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The Kamakhya Temple in Assam in India is famous destination in an East India pilgrimage tour. Located on a hill - Neelachala Parvat or Kamagiri, it is near the major city of Assam, Guwahati. It is one of the sacrificial places of worship in India. The Kamakhya Temple in Assam is one of the most revered Shakti shrines in India and is regarded as one of the Shakti Peethams linked with the legend of Shiva and Daksha Yagna. Shakti, residing on the Kamagiri hill is known as Kamakhya, the granter of desires. Traditionally known as the Kamarupa Desa, Assam has been associated with Tantric practices and Shakti worship.

Kamakhya TempleThe Kamakhya temple in India was destroyed in early 16th century, and then rebuilt in the 17th century by King Nara Narayana, of Cooch Bihar. Images of the builder and related inscriptions are seen in the temple. The ancient Sanskrit work Kalika Purana, describes Kamakhya as the yielder of all desires, the young bride of Shiva, and the giver of salvation.

The Legendary story behind the Kamakhya temple in Assam is that it came into existence when Lord Shiva was carrying the corpse of his deceased Sati, and her 'yoni' (female genitalia) fell to the ground at the spot where the temple now stands. It is regarded as one among the many prominent Hindu pilgrimage sites in India.

The Temple Structure : The Kamakhya Temple in Assam has a shikara in the shape of a beehive. There are intrinsically sculptured panels. There are images of Ganesha, Chamundeswari, dancing features etc. The temple is a natural cave with a spring. There is a dark, mysterious chamber located down a flight of steps to the bowel of earth. Here, draped with a silk sari and covered with flowers, is kept the "matra yoni". There is no image of Shakti here. Within a corner of a cave in the temple, there is a sculptured image of the Yoni of the Goddess, which is the object of reverence. A natural spring keeps the stone moist. Other temples on the Neelachala hill include those of Tara, Bhairavi, Bhuvaneswari and Ghantakarna. History of the Temple.

The exact date of the original temple is not known. It is believed that, the Kamakhya temple in Assam is an ancient temple. The Temple was rebuilt in 1665, after being destroyed by Muslim invaders. It was probably an ancient Khasi sacrificial site, sacrifices are still very much part of worship here. Group of devotees arrive each morning with goats to offer to Shakti.

The Festivals at Kamrupa Kamakhya :

Durgan Puja : Celebrated annually during Navaratri (Durga Puja in West Bengal) in the month of September-October, it is a three-day festival attracting several visitors.

Ambuvaci (Ameti): A unique festival in the sense that it is believed that, the Goddess (mother Earth) undergoes her menstrual period during this period. At that time the temple is closed for three days and opened with great festivity on the fourth day. It is believed to be inauspicious to till the ground or to plant seeds, during this period. This makes the Kamakhya temple one among the unique pilgrimage sites in India. Tour Bokking

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