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Kamakhya Temple is one of the oldest and most revered Tantric practise places

One of the oldest and most revered Tantric practise places is the Kamakhya Temple at Nilachal Hills in Guwahati, Assam, which is dedicated to the goddess Kamakhya. The temple is the hub of the Kulachara Tantra Marga and the location of the yearly festival Ambubachi Mela, which honours the goddess’ menstrual cycle. In the Shakta tradition, it is also one of the four oldest pithas out of 51. Previously a little-known centre of worship, it underwent significant development in the 19th century under colonial control, notably for Bengalis.

Description

The temple’s current structural state and the scattered rock-cut sculpture in the area show that it has undergone numerous construction and renovation phases over the eight to tenth, eleventh to twelfth, thirteenth to fourteenth, and even later centuries. The current shape, which dates to the 16th century. Gave rise to an indigenous hybrid design known as the Nilachal type. Which features a temple with a hemispherical dome resting on a cruciform base. The temple has four chambers: the garbhagriha and three mandapas known as calanta, pancharatna, and natamandira in the local language.

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Site of Kameikha

The Khasi goddess Ka Meikha (roughly, “old-cousin-mother”) is the source of the name Kamakhya. Which was given to the temple by historians. These claims are confirmed by the tradition of the Khasi and Garo peoples who once worshipped there. The goddess Kamakhya is of Kirata origin. According to the ancient tales from the Kalika Purana (10th century) and the Yogini Tantra, and her devotion predates the founding of Kamarupa (4th century CE).

Festivals

In Guwahati, Assam, local musicians are singing bhajans at the Kamakhya temple.
The Ambubachi Mela, an annual celebration, draws thousands of tantric worshippers to this temple because it is the epicentre of Tantra worship. The Manasha Puja is another annual event. At Kamakhya, Durga Puja is also yearly observed during the autumnal festival of Navaratri. The five-day celebration draws thousands of people.

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