10 December 2016

The Secrets of Maa Kamakhya Devi Temple, Assam (The Shakti Peeth) in English

Maa Kamakhya Devi Temple









  •      The Maa Kamakhya Devi Temple is a Hindu temple, situated in Assam, India dedicated to the Goddess Maa Kamakhya Mata, one of the oldest Shakti Peeths of the World.

  •       There are so many unheard and true tales about the temple, here is the hidden secrets of Maa Kamakhya Devi temple you might have never heard of. 


Legend


     Goddess Sati wedded Lord Shiva against the wish of her father (king Daksha). Once king Daksha was having a "Yagna", but he didn’t gave invitation Sati and Shiva. Sati was very disappointed, but she still went to her father’s palace. When she reached there, her father  hurt her and insulted Lord Shiva. Sati was unable to bear this disrespect for her husband Lord Shiva, so she jumped in the "Yagna" fire and killed herself.

     When Lord Shiva came to know about this, he got very angry. Enraged Shiva wondered while holding the dead body of Maa Sati in his arms. He started the dance (Tandava) of destruction of the universe. Lord Vishu in order to save the universe, cut the body of Sati into pieces with his Sudarshan chakra. Body parts of Sati fell at different places and these places are known as the "Shakti Peeths".

Secrets of Maa Kamakhya Devi Temple


1.     Kamakhya Temple, Assam is one among the 52 shakti peeths of the World. Kamakhya Temple is situated at the top of "Ninanchal Hill" (811 feet above sea level) in the Western part of Guwahati, Assam. There is no image of Shakti here within a corner of the cave in the temple, there is sculptured image of the oni of the goddess, which is the object of reverence. A natural spring keeps the stone moist. Other temples on the Ninanchal Hill include those of Tara, Bhairavi, Bhuvaneshwari and Ghantakarna. 

2.     The temple was destroyed in the 16th century and then rebuilt in the 17th century by king "Nara Narayana" of Cooch Bihar.

3.     The current temple has a beehive-like Shikhara with delightful sculptured panels and images of Ganesha and other Hindu Gods and Goddesses on the outside. 

4.     The temple consists of three major chambers. The western chamber is large and rectangular and is not used by 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 Nara Narayana, related inscriptions and other Gods.

5.     The middle chamber leads to the sanctum 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.


6.     In Kamakhya temple, yoni of the Goddess fell. 

7.     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, Naraka thought 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. 




Story about the stair case of the temple



      There was a demon Naraka who fell in love with Goddess Kamakhya and wanted to marry her. Goddess put a condition that if he would be able to build a staircase from the bottom of the Ninanchal Hill to the temple within one night, then she would surely marry him. 


  •      Apart from the daily puja offered to Kamakhya Devi, many types of special pujas are also held round the year in Kamakhya Temple. These pujas are Durga Puja, Pohan Biya, Durgadeul, Vasanti puja, Madandeul, Ambuvaci and Manasa puja.




Durga Puja:- Durga Puja is celebrated every year during the month of September-October, also known as “Navratri”.



Ambubachi Puja:- This is also an annually celebrated fertility festival of Maa Kamakhya Devi. It is assumed that the Goddess experience menstrual during the period and the temple remains closed for 3 days and then opened with great festivity on fourth day called Ambubachi Mela.



Pohan Biya:- This festival is celebrated as symbolic marriage between Lord Kamesvara and Kamesvari Devi during the Hindi month of Pausha during December-January.



Vasanti Puja:- Vasanti puja is carried out at Kamakhya Devi temple in the Hindi month of Chaitra or during March-April.



Manasha Puja:- This Puja is performed from Sankranti and continues up to the second day of Bhadrapad. 

Durgadeul:- During the month of Phalguna, Durgadeul is observed in Kamakhya.  Madandeul:- This deul is observed during the month of Chaitra when Lord Kamadeva and Kamesvara is offered special puja. 

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