Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 8.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Saturday: 8.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Sunday: 8.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Public Holidays: 8.00 AM - 7.00 PM
The Kamakhya temple, located at a distance of 7 km from Guwahati, is one of the biggest Shakti shrines in the country. Situated on the Nilachal hills, this temple is an important pilgrimage centre for tantric worshippers and Hindus. It is also considered important as it is the temple where the beliefs and practices of the Aryan communities coincide with non-Aryan communities.
The former temple was destroyed by Kala Pahar, which was later reconstructed in 1565 by Chilarai, who was the reigning king of the Koch dynasty. This temple is dedicated to different forms of Mother Shakti, namely Sundari, Tripura, Tara, Bhuvaneshvari, Bagalamukhi and Chinnamasta. Comprising three major chambers, the present structure is considered as a sacred complex.
The western chamber is rectangular in shape, while the middle chamber is square in shape. The middle chamber consists of inscriptions and images of Naranarayana. The most sacred shrine is located within the temple, which is also the third chamber.
The third chamber with a yoni-like cleft in the bedrock is in the form of a cave. The temple also has a natural spring, which flows through the cleft. This spring helps in keeping the chamber moist.
Dedicated to different forms of Lord Shiva, there are five temples within the complex of Kamakhya temple. In addition, the temple complex also houses three temples of Lord Vishnu, present in the form of Kedara, Gadadhara and Pandunath.
There are several legends and myths associated with this temple. According to one of the popular legends, it is believed that the reproductive organ of Sati settled on the earth at this place, which was followed by her death. On the other hand, another popular belief states that this temple is associated with Goddess Kali.
Ambubachi Mela is one of the major festivals of this temple. The festival is held every year to commemorate the yearly menstruation of Goddess Kamakhya. It is also said that during the month of mid-June, which is also an Ahar, there is a natural spring which flows through the yoni.
Several other pujas are organised in this temple including Durga Puja, Durgadeul and Madandeul. Some of the other pujas performed in this temple include Manasa Puja, Pohan Biya and Vasanti Puja.
What holidayIQ travellers feel about the cleanliness of this attraction.
Its very clean and systematic temple. It's the most spiritual Shaktipeeth among all Shaktipeeths. One can avoid long queue by paying ₹501 and getting into special line. Must visit the bhairav temple located in midst of Brahmaputra river. Overall had a very pleasant experience.
Kamakhya temple is one of the Shakteepeeth of devi. We last visited here in Oct 201. It is 6 km from Guwahati railway station on Neel Parbat. You have to give time here 6 hours for darshan. Nice market behind the temple. You can see Bali inside the temple.
It is good holy & spiritual place to visit. Only problem is that you must queue to Darshan the Kamakhya at least within 4. 00 pm; other wise you will not be able to visit for the day. VIP ticket is @500/- per head. It will take one and half hour at least to visit. Gate of the temple is closing at about 5. 00 pm every day, mind it.
Kamakhya temple is one of the most sacred places in Guwahati. Because of it's popularity, it is usually a very crowded destination but a must visit if you are in Guwahati. The cave where the temple is situated is huge and there are positive vibes which come when you are in the sanctum sanctorum.
Temple is so clean, they have used systematic rule. Their are no Dallas in the temple. Its to good, camera not use in the temple. But it use out side of the temple. Local people are helpful. One is more important that the bus facility is available. This temple is high from ground.
Kamakhya temple, nestled atop Melancholy hill in Guwahati city, is one of the most popular temples of Goddess Durga in Eastern and North-Eastern India. It is well connected to the city by a steep, hilly road. The way to the top is absolutely scenic. Kamakhya trust has built 2 view points along this road which give 270° view of the city below. Compared to other famous temples, aka shakti-peethas, of Maa Durga in India this temple is pretty small and gets congested on weekends and holidays. The general queues are much longer and you may require a couple of hours just to get inside the main temple. You may bypass the queue by paying a fee of Rs. 500 ($8 approx) This practice is followed in almost all major temples in India, but I personally find it immoral, hence didn't go inside. Maa Kamakhya is often offered sacrifices of lambs. One happened right in front of my eyes. Some people (like me) may find it gross. A separate place for slaughtering is provided in front of 'garbha-gruha'. Small restaurants and eateries provide tourists and pilgrims a few options to eat. Assam Transport Corporation buses ply between Kamakhya temple and Guwahati Railway station on hourly basis.
This temple is a must to visit place of Assam. You can board direct local bus from near fancy bazar road to temple top or else there are vans which charge Rs. 20/Person to carry you at top. From there you can start your darshan process. For general darshan which are free you must go quite early there as the queues are very slow. There is a provision of paying Rs. 500 and in that you can get darshan in 2 hours minimum. The best time to visit temple is evening 3-5 as you will get chance to darshan many holy sadhus and supernaturalists. Temple shuts down around 5 pm and opens at 4 am. North east India is 40/45 minutes ahead of mainland Indian states in time. Although officially this is not accepted yet. Sun sets too early and rises too early if we measure as per Delhi time zone.
If you opt for Rs. 500 darshan you will be taken inside of the cave where actual holy goddess is situated. For general, darshan from outside given. If you opt for Rs. 500 route when you are taken inside there will be many places where priests will push you to donate. Which is unjustified. However you can donate at one place of your choice. Otherwise everything is good there. Just mind, don't plan temple visit near sunsets or after sunsets as temple closes.
All devotee should try to reach the temple in between 8-8:30 am in morning. Because it will take atleast 3 hours to complete the visit and the temple is closed between 1 pm to 2:30 pm. So it is better to visit the temple in between first half. Don't hire a Panda to complete the puja, please stand in queue, the arrangement is superb in temple by authorised body. It is a must visit place in Guwahati
You need a minimum 4 to 5 hours to visit the temple. Usually it will be opens at 8. 00am and closes at 5. 30pm. In between 1. 00pm to 2. 30pm it will be closed. And huge crowd always. Special Darsham Rs. 500 for that also required minimum 2 to 3 hours. Plan it properly.
Paid 501Rs to skip the long line. Still it took about 20 minutes to get inside. That's because this place is so popular. Many people warship taking relatively long time. Getting to the center of the temple is like getting to the center of the universe. Such a special and sacred atmosphere I felt.