, who considered Shiva his rival. Sati being an incarnation of Ādi Shakti, despite Her father’s disagreement, married Shiva. To spite Shiva, Daksha organized a grand yajña, and invited all devatas, Brahma, Vishnu and other celestial beings, deliberately leaving out the invitations to His daughter and Shiva. Sati, being wilful and affectionate of Her father, insisted on attending the yajña, despite Shiva’s urging to not go. The result, as anticipated, was disastrous: Daksha Prajāpati, drunk on his arrogance, humiliated Sati in front of all present, by viciously insulting Shiva and disowning Sati. Sati’s indignant and enraged response to this grave offence was the sacrifice of Her own mortal
coil by self immolating through Her yogic powers; what followed was the unleashing of Mahādeva’s rage: a dance of terror which spared none in its path. Shiva danced the terrible tandav, holding Sati’s charred body in his arms, which caused great cosmic chaos and forced Vishnu to intervene by blowing a discus into her body, and severing it into 51 pieces. Wherever a part of her body fell, the land became blessed and sacred. And Shiva retreated into the icy caves of his abode, awaiting the return of his beloved. The yoni (female genital) of Sati, fell at Kamarūpa – where on the very same spot stands the sacred shrine of Kāmakhyā.

History:
Kāmakhyā was originally worshipped as an esoteric goddess by the Garo and Khasi people living in forests. Inscriptions found in the temple premises suggest the existence of a grand temple somewhere around the 9th century. The Mlechchha dynasty had built this huge temple during their golden age. The later mouldings were done by the prominent Pala dynasty in the region and kings from Indra Pala to Dharma pala – all of them patronised the deity Kāmakhyā.

Architecture of Kamarupa Kamakhya, Guwahati, Assam

The temple is of Nagara style with a shikhar above the main yoni - garbhagriha of the temple. It has a stone hall in front of the main sanctum. The temple is topped with caps made of gold. Sculptures from several centuries can be seen in the outer walls of the temple.

How to reach Kamarupa Kamakhya, Guwahati, Assam?

By Train: Nearest railway station – Guwahati
By Air: Nearest airport- Guwahati
By Bus: Buses available from Guwahati

Kamarupa Kamakhya, Guwahati, Assam Timings

7 am to 4:30 pm

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