Kamakhya Devi, Kamakshi Temple, Varanasi

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Deity:Kamakhya Devi, Kamakshi
Architectural style:Dravidian architecture
Major festivalsNavratri

Lord Shiva was in Mandarachal and Kashi was ruled by a very pious and religious King named Divodas. In his Kingdom every one was very happy and there was all round prosperity. He had reached an understanding with Lord Brahma that as long as he was ruling, Devas and other celestial beings should stay away from Kashi and should not create any disturbance in Kashi. (Kashi Khand, Chapter 45).

Lord Brahma more or less agreed to it but on one condition that King Divodas should prove to be an excellent administrator and all people living in Kashi and visiting Kashi should be treated well in their religious pursuits. The King agreed and accordingly gave excellent governance.

Lord Shiva was very upset at being away from Kashi for a long time and he wanted to make King Divodas commit some mistake. Accordingly, he sent sixty four Yoginis to create some disturbance, but they were enthralled by the beauty and serene surroundings of Kashi which appeared to be a part of heaven. They ultimately settled down in Kashi and established themselves at various places all round the Kshetra. KAMAKHYA DEVI (KAMAKSHI DEVI) was one of them

All the places where these Yoginis stationed themselves are regarded as Shakti Peeth. A person praying at these places will get divine energy. The devotees will be blessed with mental peace, victory in competitions and debates and will attain all round success.

See also  Shaileshwar Temple, Varanasi

Kashi Khand, Chapter 72, in another reference has described Kamakhya as a super power created by Goddess in her fight with Durgasur.


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