One of the most popular temples of India is Kamakhya Temple. Lakhs of devotees visit the Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati, Assam, every year to pay their respect and offer their devotion to the Goddess Kamakhya. It is one of the oldest temples and is the main one in the complex of 10 temples that are adjoining. The shrine is visited by both Hindu as well as tantric devotees. This widely famous temple is renowned for its legendary tales and also its architecture. It is on the Nilachal Hill and is a very large complex with 6 temples and 6 monuments within. It is also famed as the temple of the bleeding Goddess. Legend has it that during the month of June, the waters of the River Brahmaputra turn red because of her menstruating blood.
History of the Temple
The Kamakhya Temple, rich with its religious importance and cultural value, was built approximately around the 7th and 8th centuries by several creators and benefactors reigning during that time period. During the 16th century, the temple was destroyed and reconstruction was done by Chilarai on the ruins that were available and reconstructible.
Popular Things To Do & See Around
While visiting the Kamakhya Temple, you can enjoy the scenic beauty of the Nilachal Hills and explore the artistic sculptures of the shrine. It is adorned with several artworks which can take up several hours for one to explore it all. During the months of September and October, there is a 5-day festival of Durga Puja which is celebrated here with great mirth and verve.
Opening/Closing Timings and days
The general darshan timings of Kamakhya Temple on special occasions, like Durga Puja, the timings are 5:30 AM – Snana of the Pithasthana. 6:00 AM – Nitya puja. 8:00 AM – Temple door open for devotees. 1:00 PM – Temple door closed for cooked offerings to the Goddess.
You can reach Kamakhya Temple from the city of Guwahati which is well-connected by roads, rails and airways.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the Kamakhya Temple is during the months of November to May, as the climate cools down and lets everyone enjoy the additional beauty of the blooming orchids.