Complete Guide To Kamakhya Temple
Kamakhya Temple, the name itself stats the holiness of the place and its history. Kamakhya temple is the temple of Maa Kamakhya or Kameswari which is renowned Goddess of Desire.
The temple is considered most sacred and oldest of the 51 Shakti Peethas on earth. Kamakhya Temple is in Assam, Guwahati.
What is Kamakhya temple famous for?
Kamakhya Temple is one of the Shakti Peethas ( Seat of Power ) of the 51 Shakti Peethas on earth. Kamakhya is named after Sati (wife of lord Shiva). The word Kamakhya comes after the body part of sati, specifically the body part – Kamar ( waist ).
How the body part got there?
Sati wanted to go to a yagna ( Puja) without being invited and Lord Shiva forbade her, Despite that, Sati went to a yagna performed by her father Prajapati Daksha, as Lord Shiva & Sati were not invited by Daksha, Sati reached the Yagna spot, Daksha started to insult Lord Shiva in front of all the denizens of Tribhuvana. Unable to bear the insult, Sati took her own life at the Yagna spot itself. When Lord Shiva came to know about the tragic incident, he became furious.
He took dead Sati’s body on his shoulders and started performing Tandava. Vishnu tried to pacify Shiva, but failed. Later he dismembered the body of Sati into 51 pieces with his Sudarshan Chakra. The places where each part fell came to be known as the Shakti peethas.
Note: The above information is based on my knowledge. No intension of hurting any ones sentiments.
Which part of Sati’s body fell at Kamakhya?
At kamakhya, it is known that sati’s female genitalia or ‘Yoni‘ fell.
How many part of Sati’s body fell on earth?
After Lord Vishnu unleashed his Sudarshan Chakra, the chakra dismembered the body of Sati into 51 pieces.
Each of the 51 pieces of the body is a Shakti Peeth.
How To Reach Kamakhya Temple
So if you are interested in visiting Kamakhya Temple, then here’s a little travel guide that will definitely help you get there with minimal efforts and best way possible.
So before you get started, lets get a few things clear.
- Guwahati is the major city of assam, and kamakhya temple is about 50 mins travel from Guwahati railway station
- Kamakhya is another city which just next to guwahati. From kamakhya railway station the temple is just 20 minutes away.
- The Nearest Airport is – Borjhar – Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi international Airport.
- The Nearest Railway Station is Kamakhya
- The National Highway is Guwahati Shillong Road (G.S Road) of NH-40.
Most Asked – How to reach Kamakhya Temple
Guwahati to Kamakhya Temple Distance
The distance from Guwahati Railway Station to Kamakhya Temple is 7.1 KM and will take 14 mins
Kamakhya Railway Station to Kamakhya Temple Distance
The distance from Kamakhya Railway Station to Kamakhya Temple is 4.7 KM and will take 12 mins
Borjhar Airport to Kamakhya Temple Distance
The distance from Borjhar Airport to Kamakhya Temple is 19.6 KM and will take 30 mins
How to Reach Kamakhya Temple by Train, Bus, Car, Air
Kamakhya Temple is located 7 kilometers away from Guwahati city, and 16.6 km from Guwahati Airport. The best way to reach Kamakhya Temple is by cab or a taxi from the Airport or Railway station.
If you are travelling by Air, then Borjhar – Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport ( GAU ) is where you need to arrive. From Borjhar, you can come to kamakhya City and book your Oyo Room or a Hotel there.
From Kamakhya city, take a cab or a taxi and heads towards kamakhya Temple. This will take around 20 mins to arrive from Kamakhya City to the Temple.
PoooPoooo.. Chuk Chuk…If you are travelling by train then you have 2 options. The best option is to arrive at kamakhya junction railway Station.
Kamakhya temple is very close to it.
If you are arriving to Guwahati Railway Station, then make your stay at Paltan bazar. Lots of accomodations are available. Ten book a cab or taxi ( Uber and Ola are available) to Kamakhya Temple.
Buses are also available, board any bus to Maligoan or Jalukbari. The buses pases through the Kamakhya Temple route, so you can easily de-board the bus on the gate of Kamakhya temple.
You must be a serious Rider, or you got a driver. Get Google maps, mark the destination ” kamakhya Temple” through NH-40.
I can’t say to take a left turn at 100 meters, Google’s Lady will do it for you.
Who built Kamakhya temple in Assam?
Kamakhya Temple was built by Mlechchha dynasty and Rebuilt by Koch King Nara Narayan and Ahom kings and was completed in around 8th-17th century.
What does Ambubachi mean?
Ambubachi is a Mela known as Amubachi Mela. It is celebrated in the middle of June when sun transit to the zodiac of Mithuna, when the Brahmaputra river is in spate.
It is Hindu Mela, held in kamakhya Temple and is celebrated every year. During this time, thousands of people gather at the temple to workship and celebrate.
The crowd of people is so much that the entire hill and the streets are full of people. Here’s a look of it.
Kamakhya Temple Timings.
Morning ::5:30 AM – Snana of the Pithasthana.
6:00 AM – Nitya puja.
8:00 AM – Temple door open for devotees.
1:00 PM – Temple door closed for cooked offerings to the goddess followed by distribution among the devotees.
2:30 PM – Temple door reopens for the devotees.
5:15 PM – Closing of the temple door for the night.
7:30 PM – Aarati of Goddess.
5:30 AM – Snana of the Pithasthana.
6:00 AM – Nitya Puja Saradiya Durga Puja.
9:00 AM – Temple door open for devotees.
1:00 PM – Temple door closed for cooked offerings to the goddess followed by distribution among the devotees. Closing of the temple door at sunset.
7:30 PM – Aarati of Goddess.
Why Kamakhya temple is closed for 3 days?
The temple remains closed for 3 days during the mela for it is believed that mother earth becomes unclean for three days like the traditional women’s menstrual seclusion.
On the fourth day the devotees are allowed to enter the temple and worship devi Kamakhya.
What is the best time to visit Kamakhya Temple?
Through out the year. Its always at its best.
Although if you like to enjoy the Mela and would like to get into the crowd of devotees than the best time for you will be the Ambubachi mela.
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If you are visiting Assam for the First time, then try to Visit Manas National park or Kaziranga National park