The Menstruating Goddess Kamrup Devi Kamakhya
Kamrup Kamakhya Devi – Maa Sati
One of the pilgrimages in India is Kamrup Kamakhya Devi temple. This temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peeths (significant shrines and pilgrimage destinations) in India. Kamakhya temple is situated at Nilachal Hills of Guwahati Assam. This Hindu temple is quite unique and distinctive for domed roofs, which is built in the 7th century.
There are total 6 temples to visit. One Bhutanese Tara Temple, the shrine of the Snake Goddess, Manasa, and two other temples are situated in the premises of Kamakhya temple. The Bhubaneswar Temple is situated at the highest point of the hill. It offers a spectacular view of the city and the Brahmaputra River. This place is also known for the famous festival of Ambubachi Mela (Fair).
How to Reach
By Road – Guwahati is connected to other parts of the country, including Calcutta and Delhi by road, airways, and railways.
By Air – The nearest airport is GopinathBordoloi Airport at Borzhar, 14 km from the city centre. Regular flights are available from Calcutta while five days a week flight service is available from Delhi.
The origin of Kamakhya temple
There is a say that Sati married to Lord Shiva against the wishes of her parents. Lord Shiva was famous for unusual appearance and pretends to be a sanyasi for which he was disliked by Sati’s parents but was liked by Sati.
Once there wasa quarrel between Lord Shiva and Sati.Reason being that Sati wanted to attend a Yagna (a ritual sacrifice with a specific objective) to be held at her parent’s house.
However, Lord Shiva was against their participation in that Yagna, since Sati’s parents were against their marriage.So he asked Sati to avoid visiting her parent’s place.But she did not listen to him and attended the Yagna.
Later when Lord Shiva went to his in-law’s house to bringher back, he had to face a lot of insult by Sati’s father. Sati felt very ashamed for the conduct of her father and commits suicide.This news made Lord Shiva furious and he performed a dance of destruction “Tandava” carrying Sati’s dead body on his shoulder.
To calm Lord Shiva from this dance of destruction which was just creating havoc everywhere, Lord Vishnu cut the body of Sati with his chakra. Because of which her body parts fell at 108 different places on earth.
It is said that Maa Sati’s below parts, the womb had fallen at the place where Kamakhya Temple is now situated, this is the saga of origin of Kamakhya Devi.
Festival of Ambubachi Puja
The temple of Kamakhya is also famous for the festival called Ambubachi Puja, the festive of fertility. It is considered that during this festive time goddess is undergoing her menstrual cycle.
There is one myth that during this festival the famous river the Brahmaputra looks red; this holy water is also distributed among the devotees after the puja.
This temple remainsclose for 3 days and opens on the 4th day with a celebration. During this festive time, no women with their menstruation are allowed to enter the temple premises.
The significance of Temple Kamakhya
The uniqueness of this temple is that there is no sculpture to worship except the Goddess’s ‘Yoni’ or ‘Vagina’. Kamrup Kamakhya Devi is also known for powerful Tantric (religious group) and is most auspicious place in the country.People from across the country come to worship Kamrup Devi Kamakhya.