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    About Kamakhya

    Kamakhya – The Goddess of Desire

     

    Kamakhya is regarded as the Hindu goddess of desire. The name KamakhyaKamakhyaKamakhya
    Kamakhya is regarded as the Hindu goddess of desire. The name Kamakhya literally means “renowned goddess of desire” in Sanskrit.
    literally means “renowned goddess of desire” in Sanskrit. She is believed to be an important goddess for the tantrics and is considered to have evolved on the Himalayas. The Kamakhya temple in Assam is regarded as one of the most important manifestations of the supreme goddess and a place of pilgrimage in the world.

     

    Depiction

     

    Kamakhya is often portrayed as a young, beautiful, sixteen years old girl. She is depicted to have six heads and twelve arms. She holds various items like bell, bowl, lotus, and weapons like trident, sword, scepter, shield etc. in her hands. She wears a beautiful red Sari, A type of an Indian dress sparkling jewelry and is decorated with red hibiscus flowers. She is seated on a lotus coming out from the navel of Shiva, who himself is lying on a lion. The depiction is very vivid and different from all the other Goddesses. 

     

    Legends

     

    Many Vedic texts and references state that once upon a time there was an arrogant king called Daksha. He had a daughter named SatiSatiSati
    The name Sati means true and justifying her name...
    who was an incarnation of the supreme goddess AdiParashakti. When Sati grew up and achieved womanhood, DakshaDakshaDaksha
    Brahma, the creator of the universe, created Daksha from his right thumb...
    thought of getting her married. He brought proposals of gods, princes and many other powerful beings for her but she rejected all of them. She was a great devotee of ShivaShivaShiva
    Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ...
    and wanted to marry him. She then went to a forest and performed intense penance in order to please the deity. After several years of her prayers, Shiva was pleased and agreed to make her his consort. Sati then went back to his father’s place and invited him to her marriage with Shiva to which Daksha became very angry as she was going to marry someone he did not chose. He told her to go away and, in a way, cut off all the bonds with her. After some time, however, Shiva and Sati got married and this infuriated Daksha a lot. One day Daksha decided to perform yajna. He invited gods, goddesses, kings and many other beings to the ritual but did not invite Shiva and Sati. When Sati got to know about it, she tried to persuade Shiva to go to the yajna with her. But Shiva refused and told her not to go there as well. However, Sati was determined on going to the yajna to which Shiva agreed and told her that she could go but he would not come with her. His troops escorted Sati to the yajna. On seeing her at the yajna, Daksha became very angry and started shouting at her. He insulted her and her husband Shiva, and kept on yelling for a long time. Sati tried to talk some sense into him but it was of no use as he would not listen to anything she said. Upon this Sati became furious and assumed her true form of AdiParashakti. There was lightening, thunder and chaos all around the world. The earth was not able to bear the rage of Sati and was on the verge of complete destruction. Sati cursed Daksha that he would be killed by her husband Shiva. After some time she sat down and immolated herself, giving away her life. 

     

    When Shiva got to know about the series of aforementioned events, he was filled with rage, anger and grief. He went out of control and began Tandava. It is the divine and vigorous dance of Shiva. It represents the cycle of creation, preservation and destruction. Tandava is also of two types i.e., Rudra Tandava, which depicts his violent nature and Ananda Tandava, which depicts Shiva enjoying his dance. It is majorly performed in the states of South India, which has vigorous and brisk movements. According to scriptures, Shiva have performed Tandav many times but one of the most important incidence was when Sati jumped into the sacrificial fire and killed herself and Shiva performed Rudra Tandava to show his anger and grief. He then created various forms of his rage and power. Ultimately, Daksha was decapitated by Virabhadra- one of the powers of Shiva. With time, Shiva’s anger mollified and he stopped dancing. He then forgave Daksha and restored his life and kingdom. Daksha’s head was replaced with that of a goat. Daksha realized his fault and became a devotee of Shiva. Shiva then took the corpse of his wife Sati and wandered around the world, carrying the corpse, remembering the moments Shiva and Sati spent together. VishnuVishnuVishnu
    Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,..
    saw all of this and realized the plights of Shiva. He then began to cut down the corpse of Sati into fifty two parts so that ultimately Shiva would not be left with any part of Sati’s corpse. Each part of Sati’s body fell down on the earth and established a Shakti Peeth. It is believed that her Yoni – the womb – fell on the Nilachal Hill of Guwahati, Assam. This place came to be known as the manifestation of Kamakhya and, eventually, Kamakhya temple was built here.

     

    Another legend states that once Kamadeva, the god of love, disturbed Shiva from his meditation in order to wake him up. As such when Shiva woke up, he was full of so much rage and anger that he opened his third eye and with his wrath burnt down KamadevaKamadevaKamadeva
    Kamadeva is regarded as the Hindu god of love and desire. The name Kamadeva is a conjugation of two Sanskrit words “Kama” and “Deva”. “Kama” means “desire” and “Deva” means “God”.
    into ashes instantly. This created utter imbalance in the world. When Parvatias well as Kamadeva's wife RatiRatiRati
    Rati is a Sanskrit word meaning pleasure and delight, and mostly...
    along with all the gods pleaded to Shiva to revive Kamadeva, Shiva was reluctant. He then stared at the ashes of Kamadeva and with the power of his sight a demon named Bhandasura He was a demon who came into existence through the ashes of Kamdeva. The Love God was killed by Shiva and he cease to exist as soon as Shiva transformed him into ashes. From these ashes, a new being was born who was later killed by the Goddess Ambika. The ashes were brought into life by Ganesha who started playing with those ashes, made a demon and put life into it. When he came into existence, he behaved as a friend of Ganesha but later on, he was filled with so much of hatred and rage that he started creating havoc and inflicting atrocities. took birth. Bhandasuramade the whole world impotent and started creating trouble and chaos for the gods and demigods. The gods then went to Nirguna Brahmana for help. Following his directions all the gods performed mahaYajna, the ultimate religious ceremony. From the ceremonial fires rose Kamakhya, who spread love and desire all around the world and, eventually, restored the balance of the world.

     

    Worship and Beliefs

     

    Kamakhya is believed to bless her devotees and worshippers with everything they desire with a pure and sincere heart. Durga Puja It is a prayer ritual performed to make offerings, honoring, evoking or worshipping gods. The ceremony can also be performed to pay homage to the beloved ones who are deadis a major Hindu festival associated with her. Kamakhya is conceived as a powerful goddess who symbolizes omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence. The Goddess fulfill all the desires, be it physical, materialistic or spiritual. All the devotees have to do is desire and their hopes come true. 

     


     
     

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