Kamakhaya Temple, Guwahati

Kamakhaya Temple

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    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • 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.
 

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Arvind Kumar

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  • Arvind Kumar
  • Lives in Noida
  • 555 photos
  • 17 Reviews
  •  241 helpful votes
  •  1658 readers
  • Posted Nov 16, 2016
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Arvind Kumar

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  • Arvind Kumar
  • Lives in Noida
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  • 17 Reviews
  •  241 helpful votes
  •  1658 readers
  • Posted Nov 16, 2016
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5/7
  • 647

Siva K

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  • Siva K
  • Lives in Guntur
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  24 readers
  • Posted 3 months ago
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Kittu Sharma

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  • Kittu Sharma
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 17 photos
  • 48 Reviews
  •  41 helpful votes
  •  3750 readers

"Peace and spiritual inside"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This is a shakti peeth of Hindus and sacred places.

You need to be in queue for 3 to 4 hours in normal line for darshan or need to take VIP ticket costing 501 reducing waiting line to 30 minutes to 1 hour, The temple is very old and you like to hear, you feel so peaceful out here.

You can take flowers and coconut diya to offer to goddess and Pandit will guide you for pooja and accordingly they shall charge.
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Nithya

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  • Nithya
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  • 4 Reviews
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"My Kamakhya bless us all!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is a lovely temple with these misshaped structures. You must buy the 501 priced ticket to be able to move forward in the queue faster. The sanctum sanctorum is in a deep well kind of place. It is dark and there are no proper lights also. You must carefully step down as there will be huge crowds. But thankfully people do not push and pull like other places. In fact, people help others get down or climb up. It is a worthy visit to get Ma's blessings. Outside, taking pictures is fun, there are many photographers who offer to take pictures. There is a place where you have to go stick a one rupee coin. After this, you can go down to have a sumptuous meal offered by the temple people. A hearty and tasty meal of khichdi, papad, subji, and kheer.
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Ashish samanta

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  • Ashish samanta
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 2 Reviews
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"Horrible Kamakhya"

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Self with family visited Kamakhya temple on 27th September 2017. We reached there at 6. 30 AM and stand in the queue for entrance ticket of Rs. 500. Ticket counter was supposed to be opened at 8 AM but it opened at 9. 30 AM. We have to stand in another queue till the cage opened at 10 AM. We have stuckup till 1. 30 PM within the cage in a suffocated condition and even where one can not freely move inside it. We have overcome this situation until we were released after 3 and half hours of painful waiting.
Actual drama we have seen when entered inside the main temple. There was another queue of devotees sponsored by the head prist and his colleague who entered through the exit door. Most of these devotees paid handsome bribe to the chelas of the head prist and make our way very rough. We feel ourself lucky as we came out without any big trouble.
I must say Assam Government should take necessay steps to counter these illegal proceedings happening here with the peaceful devotees inside the temple arena and also cick back this head prist and his challas for ever.
I would recommend visitors not to visit this place until the atmosphere is changed.
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Jabir ahmed choudhury

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  • Jabir ahmed choudhury
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  • 1 Review
  •  92 readers

"Best place for peace of mind"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 22, 2017
Kamakhya temple is located at the top of Nichol hill. The view from top of the hill is very amazing. The temple reminds us some historical events that is because it was built many hundred years ago. There are many old sculptures inside and outside the temples which were built in 15th - 16th century. They show the talent of the craftpersons of that era, these sculptures are very astonishing
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Swagata  Mandal

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  • Swagata Mandal
  • 6 Reviews
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"Very organised temple"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 26, 2017
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.
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Vidyut Maurya

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  • Vidyut Maurya
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  • Lives in Ghaziabad
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  • 116 Reviews
  •  34 helpful votes
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"Nice temple"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Mar 8, 2017
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.
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Debasish banerjee

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  • Debasish banerjee
  • 6 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  231 readers

"Kamakhya"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 3, 2017
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.
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Rohan Khandelwal

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  • Rohan Khandelwal
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 23 Reviews
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"Must visit place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 12, 2017
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.
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Debnath chowdhury

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  • Debnath chowdhury
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"New Experience"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 3, 2017
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.
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Harshavardhan kulkarni

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"Scenic Kamakhya"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 29, 2017
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.
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