Ambubachi Mela and Kukurakata Chaki, Kamakhya-Part III

Kshetra Puranas and Other stories

Kamakhya, as seen before, has a mixture of architectual styles and elements.  Some of these have stories of their own to narrate to the vast crowds that gather. The temple at Kamakhya has, for instance, attached to it, a water tank and a flight of steps from the foot hills. The story behind these two are just as interesting as the story of the temple itself and forms an integral part of the divine acts of Devi Kamakhya.

Devi Kamakhya

Naraka, was the King of Pragjyothishapura. He was born to Vishnu and Bhooma Devi and was left on Janaka’s field, entrusting his upkeep to the King of Mithila. Janaka brought up Naraka along with the other royal princes. Naraka excelled all the other royal princes in every form of art and warcraft. This frightened the King of Mithila. He was now worried about the possible seizing of his kingdom, by Naraka, from…

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The Legend of Nilachala, Kamakhya-Part II

Kshetra Puranas and Other stories

Kamakhya, as we saw before, stands atop a mountain referred to as Nilachala or the Blue Mountain. The mountain is thought to be the very body of Shiva, and when Sati’s vagina fell on it, it turned a violent blue, giving the mountain its present name. Kamakhya, is thought to be the place where Sakthi secretly resorts to satisfy her amour with Shiva and hence all the love and erotic legends connected with it. 

What is unique about Kamakhya, is the absence of any particular idol of the goddess. The main item of worship which is given all respects is a yoni, (a hole shaped like the clittoris or the opening of a vagina), from which flows a perennial spring keeping it moist always. It is often covered with red cloth and flowers and the devotees are allowed to touch it and worship it. Some even drink the water that…

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Daksha’s Spoilt Yagna, Kamakhya-Part I

Kshetra Puranas and Other stories

About three miles from Gauhati, Assam, on the holy hill of Neelachala lies the famed temple of Kameswari sametha Kameswara, Kamakhya. The temple is considered to be one of the potent sites by all the sakthas and tantric followers, where the goddess is worshipped in both her creative and erotic roles. The temple sees a steady surge of pilgrims all through the year and a huge gathering in the months of August-September for the famed Ambubachi carnival, to prostrate and pray before a round hole on earth from which flows a perennial spring. The origins of this temple are quite obscure and there are a number of versions. But they all start at the very same point- Daksha’s Grand Yagna.

Daksha, one of the sons of Brahma and one of the chief Prajapatis was conducting a grand scale yagna. The purpose of the yagna, was not to attain great powers…

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