WHO, WHERE AND WHAT IS KAMAKHYA DEVI FAMOUS FOR?
One of the most mystic temples of the Indian Tantric tradition, KAMAKHYA temple also known as Kamrup-Kamakhya temple, Kamakhya Devalaya, located at Guwahati, Assam, India is one of the oldest of the 51 Shakti peethas. 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 goddess is worshipped according to boththe Vamachara (Left-Hand Path) as well as the Dakshinachara (Right-Hand Path) modes of worship. Offerings to the goddess are usually flowers but might include animal sacrifices.
According to the Kalika Purana, Kamakhya Temple denotes the spot where Sati used to retire in secret to satisfy her amour with Shiva, and it was also the place where her yoni (genital) fell after Shiva danced with the corpse of Sati.
The inner sanctum, the garbhagriha, is below ground level and consists of no image but a rock fissure in the shape of a yoni (female genital):
The garbhagriha is small, dark and reached by narrow steep stone steps. Inside the cave, there is a sheet of stone that slopes downwards from both sides meeting in a yoni-like depression some 10 inches deep. This hollow is constantly filled with water from an underground perennial spring. It is the vulva-shaped depression that is worshipped by the goddess Kamakhya herself and is considered the most important pitha (abode) of the Devi.
What is AMBUBACHI MELA at Kamakhya?
Legend has it that during the month of Ashadh i.e. June according to the Gregorian Calendar, the Brahmaputra River that flows beside the temple turns red. It is believed that this is a divine phenomenon and that it happens because the Goddess menstruates during this time. While some people claim it is due to the high iron and Cinnabar deposits in the water, others continue to believe that it is a divine miracle! Thus, every year during the Ambubachi Mela, the river and the temple attracts thousands of devotees.
The Ambubachi Festival is a celebration of the Goddess’ fertility. The celebration hinges on the belief that the Mother Goddess, Kamakhya, Shiva’s young bride, is menstruating at this time. The Temple remains closed and the Goddess is bathed after those three days after which the normal activities of the temple are resumed. It is believed that at the time of monsoon when this festival is observed, Mother Earth is at her fertile best due to the rain nurturing her womb (the soil).
The temple is considered unique as it enshrines no image of the goddess. Within the temple, there is a cave, in a corner of which stands a block of stone on which the symbol of Yoni has been sculptured. The stone is kept moist from the oozing of a natural spring within the cave. The offerings of flowers and leaves are made.
WHY IS SHE CALLED KAMAKHYA?
In this stanza, Shiva talks:
“As the Goddess has gone to the incredible mountain Nilakuta (Nilachala) to appreciate having intercourse with me (Shiva), she is known as the goddess Kamakhya (eminent Goddess of want), who lives there covertly.
“Since she gives love, is a caring female, is the epitome of affection, the dearest, she reestablishes the appendages of Kama, and obliterates the appendages of Kama, she is called Kamakhya.”
Kama is frequently interpreted as desire or want, yet it is additionally love. Kama is the name of the God of affection, and the inclination of adoration and want inside.
Kama implies love or want, and akhya implies notable or prestigious. In this way, Kamakhya is in a real sense the Renowned Goddess of Love or the Renowned Goddess of Desire.
Kamakhya, or Kameshvari, is genuinely both the source and satisfaction of all craving, and the source and satisfaction of adoration. She instructs us that affection is the total quintessence of the Divine and that through unadulterated, divine love we may deliver connections to insignificant things, and understand our actual heavenly na
Kamakhya, or Kameshvari as She is likewise regularly known, is the Renowned Goddess of Desire whose hallowed place is arranged in a collapse the core of the Nilachal Hills in Guwahati, Assam. As the yoni (which means source, vulva and belly) of Mahadevi, She is perceived as the type of want (Kamarupa, Kamarupini), yet She is the actual wellspring of our cravings, and furthermore, the One who gives our longings. She wants itself, just as its satisfaction.
Kamakhya Puja Ritual:
In this Puja, I will be chanting 21 mantras of Kamakhya Devi Mantra along with offering Kumkum onto her specially designed Yantra along with making other devotional offerings like Kamiya Sindoor, Vastram and other upacharas like deepam, incense and other things. All these will be done on your prayer basis requests.
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