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Kamakhya Temple, Kamagiri

Kamakhya Temple Overview

Kamakhya is located on a hill - Neelachala Parvat or Kamagiri near the city of Guwahati in Assam. Shakti, residing on the Kamagiri hill is known as Kamakhya, the granter of desires. Assam traditionally has been recognized as the Kamarupa Desa and has been associated with Tantric practices and Shakti worship. This temple 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. As one of the 'Shaktipiths', it marks the place where Sati's 'Yoni' (vulva) landed when her body fell to earth in 51 pieces, and is one of the three most important tantric temples in India. A short walk up the hill brings one to a smaller and emptier temple with great views of Guwahati and the Brahmaputra. The Shakti Temple of Goddess Kamakhya situated on the top of Nilachal Hills (8 Km. from the railway station of Guwahati). This is the most famous temple of Assam renowned all over India. The Kalika Purana, an ancient job in Sanskrit describes Kamakhya as the yielder of all requirements, the young bride of Shiva, and the donor of salvation.

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