Kamakhaya Devi Temple


Kamakhaya Devi Temple in Guwahati

Kamakhaya Devi Temple in Guwahati

Kamakhaya devi temple is the most visited temple in India. Kamakhaya means the spirit of female energy. It lies on the top hill of Neelachala Parvat or also called as Kamagiri. The recent structure of the temple was re-built in the year 1565 by the King Nara Narayana, in the Shikhara style. The Kamakhaya devi temple consists of sculptured panels and carved images of other Hindu gods outside the temple. Kamakhaya temple main body has seven shikharas, each of them have a golden Trishula on the top. There are three main chambers in the temple.

The western chamber is quite large and rectangular in shape this cannot be used by the general devotees, as there is the idol of Naga Matha place here. The middle chamber is square in shape here is a small idol of the main goddess, all the routine poojas and the decoration of the Goddess is carried out here. The southern chamber consists of an idol of the Chamundeswari Devi. The middle chamber leads towards the Garbha griha of the temple which is in the form of a cave, there are no images placed here but a small underground spring is found here.

Kamakhaya devi temple is devoted to Yoni. This is located in the cave at a dark and the mysterious middle chamber of the temple. The idol of matra yoni is draped with a beautiful silk sari and covered with amazing flowers. Kamakhaya temple is honored as one of the Shakti peethas out of the 51. The legends say that the yoni of sati fell at this place and Kamakhaya temple is built on the same spot. The Kamakhaya devi is believed as the goddess of granters of wishes. Here devi fulfills all the wishes of the devotees visiting this Kamakhaya temple with full faith.

Festival:

Durga pooja is celebrated with great enthusiasm every year during the Navarathri. This is the three day festival which attracts thousand of people. The most unique festival celebrated is the Ambuvaci. During this time the temple is closed for three days known as the fertility festival as it is believed that the Devi goes under her menstrual cycle. On the fourth day the temple is open with celebration.

Accommodation:

There are many hotels and lodges available here that ranges from economic class to luxury class. The hotels are well equipped and offer all the amenities to the tourists.

Getting there

  • Airways:

    Nearest airport is the Guwahati airport which is at a distance of about 8 kilometers away from the Kamakhaya Devi temple.

  • Railways:

    Nearest railway station is the Guwahati station it is just 8 kilometers way from the Kamakhaya Devi temple. There are many buses and taxis available from the station to the destination.

  • Road ways:

    There are state transport buses and luxury buses available from Guwahati to all the major cities of India.