Considered to be one of the oldest of the 51 “Shakti Peethas, the Kamakhya Temple is a temple dedicated to Goddess Kamakhya. This temple is located in Assam in the western area of the Guwahati city. It also consists of several small temples that are dedicated to the ten “Mahavidyas” i.e. great wisdoms within its premises. Important travel information regarding this “sacred” pilgrimage site is as follows.
a. Best time to visit:
The ideal time to visit this temple is during winters which begin in November and end in March when the climate is extremely pleasant with, the temperature ranging from a maximum of 23 degree Celsius to a minimum of 10 degree Celsius.
b. How to reach Kamakhya Temple
Kamakhya Temple Map
1. By train:
The closest railway station to this temple is located in Guwahati. The Guwahati Railway Station is well connected to most of the major cities and towns in the country.
2. By road:
There are a number of bus services available from Guwahati that connect to major cities around the country.
3. By air:
The nearest airport to this temple is located in Guwahati. The Guwahati Airport is well connected to major cities in the country.
c. Religious significance:
According to a myth this temple is located at a site where Goddess Sati apparently lost her “yoni” i.e. vagina/womb after Lord Shiva danced with her corpse. Yet another legend claims that it was at the site of this temple that Goddess Sati used to make love with Lord Shiva. According to the ancient Sanskrit scripture Kalika Purana, Goddess Kamakhya has been described as the bride of Lord Shiva, as the one who gives in to all desires, and as the one who provides for salvation.
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