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Kamakhya  Kamroop Shaktipeeth

The Kamakhya  Temple is a Shakti temple situated on top of the Nilachal Hill in western part  of Guwahati city in Assam on the northern banks of the river Brahmaputra (the  son of Brahma), India. It is the main temple in a complex of individual temples  dedicated to different forms of the mother goddess as the Dasa Mahavidya,  including Bhuvaneshvari, Bagalamukhi, Chinnamasta, Tripura Sundari and Tara. It  is an important pilgrimage destination for general Hindu and Tantric  worshipers.

 
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This  is a famous pilgrimage for women seeking fertility or love. The temple is  supposedly built by Kamdev, the god of love. The Umananda temple is nearby in  an islet on the river. It has many pet monkeys.

Historically,  it was a famous Buddhist Tantra Peetha.   At a later stage, it became the place of Sadhana of Lord Matsyendranath  Nath and a temple was made. He was the great Guru of Lord Gorokhsha Nath, and  the founder of “Kula System” of Tantra in Bengal. The temple was renovated by  Cooch Bihar Kings.

The current  temple structure was constructed in 1565 by Chila Rai of the Koch dynasty in  the style of medieval temples. The form of the earlier structure, destroyed by  the Kala Pahar, is unknown. The current structure has a beehive-like shikhara  with delightful sculptured panels and images of Ganesha and other gods and  goddesses outside.

The temple  consists of three major chambers. The western chamber is large and rectangular  and is not used by the general pilgrims for worship. The middle chamber is a  square, with a small idol of the Goddess, a later addition. The walls of this  chamber contain sculpted images of Naranarayana, related inscriptions and other  gods. The middle chamber leads to the sanctum sanctorum of the temple in the  form of a cave, which consists of no image but a natural underground spring  that flows through a yoni-shaped cleft in the bedrock. During the Ambuvaci  festival each summer, the menstruation of the Goddess Kamakhya is celebrated.  During this time, the water in the main shrine runs red with iron oxide  resembling menstrual fluid.It is likely  that this is an ancient Khasi sacrificial site, and worshiping here still  includes sacrifices. Devotees come every morning with goats to offer to Shakti.

The Kalika  Purana, an ancient work in Sanskrit describes Kamakhya as the yielder of all  desires, the young bride of Shiva, and the giver of salvation. Shakti is known  as Kamakhya.
The Kamakhya  Temple in Assam symbolizes the "fusion of faiths and practices" of various  traditions in Assam. The Yogini Tantra mentions that the religion of the Yogini  Pitha is of Kirata origin. According to Assamese literature, there existed a  tradition among the priests established by Naranarayana that the Garos, a  matrilineal people, offered worship at the Kamakhya site by sacrificing pigs



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