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“Shaktipeeth Must visit” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Kamakhya Temple

Kamakhya Temple
Nilachal Hill, Guwahati, India
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Ranked #2 of 34 things to do in Guwahati
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Shaktipeeth Must visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The place is one of the most important Shaktipeets in India and it shows in the number of devotees.
Do not plan for a Holiday or religious day to visit as you may need to come back like us. It was a Sunday and even rs 500 Line had approx. 6 hr waiting.

Visited May 2014
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“Well worth”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The centre of Tantric Worship and a very famous Shaktipeeth, it is a must to visit whenever you are in Guwahati. Teh system of Pass is useful to beat the rush with some money paid. The entry is narrow and the interiors can get claustrophobic. Also, may not like to get very small children here as the place can affect them.

Visited December 2013
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“MAA KAMKHYA DEVI DARSHAN”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Maa Kamakhya one Shakti Peeth of Maa Devi Durga. We are experienced very good in nature, net & clean Temple areas, ideal spirituality grown and took bless calm & quite que, no hurry and Panda not annoyed or excited at all, overall satisfied & mental piece arises. Joy Maa Kamakhya Devi always bless us.

Visited June 2014
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“Kamakya Temple, very powerfull and vibrant temple.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

During our Guwahati visit we could had a holy darshan at Kamakya temple one of the Sakthi peeth and powerful ancient temple. It was a really wonderful experience. Usually heavy crowd will be there foe darshan. Special darshan queues also there.
LEGEND:
Once Naraka, motivated by his carnal desire, wanted to marry Devi Kamakhya. When proposed, the goddess playfully put a condition before him. If Naraka would be able to build a staircase from the bottom of the Nilachal hill to the temple within one night, then she would surely marry him.

Naraka took it as a challenge and tried all with his might to do this marathon task. He was almost about to accomplish the job when the Devi, panic-stricken as she was to see this, played a trick on him. She strangled a cock and made it crow untimely to give the impression of dawn to Naraka. Duped by the trick even Naraka thought that it was a futile job and left it half way through. Later he chased the cock and killed it in a place which is now known as Kukurakata, situated in the district of Darrang. The incomplete staircase is known as Mekhelauja path.

Visited October 2013
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“Kamakhya--Powerful Shakti Peeth”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Kamakhya Temple is located on Nilachal Hills in Guwahati city about 5 Kms from the city center. Autos and other private vehicles are available to reach the temple. Cars are permitted upto some extent on the hill and from there, one has to walk through steps to reach the main temple.
One can view the city of Guwahati from the top of the hill, which gives a great look.

The temple is primary amongst the 51 Shakti Peethas related to the cult of Sati, and remains one of the most important Shakta temples and Hindu pilgrimage sites in the World..

.Kamakhya is pictured as a young Goddess, 16 years old, with twelve arms and six heads of varying colors, representing a powerful Goddess who is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. She is ornately dressed, typically wearing a red sari, opulent jewelry and red flowers such as hibiscus.

She holds in each of ten hands a lotus, trident, sword, bell, discus, bow, arrows, club or scepter, goad, and shield. Her remaining two hands hold a bowl, which is made either of gold or a skull. She is seated upon a lotus, which emerges from the navel of Lord Shiva, who in turn lies atop a lion. Brahma and Vishnu are as well seated on a Lotus on either side of the Goddess Kamakhya.

Kamakhya is mentioned in the Kalika Purana as the most important Goddess of Tantric worship, and is referred to in the text as Mahamaya, the "great Goddess of Illusion", who takes on many forms depending on her mood. Devotees also call her Kameshwari ("beloved Goddess of desire"), and consider her a form of Maha Tripura Sundari, also called Shodashi. She is identified with Kali in the Kalika Purana, Yoginitantra and Kamakhya Tantra, each of which echoes this verse:


The Kamakhya Kamarupa Temple is one of the 18 Maha Shakti Peetha.(Totally there are 51 Shakti Peetas) The mythology of Daksha yaga and Sati's self-immolation had immense significance in shaping the ancient Sanskrit literature and even had impact on the culture of India. It led to the development of the concept of Shakti Peethas and there by strengthening Shaktism.

This is a must visit temple as this is one of the Maha Shakti Peetha. Normally, there will be heavy rush in the mornings till noon. We preferred to go in the later part of the noon and had a good darshan. There are Pandas who tempt you to follow them for quick darshan. In the event of heavy rush, please take Special Darshan tickets (Rs.100/- or so) and have darshan.

Visited October 2013
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