The Kamakhya Temple, situated on the Nilachal Hill in the western part of Guwahati city in Assam is one of the oldest of the 51 Shakti Peethas in India. The main temple is surrounded by individual temples dedicated to the ten Mahavidyas: Kali, Tara, Sodashi, Bhuvaneshwari, Bhairavi, Chhinnamasta, Dhumavati, Bagalamukhi, Matangi and Kamalatmika.
Being the centre for Tantra worship this temple attracts thousands of tantra devotees in an annual festival known as the Ambubachi Mela. Another annual celebration is the Manasha Puja. Durga Puja is also celebrated annually at Kamakhya during Navaratri in the autumn. This five-day festival attracts several thousand visitors.
Kamakhya Temple is one of the most powerful temples in India. And is a very well known temple where men are not allowed to enter the temple premises during certain times of the year.
During Ambubachi Mela time, the main door of the temple remains shut for four days. It is believed that the Goddess menstruates during those days. On this occasion, men are not allowed to enter the temple and only female priests or sanyasis are allowed to serve the temple during those days.
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How to Reach:
Located 8 kilometer away from Guwahati city, and 6 km from Guwahati railway station the best way to reach Kamakhya Temple is by cab or a taxi. The temple is about 20 km from Guwahati Airport, which is linked to all major Airports across India.
Kamakhya, Guwahati, Assam 781010